The Electronic Travel Authorization or eTA is an online screening of travelers from more than 50 countries who can travel to Australia, Canada, India, and Sri Lanka without a visa. This electronic screening is done before travelers from these listed 50 countries are allowed to get on the airplane. An eTA is issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
An Indian traveler who wants to visit Sri Lanka for a short duration for the following reasons must get an eTA before approval of their arrival:
- For medical treatment that includes Ayurveda and Yoga
- To indulge only in sightseeing and holidaying in Sri Lanka
- To visit their relatives and friends in Sri Lanka
- To participate in any kind of a sporting event, cultural performance, or competition
- To involve in business meetings or negotiations in Sri Lanka
- For participating in conferences, seminars, and workshops
- Indian travelers coming to Sri Lanka to participate in short-term training programs (duration of the course should be one month)
- To participate in a dance, music, or an art event
- Travelers on transit:
- Indian travelers who stop over in Sri Lanka for a transit while traveling to any other country
- Media or journalist:
- Indian journalists participating in a seminar, conference, or workshop being organized for media persons in Sri Lanka
- Indian journalists participating in meetings, conferences, seminars, etc., with political groups or parties in Sri Lanka
- To participate in events or activities being organized by an NGO or INGO in Sri Lanka
Indian nationals who want to visit Sri Lanka for official or diplomatic purposes should send their eTA applications to the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Colombo via relevant Sri Lankan Government Ministries and Agencies or the Sri Lanka Overseas Mission.
What Are The Different Kinds Of eTAs Issued By The Department Of Immigration And Emigration, Colombo, Sri Lanka?
- eTA for Indian tourists coming to Sri Lanka with double entry for 30 days
- eTA for Indian travelers coming to Sri Lanka on a business trip with double entry for 30 days
- eTA for Indian travelers on transit for up to 2 days (this eTA is free of charge)
How Can An Indian Apply For An eTA To Travel To Sri Lanka?
- Citizens of India can access the eTA form on the official website of Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization System. Travelers are required to fill up the application form online with their passport details and the details of other people traveling with them (they can also apply separately), a current debit/Visa Credit/MasterCard/Electron Card, American Express Card, or a UK Maestro Card.
- An Indian traveler must apply for their eTA with the correct details of their passport and the passport number that they will be travelling with to Sri Lanka because the visa is linked to this number.
How Much Does An eTA Cost?
The eTA processing fees mentioned below are in US Dollars.
|Ways to submit an eTA application||Fee for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries||Fee for all other countries||Children of any nationality under 12 years of age|
|Tourist Visa with a Double Entry for 30 days||Business Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days||Transit Visa with Single Entry for 30 Days||Tourist Visa with Double Entry for 30 Days||Business Visa with MultipleEntry for 30 Days||Transit Visa with Single Entry for 2 Days|
|Online||When submitted by the traveler||US$20||US$30||Free of charge||US$35||US$40||Free of charge||Free of charge|
|Online||When submitted by third party||US$20||US$30||Free of charge||US$35||US$40||Free of charge||Free of charge|
|Online||At Overseas Mission in Sri Lanka||US$20||US$30||Free of charge||US$35||US$40||Free of charge||Free of charge|
|Online||At the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Colombo's head office||US$20||US$30||Free of charge||US$35||US$40||Free of charge||Free of charge|
|On arrival||On arrival at the entry port in Sri Lanka||US$25||US$40||Free of charge||US$40||US$50||Free of charge||Free of charge|
Mentioned below are the fees charged for a Short Visit Visa and eTA processing levied by the Sri Lanka Overseas Missions (All fees are mentioned in US Dollars)
|Type of Visa||eTA Processing Fee||Reciprocal Visa Fee|
|Fee for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries||Fee for all other countries|
|Tourist Visa with double entry for 30 days||US$20||US$35||Not applicable|
|Tourist Visa with single entry for up to 90 days||US$20||US$35||Country fee that is relevant|
|Tourist Visa with double entry for up to 90 days||US$20||US$35||Twice the relevant country fee|
|Business Visa with multiple entry for 30 days||US$30||US$40||Not applicable|
|Business Visa with single entry up to 90 days||US$30||US$40||Country fee that is relevant|
|Business Visa with double entry up to 90 days||US$30||US$40||Twice the relevant country fee|
|Business Visa with multiple entries up to 90 days||US$30||US$40||Twice the relevant country fee|
|Transit Visa with single entry for 2 days||Free of charge||Free of charge||Not applicable|
Travelers can pay at the Bandaranaike International Airport in their respective foreign currencies that is equal to the value of US Dollars. They will get the balance back in Sri Lankan Rupees.
How To Check The Status Of eTA?
Indian travelers can check the status of their eTA on the official website of Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization. They will be required to type in their confirmation code and passport number. Next, they will be asked to select their nationality. Once the required information is keyed in, the eTA status can be checked.
Is The eTA Mandatory For Everyone?
No, eTA is not mandatory for everybody. The exclusions are the following nationals and categories:
- Nationals of the Republic of Seychelles
- Nationals of the Republic of Singapore
- Nationals of the Republic of Maldives
- Crew members of a ship or a flight
- Children below the age of 12 years
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Is it possible to apply for eTA before booking a ticket?
Yes, a traveler can obtain an eTA before booking their tickets.
- Are there other ways to submit the eTA other than the Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization website?
Yes, an eTA application can be submitted in the following ways as well:
- By third party
- On arrival at Sri Lanka's port of entry
- At the Overseas Mission in Sri Lanka
- At the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Colombo's head office
- What if I already have a valid visa?
If you already have a multiple entry visa or a residence visa, you will not be able to apply for a fresh eTA until the existing visa is cancelled or expires.
- Is it possible to apply for a fresh eTA while staying in Sri Lanka?
It is not possible to apply for a fresh eTA while staying in Sri Lanka even if your eTA is valid or has expired.
- How can I find out if my eTA is still valid to travel to Sri Lanka?
You can use your reference number on the official website of Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization to find out if your eTA is still valid. You can also get in touch with the 24*7 eTA call center on 0094-71-99-67-888.