Visa to Sri Lanka

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About the visa to Sri Lanka brief:

  • For entry to Sri Lanka to citizens of all countries must obtain an electronic visa, ETA on the website for $ 35, or get visa on arrival for $ 40.
  • Visa for children up to 12 years is issued free of charge.
  • The visa can be prolonged for up to 6 months at the immigration office in Colombo.
  • Passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of entry.
  • You must have a ticket out of the country.
  • For transit through the country, you can get free transit visa up to 2 days.

Do I need a visa to Sri Lanka

Виза в Шри-Ланку

For short visits to Sri Lanka (30 days) for tourism purposes, short-term business trips or for transit through the country must obtain an electronic visa to Sri Lanka, which is called Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), ETA Tourist visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). In fact, it is similar to a conventional visa, but is issued independently online via the Internet. For other purposes of travel and long term stays it is necessary to design other types of visas in advance. The ETA design or visas on arrival for children under 12 years - free.

Also, you can still apply for a visa on arrival at Colombo airport, but it costs $ 5 more expensive than using Internet - $ 40.

The e-visa and ETA through the Internet site by card (35$ depending on visa type, see the cost below). Permits issued and paid for through other sites is invalid.

The licence is valid ETA within three months of receipt (this means that you can enter the country with him for three months, not to stay in the country for such a period). The period of stay in the country for the resolution is a maximum of 30 days. The resolution is twofold, i.e. you can enter it into the country and stay there for 30 days, leave and enter again for 30 days, provided, of course, that is not over the term of the permit (3 months). That you are given twice the resolution, says the words "Double" on it.

Resolution ETA can be extended while in Sri Lanka, for up to six months (at 90 days, and then again at 90 days) in the Department of immigration and emigration: (No. 41 Ananda Rajakaruna Mw, Punchi Boralla, Colombo 10).

How to apply for an electronic authorization ETA (visa) to visit Sri Lanka?

Attention! To the design of ETA (visa) you do NOT HAVE to have a return ticket. Its presence is only checked when entering the country, so you can arrange ETA (visa), and then to buy tickets. However, when making the ETA on the website you will have to enter the exact date of entry into the country, as well as optional fields: flight number and airline.

Resolution ETA is issued in advance before you travel to the website paid by card. The site has Russian language, but all registration is held in English. Here's a detailed instruction with screenshots how to apply for an electronic visa to Sri Lanka online.

After filling in all required information and submit the application, you will need to pay by credit card the cost of the registration statement (the permission itself as it is free, paid for it in the design work), and wait for permission by e-mail. Acknowledgement THIS most often comes in a day or two, but sometimes the delay, and in the happiest cases, the answer comes in a few minutes.

At the same time, judging by the reviews online because of poor site performance in General, there are cases of non-response, write-offs twice (in different time intervals) and other similar troubles. So watch out and check the charge on your card, contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration (email specified in the "Contact us" on the website or call the consular Department of the Embassy in Moscow.

If the answer cannot be obtained, print out the form your application, try to get a printout from the Bank to write off funds (with your name in Latin and the passport number), and go to Sri Lanka. At passport control, please submit these documents and you try to find the database and put the stamps in the passport. In extreme cases, can obtain ETA prior to arrival.

Note the sticker! When entering the country at passport control in the passport you have to attach the sticker (sticker) that performs the traditional function of an individual visa. Make sure that the guards forgot to do it, because sometimes they forget, and then at checkout you may have questions.

Стикер отметка-вместо визы в Шри-Ланку Sticker-stamp in the passport instead of a visa in Sri Lanka

ETA processing fee

ETA processing fee specified on the website The indicated price is the same for Russia and all CIS countries:

  • Tourist visa (ETA) for up to 30 days: $35 dollars when obtaining via the Internet + 4% Commission / $40 at registration at the airport;
  • Business visa (ETA) for up to 30 days: $40 dollars when applying through the online / $50 at registration at the airport;
  • Visa for children up to 12 years for up to 30 days: free of charge;
  • Transit visa (ETA) up to 2 days with single entry: free of charge;
  • Any type of ETA for children under 12 years are issued free of charge.

Visa to Sri Lanka on arrival

If you are issued an e-visa ETA in advance, you can get visa on arrival at the airport. The only difference of obtaining such information in advance – the cost is $ 5 above, i.e. tourist visa on arrival for 30 days will cost $ 40. Children under 12 years receive a visa free of charge. No additional requirements except the availability of a return ticket and passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry, no.

The visa is issued twice, i.e. in the period you'll be able to leave the country and re-enter without a re registration of the visa.

Entry requirements to Sri Lanka

  1. Passport validity not less than 6 months from the date of entry.
  2. A return ticket or a ticket to a third country, and visa to a third country if it is required for her visit.
  3. A sufficient amount of funds to cover expenses for the duration of the visit.

The first and second points are obvious, the third item to check is very difficult and it is usually not checked.

The Internet often is the information for the entry needs to be booked the hotel, and border guards at passport control asked to produce the vouchers. In fact, the requirement of having booked the hotel at the entrance to Sri Lanka no. Information about the hotel and the address of your stay is required to fill the immigration card, so you simply need to specify the hotel where you are staying, and specify the address (at least city). In an extreme case, if we are worried, and to book your hotel in Sri Lanka in advance don't want to make a reservation, print a voucher, and then cancel the booking.

Find and book a hotel in Sri Lanka can on these sites:

No vouchers from tour operators, etc. for entry into Sri Lanka is also not required. All such requirements Amateur tour companies to profit from tourists.

Also be sure to check that you have unpaid fines and other debts, otherwise you can not release at the border from Russia.

Transit visa

If you are planning to stay in Sri Lanka for no more than 48 hours, i.e. transit, you also need to apply for a free transit visa (ETA) is also on the website or on arrival.

Keep in mind that you have to be the ticket for departure within the specified period.

Visa extension in Sri Lanka

If you want to stay in Sri Lanka more than the visa is valid, you can easily extend your visa once in the country up to 90 days. I.e., to the validity of your visa will add another 60 days (not 90). Do not mix, it is about adding 60 days to 30 days and the total period of validity of the visa will be 90 days.

Renewal on the head immigration office in Colombo (Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo) address:

41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mw, Punchi Borella, Colombo 10

Additional information about the extension can be found here

Embassy Of Sri Lanka

The Russian Embassy in Sri Lanka:

Embassy of the Russian Federation,
62 Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo-7, Sri-Lanka
Phone: (8-10-94 11) 257 4959, 257 3555 Fax: (8-10-94 11) 257 4957, 68-6864

Russian cultural center

Russian Cultural Center
10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Phone (8-10-94-11) 268 5440, 268 5429 Fax: (8-10-94 11) 268 6084

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow:

129090, Russia, Moscow, Schepkina street, 24
Phone: (+7 495) 688 1620, 688 1651 Fax: (+7 495) 688 1757
The tourist Department

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