Issue of Visas to Travel to Sri Lanka

August 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Please note that after 31st December 2011, all U.S. nationals expect to visit Sri Lanka have to apply visa online through ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) system. A processing fee of $30 will be charged from the applicants.

There will be no processing fee applicable on those who obtain visa via ETA prior to 1 Jan 2012 provided they arrive within the visa validity period.

Visas can be obtained on arrival from ETA processing gates at Bandaranayke International Airport after paying the processing fee by cash or card from 1 January 2012. Two ETA processing gates will be setup for this purpose.

All visa applicants are encouraged to obtain visa online prior to arrival to avoid possible hassles at the airport.

The 30-Day Free Visa on Arrival granted for the U.S. nationals as mentioned in the below sections will only be issued up 31st December 2011.

For more details – visit www.eta.gov.lk

Please click here for the application.

U.S. Nationals as well as Nationals of countries listed in Schedule “A” may visit Sri Lanka for 30 days without obtaining a visa prior to arrival in Sri Lanka, provided they are traveling as bona fide tourists with valid passports and travel tickets for their onward journey. Such persons may obtain a visa free of charge on arrival in Sri Lanka.

Tourists visiting the country for any period exceeding 30 days and nationals of countries other than the countries listed in Schedule ‘A’ are required to obtain visas and should contact the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC for further information and visa fees.

Visas are required for persons proceeding to Sri Lanka for other purposes such as business, lectures, educational assignments, academic research, employment, voluntary work in social service organizations, attachment to diplomatic missions and other international organizations or to join their spouses in Sri Lanka.

Schedule ‘A’[Countries whose national can enter Sri Lanka as holiday makers without prior visa and remain 30 days without a payment]
01. Albania 22. Finland 43. Maldives 64. Slovenia
02. Armenia 23. France 44. Malaysia 65. South Korea
03. Australia 24. Georgia 45. Moldavia 66. Spain
04. Austria 25. Germany 46. Montenegro 67. Sweden
05. Azerbaijan 26. Greece 47. Netherlands 68. Switzerland
06. Bahrain 27. Hong Kong 48. New Zealand 69. Taiwan
07. Bangladesh 28. Hungary 49. Nepal 70. Tajikistan
08. Belarus 29. India 50. Norway 71. Thailand
09. Belgium 30. Indonesia 51. Oman 72. Turkey
10. Bhutan 31. Iran 52. Pakistan 73. Turkmenistan
11. Bosnia-Herzegovina 32. Ireland 53. Philippines 74. U.A.E.
12. Brunai 33. Israel 54. Poland 75. U.K.
13. Bulgaria 34. Italy 55. Portugal 76. Ukraine
14. Canada 35. Japan 56. Qatar 77. U.S.A.
15. China 36. Kazakhstan 57. Romania 78. Uzbekistan
16. Croatia 37. Kirgistan 58. Russian Federation 79. Yugoslavia
17. Cyprus 38. Kuwait 59. Saudi Arabia
18. Czech, Rep of 39. Latvia 60. Serbia
19. Denmark 40. Lithuania 61. Seychelles
20. Doha-Qatar 41. Luxembourg 62. Singapore
21. Estonia 42. Macedonia 63. Slovakia

Nationals from SAARC countries

All tourists / business travelers from SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan) are not required to obtain prior visas and may obtain visas for 30 days on arrival in Sri Lanka.

Residence Visas

Residence Visas are issued in Colombo by the Controller of Immigration and Emigration. All Sri Lankan who have subsequently obtained citizenship of other countries may apply for Residence visas under the Ex-Sri Lankan category, thereby paying only half the Residence visa fee, which would amount to Rs. 7500.00. However, they are required to establish their previous Sri Lankan citizenship. Please contact the Embassy of Sri Lanka for further information.

Multiple Entry Visas

US Citizens can obtain multiple entry visas valid for five (5) years for business and leisure purposes with a maximum duration of stay at each entry not exceeding six (6) months.

