|- General Information|
|- Work Visa/ Study Visa / Long Term Resident Visa|
|- Visit Visa|
|- Business Visa|
|- Journalist Visa|
|- Visas for Expatriates|
|- New Passport|
|- New Passport for Under age (Minor Applicants)|
|- New Passport in Lieu of Lost Passport|
|- Renewal of Passport|
|- Inclusion of Children's Particulars in Passport|
|- Change of Name in Passport|
|- Emergency Travel|
|Registration of Birth
|Registration of Marriage|
|Registration of Death|
|Repatriation of human remains|
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.
When applying ETA by third parties payments are to be made through the arrangement made in our website www.eta.gov.lk and obtain acknowledgement of ETA application. Any payments made to other websites or agencies are not valid to process a valid ETA. Therefore, always ensure that the payments made by accessing to Sri Lanka ETA website and avoid making repayment at the port of entry to Sri Lanka.
A Sri Lankan Visa is
A Sri Lankan visa is an endorsement on a passport or a similar document to facilitate the legal entry of non Sri Lankans into the country and to regulate the period of their stay and the conditions governing such stay.
Types of Sri Lankan Visas
There are four kinds of visas which permit a person to enter and/or stay in Sri Lanka.
1. Visit Visa
A Visit Visa is an entry permit signifying the consent of the Sri Lankan Government for the admission of a foreign national to the country. The Visa contains details of the period of time and the condition/s of the stay.
There are three sub-categories which come under visit visas
A Tourist Visa is issued to bona-fide tourists who want to enter Sri Lanka for sightseeing, excursions, relaxation, visit relatives or yoga training for a short period of time. Please visit http://www.eta.gov.lk
Every bona-fide tourist who enters Sri Lanka within the period of the landing permit granted by the Immigration officials at the port of entry can apply for a visa extension before the expiry of the visa. Two (02) months extension beyond 30 days shall be granted at the Department of Immigration Emigration (Head Office) if required. However further extension shall only be considered with valid reasons. This restriction will not be applicable to Ex-Sri Lankans.
A Business Visa is issued to foreign nationals who visit Sri Lanka for business purposes for short periods of time. This visa may be issued for single, double or multiple journeys.
A Transit Visa is an entry permit granted to a foreign national for admission into Sri Lanka for a brief period which is incidential and in the course of his journey to another destination. Those who want to transit through Sri Lanka should also obtain an ETA by paying the relevant ETA Processing fee. However, if the transit period is less than 48 hrs, passengers are not required to pay the ETA Processing Fee. Please visit http://www.eta.gov.lk
For last minute travellers, who need to visit Sri Lanka without prior ETA approval, a limited facility to obtain ETA at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo is available. Additional fees will apply.
The applicants themselves or a third party on their behalf can apply for ETA by submitting an ETA application online via the ETA website.
2. Residence Visa
A residence visa is a permit for a non-Sri Lankan to obtain residence facilities for special purposes. There are eight sub-categories which come under residence visas -
What Eligibility category do I belong?
1. Employment Category
Project Professional personnel whose services are required for projects approved by the state and expatriate personnel employed in projects under Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka and their dependants
Personnel employed at banks and their dependants
Personnel attached to Non-Governmental Organizations
Personnel employed in a project, institution or organization under diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka
Personnel employed in a private company and their dependants
2. Investor Category
Who desire to invest monetary capital in Sri Lanka
Who engage in business activities in Sri Lanka.
3. Religious Category
Members of the Clergy
4. Student Category
Students in Educational Institutions approved by the State
5. Registered Indians covered by the 1954 Indo-Lanka Agreement.
6. Ex- Sri Lankans and their dependants
7. Family Members of a Sri Lankan
Children holding foreign nationality.
8. Diplomatic and Official visa
9. My Dream Home Visa Programme
10. Resident Guest Visa Programme
3. Gratis Visa
The holder of a Diplomatic or Official Passport or a passport with a valid Diplomatic or Official endorsement will not be required to pay any fees for the visa.
4. Foreign Journalists/Media personnel
All journalists/media personnel visiting Sri Lanka need to obtain visa prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka and media accreditation will not be recommended for any media personnel arrive in Sri Lanka on tourist visa.
Media accreditation for the visiting media personnel will be extended only if they are in possession of a relevant visa obtained from the Consulate General in Sydney/Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra.
For the clearance of equipment brought in by visiting media personnel, the following are required :
· A temporary import document known as ‘Carnet’ for professional cameras and media equipment.
· In the absence of a Carnet, a bank guarantee for the value of the equipment and cameras.
· A prior license from the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Regulatory Commission for telephone equipment such as satellite phones.
Since there are further requirements applicable to Journalist/Media personnel, who visit Sri Lanka on different purposes such as media coverage, documentaries, filming etc., please contact the Consulate General in Sydney for further information.
Who are eligible for Visa Exemptions?
What are the general eligibility requirements for Sri Lankan Visas?
Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration may grant or issue a visa to you if -
What are the general conditions of a Visit Visa?