Visit Visa

A Visit Visa is an entry permit signifying the consent of the Sri Lankan Government for the admission of a foreign national to the country.  The Visa contains details of the period of time and the condition/s of the stay.

There are two sub-categories which come under visit visas:-

Tourist Visit Visa

PLEASE VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEB SITE – http://www.eta.gov.lk

A Tourist Visa is issued to bona-fide tourists who want to enter Sri Lanka for

  • Sightseeing,
  • Excursions,
  • Relaxation,
  • Visit relatives or
  • Yoga training for a short period of time.

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

For further details, Please visit the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) section.

To renew tourist visa

Every bona-fide tourist who enters Sri Lanka within the period of the landing permit granted by the Immigration officials at the port of entry can apply for a visa extension before the expiry of the visa. Two (02) months extension beyond 30 days shall be granted at the Department of Immigration Emigration (Head Office). However further extension shall only be considered with valid reasons. This restriction will not be applicable to Ex-Sri Lankans.

Documents need to extend the visit visa

The person who obtained short term visit visa should obtain Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before entering the country. No foreigner should enter into Sri Lanka until he/she obtains ETA.

Tourist visa

  1. Return air ticket.
  2. Address and the telephone number of the place of accommodation.(Hotel vouchers and bills)
  3. The application along with the photograph of the applicant.

* It is compulsory for the applicant to be present to collect the visa.

Business visa

  1. The application along with the photograph of the applicant.
  2. The request letter submitted by the business institute to extend the business visa.

* The relevant person or an authorized representative of the business institute should be present to collect the visa.

To get a tourist visa renewal Application Form

  1. Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo.
  2. Download printable versions of the Application Forms from Department of Immigration & Emigration web site.

http://www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=127&Itemid=105&lang=en

Other conditions applicable to renewal of tourist visa-

Intended stay in Sri Lanka should end at least two months before the expiry date of the applicants

Business Purpose Visa

PLEASE VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEB SITE – http://www.eta.gov.lk

A Business Purpose Visa is issued to foreign nationals who visit Sri Lanka for business purposes for short period of time. This visa may be issued for single or double journeys.

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

 For further details, Please visit the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) section.

To renew Business Purpose Visa

Applications for the extension of all visas should be made to the Department of Immigration and Emigration Head Office.

To get a Business Purpose Visa renewal application form

  1. Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo.
  2. Download printable versions of the Application Forms from following link

http://www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=127&Itemid=105&lang=en

Other conditions applicable to renewal of Business Purpose Visa

  1. In order to extend your visa necessary documentary proof has to be submitted by the relevant Sri Lankan Company/ Agency / Institution etc.
  2. Your intended stay in Sri Lanka should end at least two months before the expiry date of your travel document.

How To Extend Short Visit Visa

  • A visitor wishing to stay more than 30 days in Sri Lanka, may apply for an extension. The Short Visit visa may be extended up to 90 days from the date of arrival at the first instance and further 90 days at the second instance.
  • Application for an extension should be submitted to the Visa Section of the Department of Immigration (head office) by visiting the Department or through an Authorized Agent.

For more details visit. www.immigration.gov.lk

General conditions of a Visit Visa

  • You should not engage in any form of employment, paid or unpaid, or in any trade or business other than that specified in the visa during the period of your stay in Sri Lanka.
  • Your visa must be utilized before the date of expiry noted on the visa.
  • Validity of your visa is subject to entry into Sri Lanka during the indicated entry period.
  • Applications for the extension of all visas should be made to the Department of Immigration and Emigration.