Sri Lanka Government Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

With effect from 1st January 2012, all Holiday or Business travelers to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Please visit http://www.eta.gov.lk for more information.

The facility for applying Business Purpose Visa is at present available only at the Head Office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration and the Sri Lankan Overseas Missions. 

Online Visa Regulation – Sri Lanka

Online Visa Regulation – Sri Lanka

The online Visa procedure requires tourists/ tourist agencies (acting as 3rd parties) to submit the Visa application for each applicant via the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to the Ministry of Emigration and Immigration.

Only tourists from Singapore and Maldives will continue to receive on-arrival visas as those are the only two countries that offer Sri Lankan tourists the same facility.

Therefore, it is mandatory that all passengers to submit their Visa application on-line by logging into http://www.eta.gov.lk 

Important:

All passengers traveling to Sri Lanka are required to submit the following at the port of entry to Sri Lanka:

Valid passport (not less than 6 months)
A copy of the ETA approval notice
Return Air Ticket
Sufficient funds 

Customs Regulations (INBOUND)

Customs Regulations (INBOUND)

Declare all your valuable equipment, jewelry and gems. If you have nothing to declare, go through the "Green Channel". Baggage should not contain goods for others, goods in commercial quantities, and prohibited or restricted goods. You are required to take back all your personal effects when departing the country. You are entitled to bring in 1.5 liters of spirits, 2 bottles of wine, a small quantity of perfume and travel souvenirs not exceeding US $ 250 in value.

Customs Regulations (OUTBOUND)

Customs Regulations (OUTBOUND)

PERMITTED:

You are entitled to take out what you have declared and brought into the country, and whatever you have purchased locally, such as gems, jewelers and Sri Lankan products with the funds brought in. Three kilos of Sri Lanka tea, purchases from Sri Lanka duty free shop, foreign currency declared and brought into the country. Unused Sri Lankan currency should be reconverted to foreign currency at departure.

NOT PERMITTED:

Gems and jewelers or valuable equipment not declared on arrival or not purchased in Sri Lanka. Gold (crude, bullion or coins) Sri Lankan currency in excess of Rs. 250/-. Firearms, explosives and dangerous weapons. Antiques, statues, treasures, vintage books, etc., Animals, birds or reptiles (dead or alive) and their parts. Tea, rubber and coconut plants. Dangerous drugs.