Multiple Entry Gratis Visas

This Embassy shall issue multiple entry gratis visas valid for six months to the following categories of applicants. Applications for multiple entry visas should be made on the relevant form as per specimen attached, in addition to the regular visa application form.

1. US Government Officials holding Diplomatic /Official passports.

2. World Bank staff members traveling on ” UN Laissez – Passer” passports.

3. International Monetary Fund staff members traveling on “UN Laissez – Passer” passports.

4. Members of the Diplomatic Community.

Application Process

  1. An application for a visa must be presented at least one month before the intended date of travel
  2. Applications for visas should be made on forms which may be obtained online or from the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York, the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles, the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in New Orleans, the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Georgia, the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Hawaii, the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Louisiana, the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in New Mexico or the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in New Jersey.
  3. The completed application form with the applicant’s signature should be submitted together with two passport size colour photographs, the passport of the applicant, and a money order or certified check (Personal cheques will not be accepted.) for the fee involved.
  4. The outward or return ticket of the applicant with evidence of having sufficient funds for the stay in Sri Lanka should also be submitted.
  5. The passport should be valid for at least six months from the date the visa is to be issued.
  6. Business visa applications should accompany a letter from the sponsoring agency in Sri Lanka, a letter from the employing company in US and a copy of onward – return air ticket and travel itinerary.
  7. All cages of the visa application form should be completed carefully and signed by the applicant at the space reserved on page 2. Please note that incomplete visa applications will be rejected.
  8. No stamps should be affixed to the form.
  9. A letter stating the purpose of the visit with relevant additional information if not already included in the application form should be furnished.
  10. Except tourist visas, all other visa requests may require approval from the relevant authorities in Sri Lanka. Therefore adequate time should be provided to obtain the necessary clearance.
  11. Visas are issued by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York to persons residing in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and by the Sri Lanka Consulate General in Los Angeles to persons residing in California, Washington, and Oregon. Visas are not issued by Honorary Consuls.

Visa fees

  1. US Citizens are required to pay US $ 100.00 to obtain a multiple entry visa valid for five (5) years.
  2. The visa fees for Non-US Citizens are provided in schedule “B”.
  3. The postage fees must be sent along with the passport to cover the cost of returning the documents by one of the following mails as desired by the applicant:US Postal Express – $18.00Federal Express – $20.00International mailing fee – $ 35.00
  4. Payments should be be paid by Cash (only if application is hand delivered). The Money Orders or Certified Cheques should be made in favour of “Embassy of Sri Lanka”. Please note that personal cheques will not be accepted.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z #

