Sri Lanka Visa For Indians

Sri Lanka grants visas to qualifying applicants for various types of visas. Based on the applicant's requirements, eligibility criteria, and other factors, the applicant may or may not be approved for a visa. Sri Lankan Embassy/Consulate will assess your application to determine whether you qualify for the visa approval. Depending on the category of the visa, the applicant is required to fill in the application form and submit it along with the necessary documents. The applicant is also required to pay the visa fee in order to process the application. An approved visa will allow its holder to enter Sri Lanka for a specified duration under certain conditions. Indian Passport holders will need to apply for an ETA (ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) in order to visit Sri Lanka for tourism, business or for transit.

Types Of Sri Lanka Visa

Whether the visit is for tourism, business, studies, transit or any other reason, the qualifying applicant must select the appropriate visa application form to initiate the application process. Currently, Sri Lanka offers few of these most common types of visas:

  • Visit Visa - This visa category allows the applicants to apply for Tourist Visas and Business Visas under the short-stay non-immigrant visa policy. Indian Passport holders can apply for the ETA prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka. The visa allows the holders to stay up to a maximum of 30 days. Visitors under the Tourist Visa category are not allowed to be employed in Sri Lanka.
  • Employment Visa - The qualifying factors depends on the applicant's profession, employer's profile, etc. The applicants will need to provide valid travel documents and specified letters to carry out the application process.
  • Residence Visa - Individuals can apply for a residence visa if they are eligible for a visa under the Student, Investor, Religious, and other specified categories.
  • Transit Visa - A Transit Visa allows the individual to travel through Sri Lanka to another destination country. The applicant is only required to provide basic travel documents and the copy of his/her travel tickets.

Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

Applicants are provided with the following options to carry out the application for an ETA:

  • By the applicant itself
  • By a third party
  • By one of the registered agents
  • Applying at the Sri Lanka Missions
  • Applying at the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DI&E)
  • While arriving at the port of entry in Sri Lanka

The ETA application requires the applicants to visit the website - for ETA related services.

Sri Lanka Visa Application

The visa/ETA application process for tourism and transit requires the applicants to fill in the application form, attach the documents, and pay the ETA fee. The ETA for business has been suspended as of now. Applicants can also take advantage of the limited facility of ETA on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Colombo. The application for ETA on arrival requires payment of an additional fee which is subject to applicable factors. The ETA is issued for 30 days which can be extended up to six months based on requirements.

ETA Application Process

The ETA application process consists of the following steps:

  • Application form: Applicants are required to fill all mandatory fields and submit the application
  • Review: Once the application is completed, it needs to be reviewed by the applicant to ensure there are no errors or wrong information.
  • Payment: Based on the type of the ETA, the applicants are required to make the applicable payment for the ETA application. Applicants are provided with multiple options for fee payment.
  • Acknowledgment: After successful payment of the visa fee, the applicants will receive the ETA confirmation which is needed for future reference, even while the check the ETA application status.

Checking ETA Application Status

After applying for the ETA, applicants can visit the website - to check the approval status of the ETA. The following details are needed to check the status:

  • Enter Confirmation Code
  • Enter Passport Number
  • Nationality

If the applicant has the Confirmation Code, he/she won’t need to provide the passport number, however, if he/she doesn’t have the Confirmation Code, the status can be checked with the passport number only.

Sri Lanka Visa Fee

ETA Processing Fee for Indian Passport holders In USD
Tourist visa with Double Entry for 30 days 15
Tourist visa with Double Entry for 30 days (On arrival) 20
Transits visa with Single Entry for 2 days Free
Children under 12 years of age Free
Business visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days 25
Business visa with Double Entry for 30 days. (On arrival) 30
Children under 12 years of age Free
Visa fee 150

Sri Lankan Embassy Address in India

  • Bangalore

    Consulate of Sri Lanka

    Royal Orchid, No.371, 2nd Floor, 13th Cross, 8th Main, Upper Palace Orchards, Sadashivanagar

    City: Bangalore - 560 080


    Tel: 080- 4097 9688, 4117 8469, 4173 4514

    Fax: 080- 4099 6755, 2322 5069

    Office timings: Mon to Fri - 0900 to 1830

  • Chennai

    Deputy High Commission for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

    56, Sterling Road, Nungambakkam

    Chennai - 600 034

    Tel: 044- 2824 1896, 2825 2612, 2824 1047

    Fax: 044- 2824 1894, 2825 4242

    Application submission time: Mon to Fri - 0900 to 1200

    Visa collection time: 1630 to 1730

  • Delhi

    Sri Lanka High Commission,

    27, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri,

    New Delhi - 110 021

    Tel: (11) 2301 7498/ 2301 0201/ 2301 0202/ 2301 0203

    Fax: (11) 2379 3604

    Application submission time: 0900 to 1200

    Visa collection time: 1600 to 1700


  • Kolkata

    Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka

    Flat No. 302A, Centre Point Building, 28/2, Shakespeare Sarani,

    Kolkata - 700 017

    Tel: 033- 2281 5354, 2461 5539

    Fax: 033- 2246 5964

    Application submission time: Mon to Fri - 0930 to 1730

    Visa collection time: 1600 to 1700


  • Mumbai

    Consulate General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka House, 34, Homi Modi Street,

    Mumbai - 400 021

    Tel: 022- 2204 5861/ 8303

    Fax: (22): 022- 2287 6132

    Application submission time: 0900 to 1200

    Visa collection time: 1530 to 1630


News About Sri Lanka Visa For Indians

  • Sri Lanka’s free visa-on-arrival scheme put on hold

    Following the serial bombings on Easter Sunday, the Sri Lankan government has deferred its plans of rolling out the free visa-on-arrival programme. The Easter Sunday bombings have claimed 253 lives thus far.  

    The free visas on arrival to citizens from 39 countries, including India, travelling to Sri Lanka between May and October, was a move to boost up the tourism in the country during the off-season. However, with warnings of more attacks, the security has been stepped up and the visa on arrival scheme has been put on hold. 

    For Indians who want to visit Sri Lanka, they would now have to apply for an electronic visa that costs $65 (Rs4,500) and takes around 24 hours to process. It allows a stay period of up to 30 days. Even though Sri Lanka is under a nationwide emergency state at present, the tourism board says that the nation is open to business as well as tourism, and that travellers would not be inconvenienced. 

    21 May 2019

  • 73 Indians arrested in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan authorities have arrested 73 Indians so far this year for violating visa norms. The officials of the Immigration and Emigration Department informed that a total of 49 Indian nationals were arrested from a factory in Matugama, which is located about 60 km from Colombo for staying in the country beyond the visa term. It needs to be mentioned that in January this year 24 Indians who were employed in a factory at Ingiriya were also arrested for the same reason.  

    The officials from the Immigration and Emigration department stated that the arrested individuals have been sent to the immigration detention centre in Mirihana, the eastern suburb of Colombo. They informed that after the necessary formalities were completed all the arrested individuals would be sent back to India.  

    2 February 2019

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