General Requirements For All Types of VISA

General Requirements For All Types of VISA

  • 02 Passport size (Width3.5 cm, Height 4.5 cm) photographs in blue background,
  • Original and Valid Passport & a Clear A4 size Photo Copy of it,

(Must be Valid for a minimum 6 months from the date you arrive in Sri Lanka.)

  • Flight Itinerary,
  • Hotel / Accommodation, booking details,
  • Bank Statement (Last 06 months),
  • If someone applying for visa on behalf of someone, He/She Should bring an Authority Letter from the applicant.
  • Relevant Visa fee,

(All Kind of Visa Application forms can be downloaded at web site)

Visa for Business Purpose:

  • In addition to the above documents,
    • A letter from applicant’s company,
    • Invitation Letter or a Letter from Sri Lankan Counterpart,
    • No Objection Letter, (In case of Government or private employee)

Visa for Official assignment/diplomatic purposes or government official visit

  • Relevant Ministry’s Note Verbal needed to be attached
  • Sri Lanka Overseas Mission, with the concurrence of the Department of Immigration & Emigration (DI&E), will issue ETA or short stay visa within 05 working days.
  • Upon submission of the application, an acknowledgement with a reference number will be sent to the respective Overseas Mission and to the main applicant as requested in the application.
  • Application status can be viewed by the Overseas Mission.
  • When the approval received by the Department of Immigration & Emigration Sri Lanka, the Embassy/High Commission will contact you to submit the passport/s.
  • After submitting the passports, the high commission process the endorsement within two days and contact you to collect the passport/s from the Embassy/High Commission.
  • Receive your ETA approval notice and collect your passport with the endorsed visa.
  • Any clarification, Please contact the VISA Section of the High Commission in Islamabad.


  • To check the status of your ETA application, you may log onto the ETA website or contact 24/7 dedicated ETA call center on 0094 71 99 67 888.
  • It is advisable to keep a copy of the ETA approval with you to be produced at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.
  • All ETA holders should fulfill the following requirements at the port of entry.
  • A passport valid for not less than 6 months from the date of arrival.
  • A confirmed return ticket.
  • Sufficient funds to meet the expenses during the stay.
  • The ETA is initially limited up to 30 days from the date of arrival and it can be extended up to six months.