Submission of ETA application

Submission of ETA application

ETA application can be submitted using one of the following options:

  1. By the applicant
  2. By Third party
  3. At Sri Lanka Overseas Missions
  4. At the head office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DI&E), Colombo
  5. On arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka

General Instructions

An intended traveler planning a holiday visit, a short business trip or to transit through, needs to apply and obtain an ETA prior to arrival in Sri Lanka.

Steps to be followed:

  • Submit the application.
  • Receive the acknowledgement.
  • Receive ETA approval or a referral notice.

(If a referral notice is served, you may contact Department of Immigration and Emigration for the necessary ETA.)

  • The application for ETA should be submitted electronically using one of the six submission methods mentioned above. The Department maintains a NO REFUND policy.
  • An ETA holder is entitled to enter Sri Lanka within three months from the date of issue of ETA.
  • In the event of ETA being rejected, the system will send a referral notification to the applicant and he/she needs to contact the nearest Sri Lanka Overseas Mission for necessary assistance.

For the List of Sri Lanka Overseas Missions

Please visit overseas/east-asia-pacific/china/

  • 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.