http://www.eta.gov.lk for more information and application.
Sri Lanka Missions abroad are authorized to issue single-entry visit visas valid for a maximum period of three months only. Visitors could get their visas extended for another three months at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
Except short-term visas, all other visa requests may require up to 30 days processing time and in some cases an approval from the relevant authorities in Sri Lanka. Such requests should be made well in advance in order to obtain the necessary clearance. However, if all the relevant documents are included, if the application is filled out correctly and no approval from relevant authorities in Sri Lanka is required, the Sri Lanka Mission in Stockholm can usually issue visit visas within 10 working days.
Those who intend to apply for a residence visa should contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration either themselves or through their local sponsor in order to obtain a pre approved visa prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka.
For business visas a letter from the employer detailing the reasons for the visit to Sri Lanka, and a sponsor/invitation letter from the business contact in Sri Lanka has to be submitted along with other required documents.
Issuance of Business ETA at the port of entry (on-arrival) has been suspended by the Controller General of Immigration & Emigration of Sri Lanka. Those who intend to apply for a Business Visa should contact the Embassy.
Multiple Entry Visa
Multiple entry visas for Sri Lanka are usually issued for genuine investors and businessmen and not for tourists and other categories of visitors. Multiple entry visas valid up to 12 months are issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo or Sri Lanka Missions abroad with the approval of the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
Residence Visa - A residence visa is a permit for a non-Sri Lankan to obtain residence facilities for special purposes.There are eight sub-categories which come under residence visas. For further details please visit http://www.immigration.gov.lk
Please note that under any circumstances, the status of visas will not be changed after arrival in Sri Lanka (i.e no visitor visas will be converted to Residence/Working visas). If changes are required, such applicants will have to leave the country first and then apply for a fresh visa from the nearest Sri Lanka Mission abroad.
Further details can be obtained from the website of the Department of Immigration & Emigration http://www.immigration.gov.lk
1. Visa application Duly filled and signed application form.
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2. Original passport
(i). Minimum validity of 6 months beyond the period of stay
(ii). Except Alien's Passport
3. Visa Fee/ Processing Fee must be paid as applicable when submitting an application, either at the counter or through Postgiro or Bankgiro. When sending the documents by post, please enclose copy of payment receipt. Please call the Embassy on Tel No 0046 8 6636523/25 for more details.
4. Confirmation is required of the travel arrangements. Please attached the copy of copy of flight itinerary.
5. Self-addressed envelop.
6. For other nationals:photocopy of the Resident/Stay Permit is required
Applicants are adviced to submit their application at least one month before scheduled journey.
Bank Name: SEB ( Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken)
Account No. : 5213-100-2386
IBAN : SE 51 500000000 521 31002386
BIC : ESS ESESS
The Payments must be paid when submitting an application, payable at the counter or through Postgiro.The Embassy does not accept cheques. If sending the documents by post, please enclose copy of payment receipt. Please note that according to the rules in Sri Lanka, the money will not be refunded
Under the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) System, a processing fee is levied for persons above 12 years of age for short-term visit visas. This amount in local currency is SEK 300/-. If a person intends to stay in Sri Lanka more than 30 days up to 3 months, the country visa fee is payable in addition to processing fee of SEK 300/-.
1. Less than 30 days – 300 + Bank charges 12 = SEK 312/-
2. Up to 90 days for Swedish passport holders – 265 + 300 + 12 = SEK 577/-
(country visa fee varies as per the schedule for each accredited country)
Note: Though processing fee is not charged for children under 12 years, the country visa fee is charged if they stay more than 30 days up to 3 months.
For Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank (SEB) transactions, Please pay SEK 12:- along with all the charges indicated below as bank charges.
EXAMPLE: SEK 300:- + SEK 12:- = SEK 312:-
Prior visas must be obtained by Journalists/media personnel who expect to visit Sri Lanka on an assignment. In addition to the visa application form, they are required to submit a list of equipments which they intend to take to Sri Lanka on the prescribed form. Journalists are advised to apply for visas well in advance, as the Embassy needs the clearance from the authorities in Colombo to issue visas for them.
They are also required to call over at the Public Communications Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic Building, Colombo 1 Tel (+94) 011 5339287/5361952/2437633, after their arrival in Sri Lanka to obtain their Media Accreditation issued by the Department of Information. Media Accreditation will not be recommended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for any media personnel arriving in Sri Lanka on tourist visas, or those who obtain their visas on arrival.
Documents required for a visit visa for Journalists to Sri Lanka
1. Duly filled Application for Bussiness Visa (ETA Application for Business Purpose) Form
2. Original Passport (minimum validity of 6 months beyond the period of stay)
3. Two recent passport-size colour photographs
4. A letter of commission from respective media organisation (For free-lance journalists, a letter from the Editor of a reputed publication)
5. Equipment list for electronic media along with a carnet or bank guarantee for customs purpose
6. Confirmation is required of the travel arrangements, copy of return air ticket or flight itinerary obtained from a Travel Agent
7. Letter if undertaking that the equipment are re-exported
8. Relevant Visa fee
In addition to above, visiting media for documentary and feature films should fulfill following special requirements.
Media teams visiting Sri Lanka to film tourism promotional documentaries or Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) familiarisation tours are required to fill the SLTB Selection Criteria for Journalists/TV Crewsfor Familiarisation Tours form. The Sri Lanka Tourist Board requires at least 30 working days for processing the relevant documents prior to the scheduled commencement of project. Such media teams should also have a ground handling team who will be coordinating the project in Sri Lanka.
Media teams coming to Sri Lanka for filming of documentaries/feature films, are required to complete the National Film Corporation Agreement and submit it along with the synopsis of the documentary/feature film, itinerary of the media team in Sri Lanka as well as locations of filming. Since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs need at least seven (07) working days to obtain the permission from the National Film Corporation, such media teams are advised to submit the necessary documents to this Consulate well in advance prior to their scheduled departure.
For more information on visas or visa matters, please contact the Embassy on 0046 8 6636523/25.
Embassy of Sri Lanka,
Strandvägen 39, 1Tr,
Box 240 55,
104 50 STOCKHOLM