Golden beaches, incredible food, ancient ruins, and breathtaking natural parks are just a few of the reasons why Sri Lanka has become one of Asia’s most popular destinations in recent years.
Americans who would like to experience the southern Asia nation for themselves should apply for a Sri Lanka ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) before departure. The online ETA for Sri Lanka was introduced to simplify and speed up the visa application process.
On arrival at the airport of entry, US passport holders with an approved ETA authorisation will be issued with a 30-day short stay visitor visa.
With the Sri Lanka ETA for US citizens can obtain a short stay visa on arrival. ETA holders present their ETA and passport at the Sri Lanka port of entry and are issued with a 30-day visit visa for Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan electronic authorisation was introduced to streamline the Sri Lanka visa on arrival procedure. As all relevant information and documents are provided in advance, the visa can be quickly granted at the airport.
The online online ETA application for Sri Lanka just involves answering some basic questions and paying a fee using a credit or debit card. Applicants receive the approved ETA by email.
The Sri Lanka ETA allows Americans to enter for the following purposes:
The Sri Lankan ETA cannot be used to work or live in Sri Lanka. US citizens need to obtain a different type of visa from a Sri Lankan embassy or consulate for these purposes (see the full list of US embassies and consulates at the bottom of the page).
US citizens must meet all the requirements to be able to apply for Sri Lanka ETA from the US. In addition to completing the application form, applicants need to:
When entering Sri Lanka, travellers need to provide the following documentation at the Sri Lankan border:
Applying for the Sri Lanka ETA is the first step to being granted access to the country.
The online ETA application form just involves answering some basic questions with information such as personal details (name, address, date of birth etc.), passport details (number, expiry date etc.), and travel plans. There are also some health and security-related questions.
Applicants also need to pay a fee using a credit or debit card to submit the application. Once the application has been approved, the approved Sri Lanka ETA is sent to travellers by email.
Sri Lanka ETA applications take around 24 hours to process though on rare occasions it can take longer. It is recommended to apply at least 2 business days before travelling to allow for additional processing time.
On arrival in Sri Lanka, American ETA holders are issued with a short-stay visitor visa.
There are 5 Sri Lanka consulates in USA in addition to the main embassy in Washington DC. Here is a complete list which includes their address and contact details:
Address: 3025 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States
Telephone: (+1) 202 483 4025 to 28
Fax: (+1) 202 232 7181
Address: 1703 Paula Drive, Honolulu, HI 96816, United States
Telephone: (+1) 808 737-7848
Fax: (+1) 808 254-5300
Address: 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2180, Los Angeles, CA 90010, United States
Telephone: (+1) 213 387 0210
Fax: (+1) 213 387 0216
Address: 820 ,2nd Floor, 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10017, United States
Telephone: (+1) (212) 986-7040 to 3
Fax: (+1) (212) 986-1838
Address: 329 W Cyprus Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003, United States
Telephone: (+1) (602) 254-1899
Fax: (+1) (602) 254-2625
Address: 540 North Loncoln Street, Hionsdale, Chicago, IL 60521, United States
Telephone: (+1) (630) 232-5283