Please be advised that Sri Lanka has introduced an online visa system for all travellers arriving in Sri Lanka from January 1, 2012.
Visitors must apply for the Electronic Travel Authorization via www.eta.gov.lk established in the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Fees have been introduced for this service – although they have been negotiated downwards substantially after lobbying from the travel trade.
The Department of Immigration, in consultation with the Sri Lanka travel trade, has issued the following advice:
“The ETA system will be effective from midnight 31st December, 2011 and all those who obtain VISA thereafter, will be expected to use the ETA system paying the relevant VISA fees. “For those who arrive without obtaining a Visa Approved Reference number through ETA after midnight 31st December there will be a facility to obtain ‘on-arrival VISA’ by paying the relevant ‘on arrival VISA fee’.”
Please be warned that if visas need to be obtained on arrival, it could cause long delays as well as a visa surcharge. If you have booked transport with us, your driver will wait for you in the event of any unexpected delays Arrivals. You will be provided with a mobile number for the driver before your journey and for your peace of mind may wish to make contact on arrival..
The chart below shows the visa processing fees.
Drivers in Sri lanka regrets any inconvenience that you may find.
|The ETA Processing Fee (important: see note below):
|Tourist Visa with Double Entry for 30 days
|Tourist Visa Single Entry up to 90 days
|Tourist Visa with Double Entry up to 90 days
|Business Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days
|Business Visa with Single Entry up to 90 days
|Business Visa with Multiple Entry up to 90 days
|Transit Visa Single Entry for 2 days
|Transit Visa Single Entry for 3-7 days
Note: Children under 12 need a visa but it will be FREE OF CHARGE. Foreign nationals from the Maldives and Singapore are entitled to a free visa. India and other countries from the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) will be charged a reduced visa admin fee of USD $15 (tourist) and US$25 (business).
Example of acknowledgment – 1st stage
Department of Immigration & Emigration Acknowledgment of ETA application
|Dear John Smith,Your ETA application to visit Sri Lanka has been received.
Your reference number is 111216VI14702345.
You will receive a response for your application within 24 hours.
You may make inquiries only after 24 hours of submission of your ETA application.
|This is a computer generated notice and carries no signature or seal. Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka.
|Example of acknowledgment – 2nd stage
|Note that early experience suggests that the reply can often take considerably longer than 24 hours.
Department of Immigration & Emigration Acknowledgement of ETA application
DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION & EMIGRATION SRI LANKA.
ETA APPROVAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform that your application for ETA has been approved.
ETA No : 111220VI1101393
Name: MR. JOHN SMITH
Nationality: BRITISH CITIZEN
Passport No: xxxxxxxx
Purpose of Travel: Sightseeing, holidaying
Visit Type: Double
Validity of ETA: 21/03/2012
This ETA allows you entry in to Sri Lanka for the purpose mentioned in your application. Please produce your passport together with return air ticket and proof of sufficient funds to the Immigration officer at the port of entry in Sri Lanka. You may be granted 30 days visa on arrival. If you wish to extend your stay in Sri Lanka beyond 30 days, an extension can be obtained. Please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more information.
We wish you a pleasant stay in Sri Lanka.
This is a computer generated notice and carries no signatures or seal.
Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka.
Thank you for being connected with Sri Lanka Immigration
The Drivers in Sri lanka team
Overseas embassies of Sri Lanka:
Australia : Sri Lankan High Commission, 3 Epire Circuit, Forest, Canberra ACT 2603.
Tell: 0061 062 239 7041/2
E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
United States : Embassy of Sri Lanka, 2148
Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008.
Tel: 001202 483 4025/9
E mail: email@example.com
Canada : Sri Lankan Commission, Suite 1204, 333 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, Ontario KIP 1C1.
Tel: 001613 233 8449
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sri lanka: http://www.slmfa.gov.lk