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Tourist Visa & Transit Visa

Tourist Visa & Transit Visa


  • Public Opening Hours – Mon - Fri from 9.30am to 1pm.
  • Telephone Inquires - Mon - Fri from 2.30pm to 5.00pm.
  • No prior appointments - First come first served basis.
  • All original documents must be submitted along with photocopies.
  • Fees - ONLY CASH at the Consular Counters.
  • Click here to view the High Commission Holidays



  • This section contains information about Holiday travelers, who wish to travel to Sri Lanka for a short period for the following categories,
  • Purpose: sightseeing, holidaying, visiting friends and relatives, medical treatment including Ayurvedic (herbal) and yoga, Participate in sporting events, competitions and activities relating to cultural performance.
  • Under certain circumstances interviews will be conducted by the high commission and the interviewees might be asked to provide extra documents if necessary
  • Under any circumstances there is no refund


Validity Period of Foreign Passports for Sri Lankan Visas
To apply for any category of visas, passport should be valid more than six months ( 180 days) from the date of arrival in Sri Lanka



Applying online

Travelers making short visit to Sri Lanka (even less than 30 days) required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Travelers who wish to travel to Sri Lanka for less than 30 days can obtain Tourist visa with double entries through The ETA initially limited to 30 days stay in Sri Lanka from the date of arrival, although it may be extended for up to three months from the Department of Immigration & Emigration, in Sri Lanka by paying the relevant extension fee.



Visa Category





South Asian Association For Regional Coorparation (SAARC) Passport


All other Passport

Tourist Visa with double entries


30 days


$ 35.00

The approval will receive within 2 working days.

Please note that if you did not receive the approval within 2 working days, you may login to and on the home page you can check your visa status. Please go to the ETA home page followed by the “check status” then enter your acknowledgement or passport number. If the status mention, your visa has been approved please take a print out of that and take with you when you are going to Sri Lanka.

Transit visa

Transit visa up to 48 hours currently issued free of charge only at (travelers must have ETA reference number)

If there is any inquiry regarding ETA pleases contact:

Hotline: 0094 71 9967888
fax: 0094 11 2674631
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Applying for Tourist visa through Sri Lanka High Commission in London

If there are any difficulties in applying ETA online system, any tourist who wishes to obtain Tourist visa from the High Commission can obtain visa by post or in person at the High Commission visa counter.




0-30 days

Double Entry


30-90 days

Double Entry













1. Duly completed Sri Lankan Visa Application

2. Two recent passport size photographs.

3. Valid passport with at least one unused visa page (passport should be valid for six months from the date of arrival in Sri Lanka).

4. Relevant visa fees

5. Please provide the following documents to obtain visa for children under 16 years.

  • Consent letter from the parents.
  • Copy of the parents marriage certificate.
  • Copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  • Copies of parents passports.
  • Filled separate application forms
  • Relevant visa fees
  • Two recent passport size photographs

Please submit your visa application in advance to avoid unnecessary delays



Method of payment:

  • Those applying in person at the High Commission could pay the visa fees only in cash for which an official receipt would be issued.
  • If documents are sent by post visa fees should be sent only by postal order or bank draft in favor of Sri Lanka High Commission. (Personal cheques will not be accepted)
  • If the passport and documents are to be returned by post, a self addressed prepaid/stamped special delivery envelope to the weight of 500g along with the application form should be provided. The special delivery cover should not be stamped with a postage printout issued by the post office for same day use. Applications sent without prepaid special delivery cover/ or postage will be retained until the applicant collects personally.

Note: the High Commission will not take any responsibility for documents lost in the post.


  • Visa application can be submitted Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1pm.
  • Issuing after 4 working days between 9.30am to 1pm

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