Visa Guidelines for Tourists

Please observe that no visa will be issued by this Mission in the actual pandemic situation. Therefore please don't deposit money to the bank accounts of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin or the Consulate General in Frankfurt for visa purposes. For obtaining visa please use the website **eta.gov.lk**. Please observe the following guidelines:

  • Apart from Sri Lankan nationals, dual citizens, valid resident visa holders or foreign national staff members of diplomatic missions or international organizations, travellers with a travel history (including transit) in the past 14 days to India, South American countries and South African countries will not be permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka until further notice. Sri Lankan nationals, dual citizens, valid resident visa holders or foreign national staff members of diplomatic missions or international organizations will have to obtain the permission of the Director General of Health Services / Ministry of Health () followed by the permission of the Foreign Ministry () and Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (). They have to undergo mandatory Institutional Quarantine (irrespective of their Vaccination Status) at a Quarantine Hotel / Quarantine Center, only if facilities are available there, to separate from other travellers and will be released from quarantine only after obtaining a negatative PCR-test on the 14th day of their stay. They shall not be quarantined at a Safe & Secure Level 1 Hotel or at a residence.
  • All travellers to Sri Lanka should mandatorily carry a neegative COVID-19 PCR test report in English language  done without 72 hours prior to embarkation. Pre-departure COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test report is not accepted. Travellers should submit a completed Health Declaration Form to the staff of the Airport Health Office at the health counters at the airport upon arrival. Separate forms should be sumitted for each of the accompanying children if any. Travellers who have completed the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and departed from abroad after two weeks of completion of vaccination should produce the vaccination certificate / card to the Airport Health Officer at the airport upon arrival. After completion of formalities at the airport, all travellers will be transferred to a Quarantine Centre managed by the Government of Sri Lanka or to a  Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel, as detailed below. Transport shall be provided by the government authorities or the Hotel Management on a pre-determined manner.
  • Fully vaccinated tourists arriving via Sri Lanka Tourism will book a stay at a Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel for one night and submit to a PCR-Test on arrival. If the PCR-test is negative, no further quarantine is necessary. However, they need to inform the area MOH. They should arrange their own transport to travel to their next destination and should not use public transport for this purpose. Throughout the travelling, they should strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures imposed by the Government of Sri Lanka. They should travel directly to the destination without any stopovers, They should inform the area Medical Officer of Health (MOH) by telephone or email upon arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers, who have arrived from a travel-restricted country, will submit to a PCR Test on day 7 of their stay. If the test is positive, they will be admitted to an intermediate care centre (ICC) / Designated Hospital. In any case, the area MOH is to be informed about the PCR results.
  • Not fully vaccinated tourists arriving via Sri Lanka Tourism will book a Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel for 14 nights. If the PCR test is negative, they will stay in quarantine at those hotels for 14 days. If the PCR-test taken on day 14 of their stay is negative, they will be released from quarantine.
  • All tourists arriving via Sri Lanka Tourism, whose PCR tests on arrival are positive will be admitted to an intermediate care centre (ICC) / Designated Hospital.
  • Fully vaccinated foreign nationals, including valid resident visa holders, will book a stay at a Quarantine Hotel or Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel for one night and submit to a PCR-Test on arrival. If the PCR-test is negative, no further quarantine is necessary. However, they need to inform the area MOH. hey should arrange their own transport to travel to their next destination and should not use public transport for this purpose. Throughout the travelling, they should strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures imposed by the Government of Sri Lanka. They should travel directly to the destination without any stopovers, They will submit to a PCR test on day 7 of their stay. If the test is positive, they will be admitted to an intermediate care centre (ICC) / Designated Hospital. In any case, the area MOH is to be informed about the PCR results.
  • Not fully vaccinated foreign nationals, including valid resident visa holders, will book a Quarantine Hotel or Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel for 14 nights. If the PCR test is negative, they will stay in quarantine at those hotels for 14 days. If the PCR-test taken on day 14 of their stay is negative, they will be released from quarantine.
  • All foreign nationals, including valid resident visa holders, whose PCR tests on arrival are positive will be admitted to an intermediate care centre (ICC) / Designated Hospital.
  • All travellers arriving in Sri Lanka should abide by the guidelines detailed hereby.

Please observe that due to the Coronavirus, travellers have been temporarily recommended to visit Sri Lanka only if this is deemed necessary.

Important Notice

(Please observe that the following information won't apply as long as the pandemic situation still persists.)

All foreign visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain a visa to enter Sri Lanka.

Visitors who already possess a valid Sri Lankan passport or valid residence permit in Sri Lanka do not need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. Visitors for other than tourist purposes (i.e. diplomatic, business, journalist, etc.) must obtain visa prior to travel to Sri Lanka, irrelevant of length of stay.

