Visa/Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

The Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka has introduced an online visa authorization facility, the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), with effect from 1 October 2011. The ETA facility has been introduced on 1st October, 2011 on a trial basis and will be fully operational with effect from 1st January, 2012.

The ETA is initially limited to 30 days from the date of arrival and it may be extended up to six (06) months. Foreign nationals, who intend to visit Sri Lanka for Short Stay up to six months, must obtain ETA, prior to their arrival with effect from 1st of January 2012. The ETA is issued through on-line system. No passport copies, documents or photograph are required. There is no requirement to endorse the ETA in the passport.

Foreign nationals intend to visit Sri Lanka for Official or Diplomatic purposes should forward their applications to the Department of Immigration & Emigration through relevant Sri Lanka Government Ministries and Agencies or Sri Lanka Overseas Missions. The authority to issue ETA lies with the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On the basis of reciprocity, citizens of The Republic of Singapore and The Republic of Maldives are exempted from the requirement of obtaining ETA to visit Sri Lanka.


  • Gratis (Free of Charge) basis is applicable only for Diplomatic and Official passport holders.
  • The Gratis ETA is granted for normal passport holders, if arrangements have been made between the Government of Sri Lanka and the respective countries.
  • For personal visits, Diplomatic & Official passport holders should follow the normal ETA application procedure.

Further details on ETA could be obtained from the Department Websites.