Sri Lanka Visa Intro Paragraph 

The island nation of Sri Lanka, often referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is situated southeast of the Indian subcontinent. Apart from being deep rooted in rich Buddhist culture and other religions, Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, has many tourist attractions of religious and historic significance. In addition, the country is gaining much popularity in eco-tourism. Sri Lanka boasts of dense tropical forests, which are home to a bevy of flora and fauna; an orphanage for the world’s largest herd of orphaned Asian elephants as well as a nursery and captive breeding ground; relaxing sea beach fronts; undulating tea gardens et al. 

Travellers must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival or on arrival to Sri Lanka unless they are exempted from it, or else they must obtain a visa in advance. Tourists must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months post the date of travel.

Types of Sri Lanka visa  

A tourist visa will allow you to enter the island of Sri Lanka twice whereas a 30-day business visa permits you multiple entries.  You need to hold a passport and a valid Sri Lankan visa. What you need to do is just apply for E-Visa or ETA online prior to your travel. In Sri Lanka, an E-Visa or ETA can be used for sightseeing, recreation, casual visits to friends or relatives et al. There are three easy steps to get an E-Visa or ETA for your Sri Lankan trip which are as follows:

  1. First you are to fill up the online application form properly along with your date of arrival, full name, passport number, date of birth and your nationality. The personal information you enter should match the information on your passport.
  2. Then you need to pay the service fee and Government fee online. You will receive a confirmation email after that for your visa order and an email to request some required documents as part of the visa processing. Your Sri Lankan visa will then be processed and sent to you.
  3. And then finally, you are to take the printout of your E-visa or ETA once you receive it by email. You can produce this at the checkpoints while travelling. Sri Lankan Immigration officers will only take minutes to stamp on your passport and you can enjoy the whole trip.

Documents required for Sri Lanka visa 

For a tourist visa, you need to show your passport, which should be valid for at least 6 months after your date of travel, with a minimum of two blank pages; scanned copy of the first and last pages of your passport; hotel confirmation details and confirmed return air tickets. 

For business visa, apart from the aforesaid documents, you also need to produce the invitation letter from the invitee in Sri Lanka duly signed with name, contact number and designation of person on their company letterhead.

Sri Lanka visa fees 

The standard processing time of your Sri Lankan ETA is within 19 days and the cost incurred will be US$128 (including service fees). However, if you need it fast then there are two other varieties - rush processing and super rush processing, which would involve 17 working days and 15 working days: and charge US$153 and US$178, respectively. 

The following is a table for types of visa and their corresponding Government and admin fees: 

  • Tourist E-Visa/ETA (double entry for 30 days)- US$65
  • Tourist E-Visa/ETA (double entry for 30 days) for SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, India)- US$50
  • Business E-Visa/ETA (multiple entry for 30 days)- US$70
  • Business E-Visa/ETA (multiple entry for 30 days) for SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, India)- US$60
  • Transit Visa- US$30

The Republic of Maldives, The Republic of Seychelles and The Republic of Singapore are exempted.

Sri Lanka visa centres in India 

You can get all visa-related information—Sri Lanka visa requirements, Sri Lanka visa types, Sri Lanka visa documents and Sri Lanka visa procedure—in Sri Lanka visa centres. Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi are the three Indian metros where you would find the Sri Lankan visa centres in India and these remain open from 8.45 am to 5 pm from Mondays to Fridays except national holidays of both the countries. Saturdays and Sundays remain closed. 

Before travelling to Sri Lanka, some very common questions with respect to Sri Lanka Currency & Visa will cross your mind. These include queries like ‘places to visit in Sri Lanka’; ‘best time to visit Sri Lanka; ‘where can I find the best tour package to Sri Lanka’; so, on and so forth. It is best suggested that you visit some authentic visa-related websites for all information about Sri Lanka Currency and visa information. 

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