Schedule ‘B’ – Visa Fees
Country Rs. [SL] $ [US]
A · Afghanistan 2750.00 30.00
· Algeria 2665.00 29.10
· Angola 4125.00 35.00
· Argentina 2290.00 25.00
· Armenia Republic of 3210.00 35.00
· Australia 2475.00 30.00
· Austria 3665.00 27.00
· Azerbaijan 3665.00 40.00
B · Bangladesh 2290.00 25.00
· Belarus 1830.00 20.00
· Belgium 1830.00 20.00
· Bahrain 2930.00 32.00
· Bhutan 1830.00 20.00
· Bosnia – Herzegovina 2930.00 32.00
· Botswana 365.00 4.00
· Brazil 6870.00 75.00
· Brunei 795.00 8.67
· Bulgaria 3390.00 37.00
· Burundi 7330.00 80.00
C · Cambodia 1835.00 20.00
· Cameroon 5770.00 63.00
· Canada 4580.00 50.00
· Chile - -
· China 460.00 5.00
· Colombia 3665.00 40.00
· Congo 5860.00 64.00
· Costa Rica 185.00 2.00
· Cote D’ Ivore 2200.00 24.00
· Croatia 1740.00 19.00
· Cuba 1375.00 15.00
· Cyprus 915.00 10.00
· Czech Republic of - -
D · Denmark 2475.00 27.00
· Dominican Republic 185.00 2.00
E · Ecuador 1830.00 20.00
· Egypt 2475.00 27.00
· El Salvador 2930.00 32.00
· Eritrea 2750.00 30.00
· Estonia Republic of 1100.00 12.00
· Ethiopia 3850.00 42.00
F · Fiji 2930.00 32.00
· Finland 2565.00 28.00
· France 2380.00 26.00
G · Gabonese Republic of 7510.00 82.00
· Gambia 2930.00 32.00
· Georgia 4580.00 50.00
· Germany 2455.00 26.80
· Ghana 1740.00 19.00
· Greece 2475.00 27.00
· Guinea Republic of 6595.00 72.00
· Guyana 410.00 4.50
H · Haiti 140.00 1.50
· Honduras 1465.00 16.00
· Hong Kong 185.00 2.00
· Hungary 3665.00 40.00
I · Iceland 2200.00 24.00
· India 275.00 3.00
· Indonesia 2550.00 27.80
· Iran 1375.00 15.00
· Iraq 3810.00 41.56
· Ireland 1470.00 16.00
· Israel 1650.00 18.00
· Italy 3210.00 35.00
J · Jamaica - -
· Japan 2290.00 25.00
· Jordan 1300.00 14.23
K · Kenya 4580.00 50.00
· Korea Democratic Republic of 4580.00 50.00
· Korea Republic of 2750.00 30.00
· Kuwait 915.00 10.00
L · Laos 2290.00 25.00
· Latvia 915.00 10.00
· Lebanon 3025.00 33.00
· Lesotho 735.00 8.00
· Libya 3210.00 35.00
· Lithuania 915.00 10.00
· Luxembourg 2380.00 26.00
M · Macedonia 5040.00 55.00
· Madagascar 5860.00 64.00
· Malaysia 370.00 4.00
· Maldives 3525.00 38.50
· Malta 3485.00 38.00
· Mexico 3300.00 36.00
· Moldova 3665.00 40.00
· Mongolia 2290.00 25.00
· Morocco 1465.00 16.00
· Mozambique 450.00 4.94
· Myanmar 1830.00 20.00
N · Namibia 1375.00 15.00
· Nepal 2750.00 30.00
· Netherlands 4490.00 49.00
· New Zealand 3160.00 34.50
· Nicaragua 2750.00 30.00
· Nigeria 370.00 4.00
· Norway 2995.00 32.70
O · Oman 1665.00 18.18
P · Pakistan 70.00 0.75
· Palestine 640.00 7.00
· Panama 140.00 1.50
· Papua New Guinea 1600.00 17.50
· Peru 1100.00 12.00
· Philippines 2750.00 30.00
· Poland 4400.00 48.00
· Portugal 2380.00 26.00
Q · Qatar 9345.00 102.00
R · Romania 2840.00 31.00
· Russian Federation 2290.00 25.00
S · Salvador 2930.00 32.00
· Saudi Arabia 4885.00 53.33
· Senegal 1375.00 15.00
· Singapore - -
· Slovak Republic of 1740.00 19.00
· Slovenia 2930.00 32.00
· South Africa 4020.00 43.86
· Spain 3665.00 40.00
· Sudan 5770.00 63.00
· Swaziland 1170.00 12.80
· Sweden 2290.00 25.00
· Switzerland 2490.00 27.20
· Syria 735.00 8.00
T · Tajikistan 7330.00 80.00
· Tanzania 18320.00 200.00
· Thailand 640.00 7.00
· Trinidad & Tobago 1280.00 14.00
· Tunisia 650.00 7.10
· Turkey 1925.00 21.00
· Turkmenistan 3755.00 41.00
U · Uganda 2750.00 30.00
· Ukraine 4125.00 45.00
· United Arab Emirates 14930.00 163.00
· United Kingdom 4950.00 54.00
· Uruguay 3975.00 43.40
· USA 17400.00 100.00
· Uzbekistan 7330.00 80.00
V · Venezuela 2750.00 30.00
· Vietnam 4125.00 45.00
Y · Yemen 3665.00 40.00
· Yugoslavia 1650.00 18.00
Z · Zaire 1925.00 21.00
· Zambia 2065.00 22.50
· Zimbabwe 3660.00 40.00
# · Other Countries 550.00 6.00
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