SUSPENSION OF VISAS IN SRI LANKA DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Please be informed that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the following will be implemented with immediate effect:
All types of visa issuance to enter Sri Lanka for all foreign nationalities will be temporarily suspended until further notice.
All types of Electronic Travel Authorizations (ETA), Entry Visas, Landing Endorsements, Multiple Entry Visas and Residence Visas already granted to all foreign nationals and not arrived to Sri Lanka yet, will be temporarily suspended and they will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka until further notice.
WARNING ABOUT UNOFFICIAL VISA WEBSITES
Please be aware that there are unofficial websites soliciting visa seekers to apply for Sri Lankan visa through their online portals charging exorbitant amounts as visa/service fee.
Please note the following:
The issuing authority of the Sri Lankan ETA visa is the Department of Immigration & Emigration in Sri Lanka and the link for its website is www.immigration.gov.lk
Implementing free visa scheme for designated countries
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 to adhere with enhanced pre-clearance.
With effect from 1st January 2012, all Holiday or Business travelers to Sri Lanka must have a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to enter into Sri Lanka. Please visit www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa for more information.
The ETA requirement is applicable to all nationalities except nationals of the Republic of Maldives, the Republic of Singapore and the Republic of Seychelles, who on the basis of reciprocity, are exempt from this requirement.
The objective of the Sri Lankan visa is to facilitate the legal entry of non-Sri Lankans into Sri Lanka and to regulate the period and conditions governing their stay.
The competent authority for issuing Sri Lankan visas is the Department of Immigration and Emigration. On behalf of the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Sri Lanka diplomatic missions abroad have been authorized to issue visas.
Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)
Applicants who have obtained the visa through ETA website are advised to keep a copy of the ETA approval notice with the passport to be produced at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.
For last-minute travelers who need to visit Sri Lanka on tourist/transit purposes without prior ETA approval, a limited facility to obtain ETA is available at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka. An additional fee of USD 5.00 will apply.
Sri Lankan Dual Citizens (Must provide Original Dual Citizenship certificate at the arrival)
Children born to Sri Lankan parents in overseas and whose birth have been registered under section 5(2) of Citizenship Act – 1948 in Sri Lanka, up to 21 years of age
Children born in Sri Lanka to Sri Lankan parents under 21 years of age, now living abroad.