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Travel
Requirements

You can visit Sri Lanka with an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) visa.

The ETA is an official authorization for a short visit to Sri Lanka and is issued electronically. It is initially limited to 30 days from the date of arrival but may be extended for up to six months.

To apply for an ETA, you must have a passport valid for not less than 6 months from the date of arrival in Sri Lanka. You must also have a confirmed return ticket and sufficient funds to meet expenses during your stay.

The application process is simple and can be completed online through our site. Once approved, you will receive your ETA via email.

Before you go

If you’re planning a trip to Sri Lanka, it’s important to know the travel requirements before you go. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your journey:

  1. COVID-19 Requirements
  2. Visa Requirements
  3. Health Insurance
  4. Currency
  5. Culture and Etiquette

COVID-19 Requirements

In December 2022, the Government of Sri Lanka announced that travellers are no longer required to produce COVID-19 vaccination certificates on arrival in Sri Lanka. Pre-departure COVID-19 tests are also no longer required before arrival.

On 17 June, the Government of Sri Lanka announced that COVID-19 travel insurance is no longer mandatory for all visitors. However, it is important to ensure you take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel abroad.

Visa requirements

Passport validity

If you are visiting Sri Lanka, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive. Also you will need to show a return flight booked.

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)
All visitors are advised to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka.

ETA was introduced by the Sri Lankan government in 2012 for visitors to enter the country for:

  • Tourism, business or transit purposes. 
  • It allows up to two entries for tourist stays or unlimited entries for business stays. Most countries are eligible for this online application.
  • The ETA is initially limited up to 30 days from the date of arrival and it can be extended up to six months.

 

For ETA holders should fulfill the following requirements at the port of entry:
 
  • A passport valid for not less than 6 months from the date of arrival
  • A confirmed return ticket.
  • Sufficient funds to meet the expenses during the stay.

 

On arrival visa facilities are available, however applying for an ETA before travel is advised for ease of travel and to prevent delays on arrival.

All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Health insurance

It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance before you leave. Travel insurance can provide you with a wide range of coverage options that can help protect you financially in the event of unforeseen circumstances during your trip. This can include things like medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost or stolen luggage, and more.

Sri Lanka is a beautiful and popular tourist destination, but like any other country, it is not immune to accidents and emergencies. Medical treatment abroad can be expensive no matter how rich your destination is, and having travel insurance can provide you with peace of mind knowing that you are covered in case of unexpected illness or injury.

Additionally, travel insurance can provide you with protection against trip cancellations or interruptions due to unforeseen circumstances such as severe weather or personal emergencies. By purchasing travel insurance, you can ensure that you are financially protected and can fully enjoy your trip to Sri Lanka without worry.

Currency

The currency used in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). The rupee is divided into 100 cents.

You will get approximately 325 LKR for 1 USD, or 389 for 1 GBP. The exchange rate will vary day by day.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and money changers in Sri Lanka. Many hotels and tourist destinations also offer currency exchange services, but these may not offer the best exchange rates. It is important to note that it is illegal to change money with unlicensed money changers, and doing so can result in steep fines or even imprisonment.

Credit cards are widely accepted in larger establishments such as hotels, restaurants, and shops. Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted cards, but it is always a good idea to carry some cash for smaller purchases and in case of emergencies.

ATMs are also widely available in Sri Lanka, especially in urban areas, and they accept most major debit and credit cards. However, it is always advisable to inform your bank of your travel plans before departing to ensure that your cards will work abroad and to avoid any unexpected issues.

Culture and Etiquette

In Sri Lanka, etiquette plays a significant role in their daily lives. Sri Lankans are known for their warm hospitality and politeness, so it’s essential to follow their customs and traditions to show respect to their culture. One of the essential etiquettes is the dress code. Sri Lankans have conservative values, and it’s advisable to dress modestly when visiting religious sites or attending formal events. Shorts and sleeveless tops are not recommended in these places.

Another etiquette in Sri Lanka is the greeting. It’s customary to greet people with a smile and a slight bow of the head. Handshakes are acceptable, but it’s better to wait for the other person to initiate it. When addressing people, it’s polite to use their title and surname, especially in formal settings. It’s also customary to use honorifics such as “sir” or “madam” when speaking to older people or those in positions of authority.

In Sri Lanka, it’s important to show respect to elders and those in authority. It’s customary to stand up when an elder or a person in authority enters the room as a sign of respect. When eating, it’s important to use the right hand to handle food as the left hand is considered unclean. Additionally, it’s considered impolite to point your feet towards someone as it’s seen as a sign of disrespect. These etiquettes are essential in Sri Lanka, and it’s important to observe them to show respect to the local culture.

Apply online for your ETA now:

The ETA is the main ticket for entering to Sri Lanka as a tourist. After you finish your online application you will receive an email with your application status, once your application is accepted, you will be ready for start your trip!