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Tourists visiting Sri Lanka for holidays are required to have visitor visas in their passports except Singapore, Maldives and Seychelles nationals. Currently there is no on arrival visa issuing facility at the Colombo International Airport. Sri Lanka visa can be applied online or through a Sri Lanka high commission or consular office. Sri Lanka Tourist visas are valid for a period of 30 days period only. If it is necessary it can be extended for up to six months period. To do this you must go to the Immigration and Emigration office located in Battaramulla, a suburb in the Colombo. There you must provide the visa renewal form, one of your visa photo and your passport and the visa fees of nearly US$ 100. The visas will be issued within 3 hours at this office. To reach this passport office you can use the 163 number bus starting from Dehiwala.

In the recent months Sri Lanka Government is checking out the activities of Israel, Ukraine and Russian citizens. Local people are complaining that these people's business is damaging their Tourist related business in some areas. Most of these foreigners are engaged in local Hotel, Vehicle hiring and Tour Guide business in some areas like Ella and Mirissa.

Sri Lanka Entry Visa Exemption.
Tourists from China, India, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia will be issued free visas till March 31, 2024.

At the entry point, they must fill the Arrival Card and must provide it with their valid passport to get access to enter Sri Lanka.

Online Tourist visa with Double Entry for 30 days. Fee US$ 35. More info

All the Tourists who want to visit Sri Lanka are requested to have Insurance coverage should be valued more than US$ 7,000 and above.

Important Notice: Those country people who need visas must obtain them while some of those country tourists will not be charged for the visas. It is free for them for some time only. So check with the Sri Lanka Embassy about your country status. So for some country people visas are required but they don't need to have pay for them during the concession period. To avoid unwanted delay at the Colombo airport contact the local Sri Lanka Consular office and confirm your visa position as to pay or not to pay. But the visa is required to enter the country.

Nationals of these three countries when visiting Sri Lanka for a Short Visit up to 30 days are exempt from ETA,
Republic of Singapore.
Maldives Republic of
Republic of Seychelles

All the transit passengers who are going to stay in the Colombo Airport for more than 48 hours must have Sri Lanka transit visas in their passports.
If you are coming for business or to do any job in Sri Lanka then you must have the required Sri Lanka visas according to the requirements. It is illegal to work or to do business (even in small scale) in Sri Lanka with the tourist visas. It is a punishable offence according to Sri Lanka law.

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USA: Sri Lanka International Travel Information.

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