Sri Lanka Visas /

Sri Lanka has an online visa system for all travellers arriving in Sri Lanka and visitors need to apply for the Electronic Travel Authorization via  

Visa on arrival is also possible, but it could cause long delays as well as a minor surcharge to the applicable visa fees. 

Visa category
Tourist Visa with Double Entry for 30 days
US$ 30
Tourist Visa Single Entry up to 90 days
US$ 30
Tourist Visa with Double Entry up to 90 days
US$ 30

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).


  • What types of ETA are available?
    An ETA is issued only for Short Visits to Sri Lanka for Business purposes, Tourism and Transit purposes.
  • What is the ETA website?
    Please refer to 
  • Do I need a ticket before I apply for an ETA?
    ETA can be obtained even before booking your ticket.
  • ETA validity
    The ETA is initially limited to 30 days validity from the date of arrival although it may be extended for up to six (06) months.
  • How secure are payments through electronic payment cards on this site?
    The payment gateway has been designed in accordance with the international standards.
  • Which electronic payment cards are accepted?
    American Express, Master and Visa cards are only accepted.
  • What happens if my application is not approved?
    If your ETA application is not approved, it will be referred to the nearest Sri Lanka Overseas Mission. which you may contact for further assistance.
  • If my application for ETA was unsuccessful can I get my processing fee back?
    It is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?
    Once an application is submitted processed and payment is made, you cannot cancel the transaction and the payment cannot be reimbursed. Therefore, please ensure that you enter your personal details correctly. If you have made an error, it is important that you correct it before confirmation. Once you have confirmed the details, your electronic payment card will be debited for the non-refundable service charge. If you find out later that you have made a mistake, then you will have to submit a fresh application and pay the relevant fee again.
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