Sri Lanka Visas

Please be advised that Sri Lanka has introduced an online visa system for all travellers. Visitors must apply for the Electronic Travel Authorization via, established in the Department of Immigration and Emigration. You will have to pay a fee for this document. There are a large number of options as well as a standard 30-day tourist visa and visa costs are also dependent upon your nationality.

  • For children under the age of 12 there is no charge, but they do need to have a visa.
  • There are a wide number of tourist and business visas available with multiple entry and multi-year options

Having the reference number will help you avoid longer queues at the airport. If you have booked transport with us, your driver will wait for you in the event of any unexpected delays, although you may wish to make contact with them upon arrival for peace of mind. Visas for Onward Travel Please be advised that we do not handle visa applications for onward travel to countries that request visas to be pre-arranged, such as India. Travellers routing through India are advised to obtain an Indian Visa that will allow them to transit. Please check with your ticketing company.

Arrival cards

It is now also possible for tourists to complete their Arrival Cards online up to three days before their flight. This can be done at:

What are the general eligibility requirements for Sri Lankan Visas?

Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration may grant or issue a visa to you if:

  • Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration is satisfied that you are suitable to enter Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration approves the purpose for which you are entering Sri Lanka.
  • You hold a passport valid for a minimum period of six months from the date you arrive in Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration is satisfied that you have adequate funds for your maintenance whilst in Sri Lanka and for the payment of your return passage to the country which issued your passport.
  • You are in possession of a written assurance (ticket) to return to the country of domicile or a visa to the next country of destination if you are a visit visa holder.

What are the general conditions of a Visit Visa?

You should not engage in any form of employment, paid or unpaid, or in any trade or business other than that specified in the visa during the period of your stay in Sri Lanka.

  • Your visa must be utilised before the date of expiry noted on the visa.
  • Validity of your visa is subject to entry into Sri Lanka during the indicated entry period.
  • Applications for the extension of all visas should be made to the Department of Immigration and Emigration.