Visa Requirements

Tourist Visa

As from January 1st, 2012

Visitors to Sri Lanka are required to obtain Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for issuance of visa.   The ETA approval is required even if the  traveler carries a valid visa to Sri Lanka including Six  Months, One  Year or Five Year Visas.  On receipt of the ETA approval which is obtained by making the ETA processing fee (US$ 30/- for US passport holders), together with 3. i – vi below, the visitor can obtain the visa in the following manner.

* from Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC, Sri Lanka Consulate General in Los Angeles or Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York or * obtain visa on arrival for 30 days at Colombo International Airport, by submitting the ETA approval
* Visitors are kindly requested to make ETA processing fee ONLY in United States Dollars at the on arrival ETA Counter at the Bandaranaike International Airport
 It is required to submit the following to process your visa:
i.   ETA Approval notice [Click Here]
ii.  Dully filled visa application form (in case of more than 30 days stay) Sri Lanka Visa Application  fully completed and signed
iii. Visa fee (in case of more than 30 days stay)– cash, money order or certified check [Click Here]
iv. Valid Passport of not less than 6 months duration
v.  Proof of sufficient funds to meet expenses during the stay
vi. Return air ticket


Business Visa

  1. A valid, signed US passport. The passport must have at least 6 months remaining after the completion of your stay in Sri Lanka, and contain at least one blank visa page.
  2. Fully completed and signed Sri Lanka Visa Application
  3. Two (2) passport photographs
  4. Copy of flight itinerary showing round trip
  5. Your sponsor in Sri Lanka must send a fax to the Embassy of Sri Lanka, stating the name of the applicant, confirming the business trip. Fax must include company address and type of business. For stay over 7 days, the letter must be sent via the Immigration Department in Colombo.
  6. A business letter of introduction and financial responsibility is required to be typed on your company letterhead and addressed to: Embassy of Sri Lanka, Visa Section, Washington, DC. This letter must be signed by a company officer other than the traveler, and should:
    1. state the nature of business to be performed;
    2. include the name and address of the company to be visited;
    3. guarantee sufficient financial support during visit; and
    4. guarantee return transportation to the US for the applicant.


In addition to the standard Iratex fees, the following consular fees apply:

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries.All Other Countries.
Tourist Visa with  Double Entry for 30 days.   $15         $30
Tourist Visa Single Entry up to 90 days. $15 $30
Tourist Visa with Double Entry up to 90 days. $15$30
Business Visa with single/double Entry for 30 days.$25$30
Business Visa with Single Entry up to 90 days.$25$30
Business Visa with Multiple Entry up to 90 days.$25$30
Transit Visa with Single Entry for 2 days.FreeFree