If you’re a US citizen planning a trip to Sri Lanka, there are a few important things you need to know. The Sri Lankan government requires US travelers to have either an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or a visa to enter the country. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of obtaining the necessary travel documents and provide you with some important tips to ensure a smooth journey.
Sri Lanka Visa Requirements
Tourism and Transit
For US citizens visiting Sri Lanka for tourist purposes or transit, you’ll need to obtain an approval notice from Sri Lanka’s Electronic Travel Authorization System. This can be done online or at the port of entry. We highly recommend using the online system to avoid any potential delays. Along with the approval notice, you’ll need to present an onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds. The tourist visa allows for a stay of up to 30 days in Sri Lanka.
Types of Travel
Sri Lankan regulations define tourist travel as various activities including sightseeing, visiting friends and relatives, receiving medical treatment (including Ayurvedic and yoga practices), and participating in sporting events, competitions, and cultural activities. It’s important to note that if you enter Sri Lanka on a tourist visa, you cannot convert it to a non-tourist visa. Engaging in other activities without the appropriate visa may lead to deportation.
If you’re planning a short-term business trip to Sri Lanka, which may include attending meetings, negotiations, conferences, or workshops, you’ll need to obtain a business ETA. Unlike the tourist ETA, the business ETA is not available online. To obtain it, you must either visit the nearest Sri Lankan Embassy or Consulate before your arrival or get it at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.
Religious, Volunteer Work, and Local Employment
For US citizens intending to visit Sri Lanka for religious activities, volunteer work, or local employment, you must obtain an entry visa from the nearest Sri Lankan Embassy or Consulate before your arrival. These visas are not available online or at the port of entry.
If your visit to Sri Lanka exceeds the expiration date of your visa, it’s essential to obtain a visa extension from the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo. Make sure to pay the relevant visa fees to avoid any complications.
When traveling to Sri Lanka, certain health requirements must be met. If you’re coming from an infected area, you’ll need yellow fever and cholera immunizations. Additionally, passengers over the age of one who have traveled through specific African and Latin American countries within nine days prior to entering Sri Lanka must obtain a yellow fever vaccination certificate. The list of countries can be found in the original article.
Should you have any specific inquiries concerning entry and exit requirements, we recommend reaching out to the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington, D.C., or the Sri Lankan Consulate General in Los Angeles. For visa information and other details, you can visit the official DHPL Travels website.
With the right travel documents in hand, your trip to Sri Lanka as a US citizen can be an unforgettable experience. Familiarize yourself with the visa requirements, health regulations, and other essential information before you embark on your journey. Have a fantastic time exploring the beautiful sights and vibrant culture that Sri Lanka has to offer.