Tourists entering Sri Lanka with a PROVISIONAL PASSPORT must obtain visa prior to travel to Sri Lanka via eta.gov.lk or through the Embassy or Consulate General. Tourists with PROVISIONAL PASSPORTS won't be issued visa on arrival at the airport.

Please observe that applicants are requested to use suitable courier services for sending / receiving their passports and documents, as there have been cases of lost packages in the mail during the past months. This mission won't cover any guarantees for lost passports and documents in the mail.
 

Short-stay Tourist Visa

Visas for up to 30 days stay in Sri Lanka for tourist purposes can be obtained by the following methods:

1. Port of Entry in Sri Lanka: Submit visa application and payment at Colombo International Airport. A fee of USD 5 in addition to the visa fee will be charged for this service. . Please observe that this option of obtaining a visa has been suspended on 14th March 2020 for the time being.

2. Online ETA System: Submit visa application through the ETA system at www.eta.gov.lk and pay visa fee by credit card. Applicant must input personal details including email address and are advised regarding the status of the application. Successful applicants are given a confirmation number (reference number) of the visa which should be shown at the Colombo International Airport during the immigration procedure.

3. In Person: Submit visa application in person at the Sri Lanka Mission in Berlin at least two weeks prior to travel. If you come personally to the Mission please do not transfer money through the bank, but pay cash to the cashier and obtain a receipt.

4. By Post: Submit visa application by post at least five weeks prior to travel date. Please include passport, necessary documents, and proof of payment by way of photocopy of the bank transfer. If the passport and documents are to be returned by mail, a self-addressed envelope should be included with the application. Applications send without stamped return envelope will be retained until the applicant collects them personally. Please observe that applicants are requested to use suitable courier services for sending / receiving their passports and documents, as there have been cases of lost packages in the mail during the past months. This mission won't cover any guarantees for lost passports and documents in the mail.

Visa fees: >>>>

Bank details: >>>> 


Long-stay Tourist Visa

Visa must be obtained for visits of more than 30 days duration prior to travel. The Embassy in Berlin can issue visa for 90-days stay for applicants who fulfil the prerequisites. Extensions for longer than 90-days must be applied for within Sri Lanka. Special purpose visas and long-stay visas can be obtained by the following methods:

1. In Person: Submit visa application in person at the Sri Lanka Mission in Berlin at least two weeks prior to travel. If you come personally to the Mission please do not transfer money through the bank, but pay cash to the cashier and obtain a receipt.

2. By Post: Submit visa application by post at least five weeks prior to travel date. Please include passport, necessary documents, and proof of payment by way of photocopy of the bank transfer. If the passport and documents are to be returned by mail, a self-addressed envelope should be included with the application. Applications send without stamped return envelope will be retained until the applicant collects them personally. Please observe that applicants are requested to use suitable courier services for sending / receiving their passports and documents, as there have been cases of lost packages in the mail during the past months. This mission won't cover any guarantees for lost passports and documents in the mail.

Visa fees: >>>>

Bank details: >>>>

3. Online ETA System is not available for special purpose visits and long-stay visits.


Requirements for Visa Application

  1. Duly completed visa application form with signature. Please clearly write applicant's name, address and telephone number
  2. Valid Passport with at least one unused visa page. The Passport should be valid for six months from the date of arrival to Sri Lanka.
  3. Copy of flight booking or cruise-ship reservation
  4. Copy of travel plan in Sri Lanka. If hotel reservations are not done, the names and addresses of planned visits/overnights
  5. Payment


Visa Application Form

Click here to download the ETA visa application form.
 

Important Notes

  • Nationals from Singapore and Maldives do not need a visa under the bi-lateral program.
  • Nationals who are eligible to obtain On-Arrival visas can apply for entry visa at the port of arrival in Sri Lanka. Please check the Sri Lanka immigration website for further details.
  • The payment can be made at the Bandaranaike International Airport, in designated foreign currencies equivalent to the value of US Dollars in cash or by means of a credit card. Balance will be paid in Sri Lankan Rupees only.
  • Crew members of flights and ships do not require a visa.
  • Children under 12 years of age do not require to pay the visa processing fee up to 30 days. 
  • Please do not send your fees in cash by mail. The Mission cannot be held responsible for any cash sent by mail
  • Please observe that applicants are requested to use suitable courier services for sending / receiving their passports and documents, as there have been cases of lost packages in the mail during the past months. This mission won't cover any guarantees for lost passports and documents in the mail.
  • Visa fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable

Above information is provided as of January 2017. For updated visa regulations please contact the ETA website, Sri Lanka Immigrations or your nearest Diplomatic Mission prior to travel.