Special Notices


Quarantine Guidelines for foreign travellers arriving from overseas during the pandemic of COVID-19

01. PCR

All foreign travellers of two years and above arriving in Sri Lanka should mandatorily carry a negative COVID-19 PCR Test report in English language done within 72 hours prior to embarkation. Should carry the ORIGINAL COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE together with a  COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH. Pre-departure COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test report is not accepted.

Fully vaccinated travellers (only those travelling from non-restricted countries), who carry a negative COVID-19 PCR Test, need not to undergo quarantine for 14 days.

I. Travellers who have not received COVID -19 vaccination/not completed the recommended doses of vaccination and/or departed from abroad within less than 2 weeks of completion of recommended doses of vaccination are considered as non-vaccinated travellers.

II. Should stay at a certified Safe & Secure Level 1 hotel/s for up to 8 days(7 nights) of the visit and undergo on arrival PCR test. Travellers are allowed to stay at any number of certified Safe & Secure L1 hotels and permitted to use all facilities of the hotel upon an on arrival negative PCR test report. Travellers are also allowed to visit approved tourist sites in a bio bubble.

Visit https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/

III. Unvaccinated children of 2 to 18 years who have been released with fully vaccinated parents should undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on Day Seven after arriving in Sri Lanka from a Ministry of Health approved Private Sector or State Sector Laboratory. Day seven PCR test results should immediately be informed to the area Medical Officer of Health (MOH) by telephone or email.

IV. Children below 2 years are exempted from PCR testing. However, if the parents/guardians develop symptoms or result in positive PCR test reports, children will have to undergo PCR tests.


India, South American countries and South African countries (Sough Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe).

05. A slightly modified guidelines apply to those holding Dual Citizenship with Sri Lanka and their foreign nationality spouses.


Please visit the website of the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka for more information – click here


  • 30 days Tourist Visa could be obtained through online ETA visa system: Please visit www.eta.gov.lk 
  • Stays more than 30 days, you are required to contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka in Colombo once you have reached Sri Lanka. 


  • Tourist Visa fee for one month – USD 35


  • Tourist Visa extension after 30 days upto 90 days – USD 100


We caution you that some unauthorized websites are in operation to charge very high visa fee. You are requested to use ONLY the following official website of the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka for obtaining visa: