Please note that if you are not leaving the airport, a transit visa is not required. The applicants themselves or a third party on their behalf can apply for a transit ETA by submitting an ETA application online via the ETA website If you are unable to submit the online application due to technical reasons, the duly completed application can be forwarded to the closest Sri Lanka diplomatic mission to apply on your behalf. Documents required:

  1. Transit ETA application form (click here to download)
  2. One recent passport-size photographs
  3. Air ticket
  4. Passport - n.b. The validity of the passport must be at least six months beyond the date of entry in to Sri Lanka.
  5. If the transit time exceeds 48 hours, an ETA processing fee of US$ 30 will be charged. (Payable by money order, bank certified check or cash in favor of the Embassy of Sri Lanka.) An additional US$ 20 is charged to return the passport to the applicant by post.)

Processing time: 1-2 business days 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. An additional fee of US$ 5 will apply.

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