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Sri Lanka visa for Indians – A quick guide

Sri Lanka is your perfect escape from the mundane.Trade your city views for green expanses, aerated drinks for flavorsome (and healthy!) tea and your weekend mall visits for relaxing at sugary beaches. Sri Lanka promises to rejuvenate your senses, recharge your batteries and completely satiate the wanderlust in you. Your first step while planning a memorable trip to Sri Lanka is arming yourself with all the visa information.Don’t go hunting the Internet as we have all the details right here for you.  

Do Indian passport holders need a visa to visit Sri Lanka?

Yes, all Indian passport holders need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka.

Can I get a Sri Lankan visa on arrival?

No, you cannot get visa on arrival in Sri Lanka.

How to get a visa to visit Sri Lanka?

You will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for a short visit to Sri Lanka for tourism, business or transit. According to the official website of Sri Lanka ETA system, the ETA validity is for 30 days from the date of arrival although it may be extended for 2 months. Applications for the extension of all visas should be made to the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

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What are the types of ETAs and their duration?

There are three types of ETAs:                     

  • ETA for tourists with double entry for 30 days                    
  • ETA for business purpose with double entry for 30 days                
  • ETA for transit up to 2 days (free but documentary proof needed)

Will you need to carry any documents during my entry in Sri Lanka?

This is an online system so you will not have to submit any passport copies or photos on arrival. Upon entry, you only need to produce your passport at the immigration counter at the airport along with a copy of the ETA approval notice.

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What are the fees for a Sri Lanka visa?

Indian passport holders need to pay US$20 for all tourist ETA applications. All ETAs for business purposes costs US$30. The transit visa with single entry for 2 days is free. More details here.

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How long will it take to process your visa application?

Since the process in completely online, the issuance of visa does not take long but it is safe to keep aside at least 3-4 working days.

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Will you need to buy an air ticket before you apply for an ETA?

No, you do not need to have an air ticket before applying for ETA.

How can you apply for the Sri Lanka tourist visa?

Download printable versions of the application forms here.

Reaching Sri Lanka

Bandaranaike International Airport or Colombo International Airport is the busiest airport in Sri Lanka and welcomes most of the international tourists. It is situated around 30kms north of the centre of Colombo. To grab the cheapest air tickets to Sri Lanka, set a Price Alert and we’ll let you know when to book your flights.

Best places to visit in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s geographical diversity is every traveller’s dream come true. The island’s stunning beaches such as Bentota, Unawatuna, Arugam Bay, Mirissa and Uppuveli offer a mix of activity and relaxation options for those who love some sun and sand. The island is also bustling with some rare,exhilarating wildlife scenes. Some of the best wildlife national parks to visit in the country include Yala National Park, Wasgamuwa National Park, Udawalawe National Park and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. If you are someone who believes vacations are incomplete without ample visits to interesting museums and art galleries, the country’s R. M. S Antique And Brassware, National Museum,Colombo, Mask Museum Ambalangoda, Sri Dalada Museum, Kandy and Tea Museum at Hantane are perfect for you.

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Note: Information and data provided on this page is correct as of 9 November 2018.