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Tourist Visa

Foreign nationals visiting Sri Lanka on following circumstances required to obtain Tourist Visa.

  • Visiting friends and relatives
  • Sightseeing or holidaying
  • Medical treatments
  • Participation in sports, cultural performance
 
FREE VISA SCHEME FOR DESIGNATED COUNTRIES
 

Foreign nationals who hold the passport of list countries and travel to Sri Lankan for tourist purposes are exempted paying ETA fee till 30th April 2020. The list of countries are as follows;

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
China
Croatia
Cyprus
Czechia
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Malaysia
Netherlands
Norway
New Zealand
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States of America
However, any foreign national who will be visiting Sri Lanka for a short period is required to apply ETA and ensure pre-approval before the journey to avoid unnecessary delays at the port of entry and adhere with enhanced pre-clearance.
 
Please visit the official Sri Lanka ETA website for more information on ETA. (www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa)

 

Short-term Tourist Visa (30 days)
Foreign nationals visiting Sri Lanka for less than 30 days on tourist purposes will be granted visa for 30 days with double entries. In this case, the applicant or a third party on behalf of the applicant can apply for the visa by submitting the ETA application to the Consular Division of this Mission or online via the Official ETA website (www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa).
If you are unable to submit the online application due to technical errors, you may submit your application to the nearest Sri Lankan Diplomatic Mission / Embassy with required documents as follows;
 
Documents required
  • Duly filled ETA application (download)
  • Passport (The validity of the passport must be at least six months beyond the date of entry into Sri Lanka)
  • Two recent photographs (standard photo format)
  • Return air ticket
  • Proof of hotel accommodation or an invitation from hosts in Sri Lanka
The Prescribed Fee
ETA Category
Charges in US Dollars
ETA Processing Fee
Reciprocal Visa Fee.
SAARC Countries
All Other Countries

1

Tourist Visa /
Double Entry / 30 days

FOC (till 30.04.2020)

FOC (till 30.04.2020)

Not applicable

 
Processing Time
02 - 04 business days

 

Long-term Tourist Visa (More than 30 days)
Foreign nationals visiting Sri Lanka for a period of more than 30 days on tourist purposes will be granted the visa for maximum 90 days with a double entry. In this case, the applicant or a third party on behalf of the applicant can apply for the visa by submitting the ETA application to the Consular Division of this Mission or online via the Official ETA website (www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa).
If you are unable to submit the online application due to technical errors, you may submit your application to the nearest Sri Lankan Diplomatic Mission / Embassy with required documents as follows;
 
Documents required
  • Duly filled ETA application (download)
  • Passport (The validity of the passport must be at least six months beyond the date of entry into Sri Lanka)
  • Two recent photographs (standard photo format)
  • Return air ticket
  • Proof of hotel accommodation or an invitation from hosts in Sri Lanka
  • Copy of the bank statement showing adequate funds for your stay in Sri Lanka and for the payment of your return passage out of Sri Lanka. (This requirement is not applicable to Sri Lankan Americans.)
  • A letter of explanation for long-term multiple entry visa
  • Passport (The validity of the passport must be at least six months beyond the date of entry into Sri Lanka)
The Prescribed Fee
ETA Category
Charges in US Dollars
ETA Processing Fee
Reciprocal Visa Fee.
SAARC Countries
All Other Countries

1

Tourist Visa /
Single Entry / 90 days

USD 20.00

USD 35.00

Relevant country fee

2
Tourist Visa /
Double Entry / 90 days
USD 20.00 USD 35.00 Twice (x2) the relevant country fee
 
Refer country fee schedule for relevant country fee.
 
Processing Time
02 - 04 business days

 

Reciprocal Visa Scheme for U.S. Nationals (05 year)
On the basis of reciprocity between the U.S.A. and Sri Lanka, the U.S. Nationals are granted visa to Sri Lanka for maximum of 05 years with multiple entries on tourist purposes.
 
Documents required
  • Duly filled Multiple Entry Visa application (download)
  • Duly filled ETA application (download)
  • Valid passport (The validity of the passport must be at least six months beyond the date of entry into Sri Lanka)
  • Two photographs (standard photo format)
The Prescribed Fee
  • Visa fee                      -           USD 100.00
Processing Time
02 - 04 business days
 
Note: If the passport on which the visa/ETA has been issued expires before the visa, the new passport should be submitted to the Mission for the issuance of a new ETA. This will be done at no cost to the applicant.

 

Payment Options
Payments should be done at this Mission by cash / money orders / bank drafts /cheques.
Money orders / Certified cheques should be made payable to the “Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York”.
Card payments are not acceptable.
 
Submission of applications
You can submit the application to the consular division of this Mission by post or by hand. The Consular Division is open from Monday to Friday between 09 am to 01 pm EST. The physical and mailing address is as follows:
 
Consular Division
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
820, 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
 
Return of the documents
You will be informed once the visa is processed and the passport is ready to collect. You may provide the cash receipt issued in order to collect the passport.

If you are unable to collect the passport personally you should authorize your representative in writing to collect the passport on your behalf. The representative should provide an authorization letter along with your current passport, cash receipt, and his / her photo identification.

At your request, your passport may be returned to you by post.

If the return of the documents is desired by post, applicants in the United States may choose one of the following options and make payment in addition to the application fee:

  • Domestic Mailing Fee - Federal Express (FedEx)      – USD 20.00 (within U.S.A.)
  • International Mailing Fee - Federal Express (FedEx) – Relevant Country Rate
This Mission is not responsible for any documents lost in the post.
 

For inquiries and further assistance,

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York
Consular Division
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
820 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
 
+1 212 986 - 7040 (Ext: 118)
 
Department of Immigration and Emigration, Sri Lanka
Controller (Visa and Border Management)
Department of Immigration and Emigration
“Suhurupaya”, Sri Subhuthipura Road,
Battaramulla
Sri Lanka
 
+94 11-53 29400 (Ext. 9400)
+94 11-532 9000 (Hotline)