Sri Lanka is taking a new step in EVISA services to streamline the travel process

The Department of Immigration and Emigration in Sri Lanka has upgraded from the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to a new E-Visa system to streamline the visa application process.

For a seamless application process, potential visitors should apply through the official site: http://www.srilankaevisa.lk. The website provides comprehensive information about the E-Visa services, including detailed instructions and requirements.

This new system is designed to make the visa application process quicker and more secure, helping you to plan your visit to Sri Lanka with ease. Ensure to check the latest guidelines and requirements on the official E-Visa portal before making your application.

Here’s what you need to know about applying for a visa to Sri Lanka under the new system:

As of today(17th April 2024), all travelers from eligible nationalities can apply for their E-Visa before arriving in Sri Lanka. This new system replaces the previous ETA system to address the complexities involved in document submission for resident visas.

The new E-Visa system has been introduced to address issues related to the previous system and the E-Visa application portal currently supports five languages, making the process more accessible to international travelers. Additional languages are expected to be added to the platform to accommodate even more applicants.

Sri Lanka ETA Eligibility

The Sri Lanka ETA is available to those who meet the following criteria:

1. Eligible Citizenship: You must be a citizen of a country that is eligible for the ETA, and you need to have a valid passport as evidence of your nationality.

2. Passport Validity: Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned arrival date in Sri Lanka.

3. Stay Duration: You must not intend to stay longer than the timeframe permitted by the ETA.

4. Financial Requirement: You need to show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for your travel and stay in Sri Lanka.

5. Purpose of Visit: You should not plan to work, study, or seek permanent residence in Sri Lanka during your visit.

Applicants who satisfy these conditions can apply for the ETA, ensuring a smooth journey and stay in Sri Lanka.

Specific Requirements for Certain Countries:

  • Visitors from Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Syria, and North Korea: Must apply for their visa through the nearest Sri Lankan Embassy or directly with the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
  • Visitors from Taiwan: Should select “People’s Republic of China” as their nationality during the application process.

Foreign travelers planning to visit Sri Lanka are encouraged to take advantage of the new online visa application system, which promises a faster and more convenient experience. With these advancements, Sri Lanka aims to welcome visitors from around the world and showcase its diverse culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality.

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