Sri Lanka eTA (Tourist Electronic Travel Authority) help & FAQ

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What is the Sri Lanka Tourist ETA?

The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is an official document that allows travelers to enter and travel within Sri Lanka for tourism purposes.

What do I need to apply for a Sri Lanka Tourist ETA?

We require the following to submit your application:

  • Passport Personal Details Scan (if applicable)

What is the cost to obtain a Sri Lanka Tourist ETA?

A Sri Lanka Tourist ETA depends on your nationality. Additionally, there is a service fee of:

  • Standard Processing: USD 20.00
  • Rush Processing: USD 50.00
  • Super Rush Processing: USD 65.00

* The price can change, the correct fee present at applying

How long does it take to process a Sri Lanka ETA?

It depends on the method of processing you choose. We offer three options:

  • Standard Processing Time: 24 hours
  • Rush Processing: 4 hours
  • Super Rush Processing: 30 minutes

* The processing time can change, the correct time at applying

How long is my Sri Lanka Tourist ETA valid for?

The Tourist ETA to Sri Lanka is valid for 180 days after issued. This means you must enter Sri Lanka within 180 days after issued. It is a Double-entry visa and allows for a maximum stay of 30 days in Total.

How long is my Sri Lanka Tourist ETA valid for?

The Tourist ETA to Sri Lanka is valid for 180 days after issued. This means you must enter Sri Lanka within 180 days after issued. It is a Double-entry visa and allows for a maximum stay of 30 days in Total.

Can I extend my stay beyond the 30-day limit?

A visitor wishing to stay more than 30 days in Total in Sri Lanka may apply for an extension. The ETA may be extended for up to 180 days after issued from the date of arrival on the first visit, and a further 180 days after issued on the second visit. Application for an extension must be submitted to the visa section of the Department of Immigration.

If I already possess a valid Tourist ETA, can I apply for a new ETA?

No. A new ETA cannot be obtained using the same passport until it expires (180 days after issue). However, If you lose the passport which contains the valid ETA you can apply for a new ETA.

Before applying for the Tourist ETA, do I need to book a flight?

No. You can apply for the ETA visa before you have booked your flight.

Can I work in Sri Lanka on this ETA Visa?

No. This ETA is for tourism purposes only.

How long can I stay in Sri Lanka with the Tourist ETA?

The Sri Lanka Tourist ETA allows for a maximum of 30 days in Total

How long should the validity of my passport be before applying for the Tourist ETA?

Travelers must have a passport with at least 6 months of validity from the planned date of entry.

Can I apply for a tourist ETA if I already have a business ETA?

A passport can only have one type of valid visa type associated with it. In other words, if you already have a tourist visa, you can not take out a business visa until the tourist visa expires.

What are the advantages of applying for a Tourist ETA?

The Tourist ETA can be applied for and issued online, eliminating the need to visit an embassy with a traditional visa.

Do I need to get separate Tourist ETAs for my children?

Children under 12 years old are exempt from paying the ETA.

Vaccination requirements to travel to Sri Lanka

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Check WHO – Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination.

How many entries does the Sri Lanka Tourist ETA allow?

It allows for a Double Entry

Do I need to carry a printed copy of the Sri Lanka Tourist ETA?

Although it’s electronically linked to your passport, we suggest travelers print this confirmation and keep a copy of it with your passport.

Do I need to visit the Sri Lanka consulate to get my Tourist ETA?

No. Upon approval, we will send you your ETA via email in PDF format.

Which nationalities are eligible for a Sri Lanka Tourist ETA?

