Sunday, July 7, 2013

About Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or eVisa Srilanka

What is an ETA or eVisa?

ETA is an official authorization for a Short Visit to Sri Lanka and is issued electronically. The ETA is introduced with the intention of providing an efficient, reliable and simplified service to those who visit Sri Lanka. ETA holders will be issued a 30 day Short Visit visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka. The ETA will be effective from 1st of January 2012.

The ETA is issued through an on-line system. No passport copies, documents or photographs are required. There is no requirement to endorse the ETA on the passport.

On arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka

Upon arrival, produce your passport to the immigration officer at the port of entry to obtain the necessary clearance. It is advisable for you to bring a copy of the ETA approval notice along with you.

Short Visit to Sri Lanka

An intended traveller visiting Sri Lanka for a short stay for any of the following purposes, must obtain ETA prior to arrival.

Visit Categories

TOURIST
  • Sightseeing, holidaying
  • Visiting friends and relatives
  • Medical treatment including Ayurvedic and yoga
  • Participate in sporting events, competitions and activities relating to cultural performance

BUSINESS
  • Participate in business meetings and negotiations
  • Conferences, workshops and seminars
  • Short term training programs
  • Participate in art, music and dance events

TRANSIT
  • Transiting through Sri Lanka
Note : All foreign nationals intending to visit Sri Lanka for the purposes other than Short Visit must obtain necessary visas prior to their arrival.