Planning a trip to Sri Lanka is a great idea as it has become a popular tourist destination over the years. However, to travel hassle-free, you need to arrange the right travel documents before you set off and make sure you pack everything you need for the trip.
Sri Lanka is well known for the Yala National Park as well as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. There are so many stunning landscapes and exciting things to do that you will be spoiled for choice.
Byevisa is here to help you understand the process to get your tourist visa organised clearly. Check out our guide below so that you don’t miss any important information.
Do I Need a Visa for Sri Lanka From the UK?
Tourists from Britain need to arrange an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) prior to travelling, and this can be applied for online here on the Byevisa website. Our application is easy to complete and your ETA is delivered directly to your inbox after it has been processed and approved, so that you can print it ready for submission when you arrive in the country.
Visa Application for Sri Lanka From the UK
The online visa application for Sri Lanka from the UK is simple when you choose to use the Byevisa website. You just need to input your details carefully and complete the application form. You then pay the application fee and let Byevisa do the rest.
There are 3 processing options you can choose from depending on how quickly you need your ETA to be issued. You can choose from Standard (1 business day), Rapid (4 hours, during business days only) or Highly Rapid (30 minutes, during business days only) and you must pay the fee before Byevisa can begin processing your application.
To submit your application, you need the following information to hand:
- A current and valid email address and phone number.
- Your full name and gender.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth and nationality.
- Country of residence.
- Arrival and departure dates.
- Passport number.
- Passport issue date.
- Passport expiry date.
- A valid credit/debit card or PayPal account to pay your application fee.
- A scanned copy of your passport biodata page.
Once you have selected your processing speed and submitted your application, your details are sent to the Immigration Department. They will process your application, and as soon as this is done, you get an email from Byevisa with your ETA.
While the ETA can be checked electronically, Byevisa would recommend that you print a copy and take it with you along with your other travel documents. It is also worthwhile having access to your ETA on an electronic device, if possible.
Visa Requirements for Sri Lanka From the UK
When you arrange your visit to this country, you are expected to follow government legislation at all times. In addition to the online application, you need to adhere to the following requirements to enjoy a successful trip:
- You must have a passport with a minimum of 6 months’ validity from the date of arrival.
- You cannot apply for a new ETA when you are already in the country.
- Your ETA is valid for Double Entry with a maximum stay of 30 days.
How Much is a Visa for Sri Lanka From the UK?
When it comes to paying for your ETA, you will be charged 35 USD plus the processing fee you choose. This fee is payable on submission of your application, and it will not be processed without cleared payment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Travelling to Sri Lanka
Now you know what you need to do to get your Electronic Travel Authorisation, you can sit back, relax and read through our most frequently asked questions. We have collated these to help you navigate travelling to this country and hope they help you get the information you need.
How Long is My Electronic Travel Authorisation Valid for After it Has Been Issued?
Your documentation is valid for 180 days from the date of issue. This means that your holiday needs to be within this timeframe for you to be permitted entry to the country. Remember that while it is valid for 180 days, you are only allowed to stay in the country for a maximum of 30 days and can enter the country twice in that time.
Do Minors Need an ETA to Get Into Sri Lanka?
Any British national travelling to this country needs an ETA to be permitted entry. However, children who are under 12 years of age have their fee waived. If you have any minors in your travel party, you can easily apply for their Electronic Travel Authorisations when you complete your own online application on the Byevisa website.
Should I Carry My ETA With Me at All Times During My Stay?
Your Electronic Travel Authorisation is linked directly to your passport, which makes it easy for immigration officers to check when you arrive. However, it is sensible, although not essential, to carry a printed copy with your passport in case you are asked for evidence of your permission to be in the country.
Can I Work When I Enter the Country With an ETA?
As a tourist, you are not able to work during your trip. Instead, you need to arrange a Business ETA, which allows you to undertake work, join conferences or attend meetings and training. Please note that you are not able to have both a Business and Tourist ETA at the same time and need to wait for one to expire before you can apply for the other.
Full Information on Travelling to Sri Lanka
If you want more information on travelling to this country, then head over to our dedicated page about visas for Sri Lanka. You will find lots of useful information and can start your application right away. You can also visit this page to get more advice and information on travelling to Sri Lanka.