Sri Lanka.Online Visa.
Travelers to Sri Lanka are requested have visas in their passport when they are arriving at the Colombo or Matala airport. These Srilanka visas can be obtained at the Sri lanka foreign missions or through the online visa facility. Foreigners who are coming here as a tourist or for a short trip are requested to have on arrival visa facility to be enabled before their arrival here.. Singapore, Maldives and Seychelles citizens are exempted from these visa requirements. Mean while students, Business people and Professional who want to work here must have requested visas in their passport.
Transit Passengers who are staying here for less than 48 hours are not required to have Sri Lanka visas.
It is illegal to work in Srilanka while holding a tourist visa.
Visas are important for you while you are visiting Sri Lanka as a Tourist or temporary visitor. Now the Sri Lanka Visas are available through the online facility as Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) through the Sri Lanka Government websites which ends with .gov.lk domain name. You can go there through the internet connected PC or laptop. Or start your Smartphone or Tablet and let them connect to the internet using your data plan or the Wi-Fi connectivity. Once it is ready, sit in a good place and go to this websites and check the Visa conditions and the related fees to issue with the online entry visas.
The ETA is valid for 30 days from the date of the arrival to Sri Lanka. (It may be extended for up to six (06) months.)
These visas can be obtained as Online Tourist visa or online Transit visa for to stay in Sri Lanka. This online visa can be applied by an Individual, by a Group or through a third party.
Mean while those visitors from African countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Nigeria should contact the nearest Sri Lanka HC or consulates in order to obtain ETA to visit or to stay in transit in Sri Lanka.
The Republic of Singapore, The Republic of Maldives and The Republic of Seychelles are exempted from the requirement of obtaining ETA to visit Sri Lanka. These three country people are allowed to enter and travel freely in Srilanka.
For more information you can write or call nearest SriLanka Government mission or the Immigration LK:. Many European country travel agents may provide the required information on the local visas. So give them a call and get it.
Tourists seeking an on-arrival visa at the Bandaranaike International Airport are now allowed to pay their visa fees in five of the popular foreign currencies which they may like to use. Earlier the visas payments were allowed only through the US dollars. Recently this message was published by the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs.
Important Notice from the Sri Lanka Authorities:
" Notice is hereby given that the on line Business ETA facility is opened to potential applicants in addition to the existing facility of obtaining Business ETA from Sri Lanka Overseas Missions and the Head Office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo. 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. Visitors from Cameroon and Nigeria are requested to report to nearest Sri Lanka Overseas Missions in order to obtain ETA to arrive in Sri Lanka."