The following nationalities are eligible for a Tourist ETA:

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • The central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany (German)
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Norfolk Island
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russia (Russian)
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland (Swiss)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom (UK Citizens (British)
  • United States (US Citizens)
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Kosovo
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Learn more about Sri Lanka Tourism

Sri Lanka is an exotic destination that despite its history, some of it quite recent, it has become a common vacation location that a lot of people enjoy. It is not quite India, but not the rest of Asia either. The people are nice and you can find a million things that you can do to relax or have some fun. You are an adventurer? Sri Lanka fits your destination profile. Do you want to enjoy yourself at the beach all day? Sri Lanka is perfect for that as well. The point is that Sri Lanka is not a destination that you should overlook the next time you are after the ideal vacation. Even so, there are a few things that you should know before you go there. Stick around and find out. There is this common misconception that Sri Lanka is not a safe place to travel to. That was true until 2009 because Sri Lanka was in a horrible civil war, but that was almost a decade ago. Since then, tourism has recovered, and it is pretty safe to spend your vacation there. You still need to express some caution, but that is something you do anywhere you go. Some petty crimes do happen from time to time, but that happens everywhere. Just keep your expensive items close to your body, and you should be just fine. To be honest, it is more dangerous to cross the road in Sri Lanka than anything else. So, make sure to look both ways twice. People in Sri Lanka are nicer than you would expect. Why would someone expect otherwise? War usually changes people, but the one in Sri Lanka have chosen to put the past behind them and make the best of what is going on in the present. As a result, they will welcome you wherever you may want to go, and they will always have a contagious smile on their faces. You will leave the country with a case of a chronic smile. And that is a fact. However, you should pay a lot of attention when you are talking about the past in Sri Lanka. People are lovely, but they are sensitive when it comes to their lost family and friends. That is natural if you think about it. Plus, do not engage in any political discussion that can lead to the subject of war. It is best if you avoid the topic altogether. It is okay to ask general questions about their family and whatnot, but you should stop there. You do not want to open old wounds. As for communication, the people of Sri Lanka will do their best to talk to you. Some of them speak English, but you can help them. How? They like to practice their English with tourists. If you want to help a child or an adult improve their English, you should take the time when doing it. Just have a conversation. It is a win-win situation. You socialize with the locals and have some fun, and they learn something new. It is quite entertaining, and many tourists who travel to Sri Lanka will start a conversation with a random local just for that reason alone. The food in Sri Lanka is delicious, but only if you stick to their specialties. You will not find good burgers or high-quality pasta, but when it comes to Sri Lankan food; your taste buds are in for a treat. Not all restaurants will be up to your standards, but one trick to find the best ones is to eat the restaurants preferred by the locals. The reason the people of Sri Lanka do not cook Western food is that the ingredients are expensive, and most likely they need to leave the island to buy them. Even so, if you ever find yourself in Sri Lanka, it would be a pity to eat Western food. Stick to the specialties. You will not regret it. One aspect that you will not like is hygiene. However, you need to remember that Sri Lanka is a developing country with tourism still improving. Plus, they are recovering from a war, and things do not change overnight. As long as you bring your toilet paper, a hand sanitizer, and you do not drink tap water, you should not suffer from any disease. Plus, avoid shady street vendors with no people in line for their food. That is a clue that their food is not exactly edible. Before leaving Sri Lanka, you should take your chances and go to see the wildlife. People usually overlook this aspect, but if you are lucky, you can come face to face with a herd of elephants. It may not be the Great Migration in the Serengeti, but it is still wildlife, and it counts. Also, if you plan on going sightseeing, you should hire a guide to show you all the best places. Most tourists do this so that they can explore as much and as efficiently as possible. The service is not very expensive, and the guide will take advantage of the opportunity of practicing his or her English. Even if tourism in Sri Lanka is still growing, you should know that a trip can be quite expensive. There is this rule that islands have higher prices than on the mainland. It is pretty obvious why. Most of the goods are imported. Hotels can be expensive too, but if you book in advance, you may get a discount. Sri Lanka is a country that is worth considering. It has a lot of beautiful landscapes, the people are incredibly nice, and you can enjoy a lot of attractions. Just make sure that you follow some basic rules, and you should have an exciting time. Whether you want to relax on the beach at a luxury resort, or you want to go and check out the wildlife, you will create unforgettable memories.