Sri Lanka ETA for US Citizens

Apply for Sri Lanka ETA from United States

ETA Application

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.

What is the Sri Lanka ETA for US citizens?

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.

What purposes can you enter for with a Sri Lanka ETA

The Sri Lanka ETA allows Americans to enter for the following purposes:

  • For a holiday or visiting friends or relatives
  • For medical treatment including some alternative treatments and yoga
  • To take part in sporting or cultural events, competitions or activities
  • To transit to a third country (maximum stay of 2 days in Sri Lanka)
  • To participate in a business meeting or negotiation
  • To complete a short-term training course (lasting less than a month)
  • To take part in a conference, workshop, symposium, or seminar
  • To participate in a cultural or religious event.

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).

What documents do Americans need to apply for the Sri Lanka ETA?

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:

  • Possess a valid US passport with at least 6 months remaining
  • Pay a fee using a credit or debit card
  • Provide a current email address to receive the ETA

When entering Sri Lanka, travellers need to provide the following documentation at the Sri Lankan border:

  • A printed copy of the approved Sri Lanka ETA
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the trip
  • Return or onward ticket

How to obtain the Sri Lanka visa or ETA for American Citizens

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.

Sri Lankan embassies and consulates in the US

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:

Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington, D.C., United States

Address: 3025 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States
Telephone: (+1) 202 483 4025 to 28
Fax: (+1) 202 232 7181

Sri Lankan Consulate in Honolulu, United States

Address: 1703 Paula Drive, Honolulu, HI 96816, United States
Telephone: (+1) 808 737-7848
Fax: (+1) 808 254-5300

Sri Lankan Consulate General in Los Angeles, United States

Address: 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2180, Los Angeles, CA 90010, United States
Telephone: (+1) 213 387 0210
Fax: (+1) 213 387 0216

Sri Lankan Consulate General in New York, United States

Address: 820 ,2nd Floor, 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10017, United States
Telephone: (+1) (212) 986-7040 to 3
Fax: (+1) (212) 986-1838

Sri Lankan Consulate in Phoenix, United States

Address: 329 W Cyprus Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003, United States
Telephone: (+1) (602) 254-1899
Fax: (+1) (602) 254-2625

Sri Lankan Consulate in Chicago, United States

Address: 540 North Loncoln Street, Hionsdale, Chicago, IL 60521, United States
Telephone: (+1) (630) 232-5283