Sri Lanka ETA for Transit Purposes

Apply for Transit ETA

Depending on how much time is spent in Sri Lanka before moving on to an onward destination, travelers passing through the country may require a Sri Lanka ETA for transit.

Passengers in transit who do require a visa should apply in advance for the Sri Lanka transit ETA. Travellers are issued with the single-entry transit visa on arrival when they present their approved ETA and passport. Foreigners are not permitted to leave the airport with a Sri Lanka transit visa.

What is the Sri Lankan ETA for transit?

The Sri Lanka ETA for Transit is an online Electronic Travel Authorization introduced in 2012, it allows eligible citizens to pre-register a visa waiver application for short stays for tourism, transit, or business purposes.

The majority of foreign passport holders are able to apply for a Sri Lanka transit visa or online ETA to pass through the country. This excludes 3 visa-exempt countries (Seychelles, the Maldives, and Singapore), as well as citizens of 21 countries who are required to get a visa from a Sri Lanka Diplomatic Mission in their own country before traveling.

How does transit ETA for Sri Lanka work

The transit eTA for Sri Lanka can be obtained through the simple Electronic Travel Authorization application online. Eligible citizens are required to fill in some personal information and passport details, as well as to select ‘transit’ as the purpose of the stay.

Applicants will need to meet the Sri Lanka eTA requirements for transit in order for the eTA approval to be successful. It’s necessary to have:

  • A passport from a Sri Lanka ETA transit-eligible country valid for 6 months upon arrival
  • A valid debit or credit card to pay the Sri Lanka transit authorization fee
  • A current email address at which to receive the transit eTA for Sri Lanka

The following should be presented upon arrival at the border:

  • A printed copy of the transit ETA for Sri Lanka
  • A confirmed ticket to the traveler’s onward destination
  • A visa or other travel document for the onward destination, if applicable.

Before submitting the application, it’s essential to double-check all the information provided in order to correctly receive the Sri Lanka transit ETA. Applications are usually processed within 24 hours, with the Sri Lanka ETA for transit sent by email on approval.

Do I need a Sri Lanka transit visa or ETA for transit?

The Sri Lanka transit ETA  is only available for the purposes of transiting through Sri Lanka on the way to an onward destination. So, if the traveler want to travel through Sri Lanka to change the airport or mode of transport on their way to a third destination, the traveler will require a transit visa or ETA for transit.

The ETA transit for Sri Lanka is not required for passengers in transit who:

  • Will leave the country within 8 hours
  • Have a ticket or evidence of their onward travel

Eligible countries for Sri Lanka transit ETA

  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • France
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • United States
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Italy
  • Pakistan
  • Netherlands
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Russian Federation
  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Czech Republic
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Cyprus
  • South Korea
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • St Pierre & Miquelon
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome & Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard & Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands, British
  • Wallis & Futuna
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

 

How long you can stay in Sri Lanka with transit ETA

The Sri Lanka ETA for transit allows a stay of up to 2 days in the country.

However, if the ETA holder wishes to stay for longer and/or for purposes other than to pass through, then the transit ETA for Sri Lanka is not eligible, and another Sri Lankan visa type will be required.

Access to Transit eTA Application