Hassle free online VISA for foreigners
"Electronic Travel Authorization" (ETA) for online prior approval for
The Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri
Lanka is to introduce new system called "Electronic Travel Authorization
- ETA" in order to grant prior approval for visa via online for the
foreign nationals visit Sri Lanka.
This was revealed to the public at a press briefing
held at Ceylon Intercontinental yesterday (28 Sep) organized by the
Department of Immigration and Emigration.
The new system will be introduced on 30 September, and
it will terminate the presently implemented 'on arrival visa' at the
ports of entry, the Department said.
Accordingly, foreign nationals from 78 countries
visiting Sri Lanka on purposes of tourism affairs, medical treatments,
sports, cultural shows, business conferences and discussions, training
programmes and seminars can apply for the Electronic Travel
Authorization via www.eta.gov.lk, the dedicated official website of the
Department for the purpose.
Only an administration fee has been suggested for this
"Electronic Travel Authorization, the Department said.
The previous method of granting visas on arrival at
the airport free of charge to the nationals from the Maldives and
Singapore is still in effective as a reciprocal gesture, the Department
Information is available in nine international
languages allowing great continence to foreigners. However, applications
should be forwarded only in English language and six methodologies have
been introduced to facilitate the process.
According to this new visa granting system, since the
air and ship crew are exempted from obtaining prior approval for the
visa, the old system will be effective as before.
The foreigners, who officially or diplomatically visit
Sri Lanka should obtain prior approval for visa through a government
institute of Sri Lanka and such approvals will be granted free of
Mr. W.A. Choolananda Perera Controller Immigration and
Emigration, Mr. Nihal Ranasinghe Deputy General IT and Border Control,
Mr. S. Hettiarachchi Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Mr.
R.M.S. Sarath Kumara Section Head (Visa) were also present at the event.