Iraqi nationals visiting Sri Lanka can apply for the Sri Lankan ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation). The Sri Lankan ETA is a visa waiver that allows foreign travellers to enter Sri Lanka without having to visit an embassy or consulate. It also provides a more convenient travelling experience with quicker queues at border controls on their arrival.
Iraqis visiting Sri Lanka for short periods of time for business, tourism, or transiting though are exempt from needing a traditional visa. They can go straight ahead and request the Sri Lankan ETA, which is available online and can be obtained in 24 hours.
If Iraqi nationals plan to travel to Sri Lanka for a stable period of time or wish to relocate for employment opportunities or higher studies, they should request a standard visa at the Sri Lankan embassy in Baghdad.
The Sri Lankan government offers 3 different types of Sri Lankan Electronic Travel Authorisations to Iraqi citizens. These include the following types:
The Sri Lanka ETA for tourism is a travel authorisation that allows Iraqis to a single-entry in Sri Lanka for various reasons. It grants entry for the following activities:
It is valid for 6 months once granted and allows a stay for Iraqi visitors of 30 days.
The Sri Lanka government offers the Sri Lanka ETA for business to Iraqi professionals or investors interested in the following activities:
Like the tourist ETA, the business ETA is also valid for 6 months and grants a stay in the country for 30 days. The main difference is that the Business ETA offers multiple entries for Iraqis.
Iraqi travellers interested in visiting Sri Lanka for professional activities such as meeting with political parties, journalists, or NGO’s should note the ETA is not compatible with these. They must request a standard visa to do so.
Iraqi passengers transiting through Sri Lanka en route to a third destination and with a connection flight after 8 hours or more will have to apply for a Sri Lanka ETA for transit. They must have a confirmed ticket for onward travel and cannot exit the airport transit area before their next flight. If their stay is longer than 48 hours, then the Transit ETA is not valid, and they must request a tourist ETA or an alternative visa.
Iraqi nationals must confirm they comply with the requirements to obtain the Sri Lankan ETA before they proceed to the application form:
If Iraqis have a passport set to expire in 6 months or less on the date they plan to arrive, they must renew it before proceeding with their application. They must ensure the bank card they plan to use for payment has been previously activated for online transactions and sufficient funds for the ETA price.
The Sri Lankan government recommends Iraqi requesters to provide an email address they regularly use since it will be used for all communications related to their application, including the ETA confirmation.
The application form for the Sri Lanka ETA is relatively quick to complete, and Iraqi applicants must ensure they have a stable internet connection and 15 minutes before beginning. They will submit the following personal and passport information:
They will also upload a copy of their passport’s biographical page during their application. After completing the form, Iraqi applicants need to confirm that all the information they provided is entirely correct and error-free. If there are any mistakes or discrepancies with the passport information, the ETA approval may be delayed or even rejected.
To finish the application form, they will pay the ETA processing fee online. Most international debit and credit cards are accepted, and the payment is carried out through a secure online system.
Once Iraqis have submitted their application form and paid the ETA fee, their request is evaluated by the Sri Lankan government. The evaluation is a swift process that usually takes 24 hours. Applicants are nevertheless advised to submit their form in advance to account for any delays due to national holidays or mistakes in the form.
The Sri Lankan government issues the approved ETAs to the Iraqi requesters securely by email as an attached PDF. Iraqi travellers must print out a copy of the approved ETA before their departure.
Once Iraqi applicants receive the approved ETA, they will be authorised to leave for Sri Lanka. Before their departure, they must ensure they provide the following information:
For the latest information on visiting Sri Lanka, Iraqi visitors must check the regular updates on the latest developments regarding the Sri Lanka ETA news site.