Sri lanka Immigration

SRI LANKA – Immigration Requirements

Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

Travelling to Sri Lanka is an adventure that begins with understanding the current immigration requirements. Here’s a comprehensive guide to ensure your entry into this beautiful island nation is as smooth as possible.

Passport Validity: To enter Sri Lanka, your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of entry into the country.

Visa Requirements: Most travellers need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for an ETA online before arrival, generally valid for 30 days. Applying for an ETA beforehand is advisable, although you can also obtain a visa on arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. However, this is not guaranteed and costs more than an ETA.

Online Tourist Visa Extension: If you wish to stay longer than the initial 30 days, you can apply for an extension online. The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration provides services for extending tourist visas.

Arrival and Departure e-Card: To expedite your entry, complete an online arrival form three days before arriving in Sri Lanka. This service is free and may save you time at the airport.

Health and Vaccination: While there are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Sri Lanka, it’s recommended that you check TravelHealthPro’s guide for any other vaccination requirements at least eight weeks before your trip.

Financial Requirements: You must have sufficient funds to support your intended stay in Sri Lanka.

Customs and Declarations: Sri Lanka has strict rules about goods you can bring into or take from the country. You must declare items that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty. Check the customs regulations before you travel.

Photographs and Fingerprints: Since August 2015, passport applicants must provide a digital photograph and fingerprints to the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Taking Money into Sri Lanka: Most major banks in Sri Lanka allow Visa and Mastercard cash withdrawals. ATMs are in major towns and cities, but not all accept international cards. Be aware of the rules regarding how much money you can bring into the country.

Staying Beyond 30 Days: To stay longer than 30 days and up to 180 days, you need to apply online. You cannot extend your visa on arrival. If you want to extend your stay, you should contact the Immigration and Emigration Department.

Transit Through Sri Lanka: If you’re transiting through Sri Lanka by air and your connecting flight is within 24 hours of your arrival, you do not need a visa. However, check with your airline regarding transit times. Remember, immigration rules can change, so it’s always best to check the latest information from the official Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration or the Sri Lankan High Commission in your country before you travel. Safe travels!


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