Implementing free visa scheme for designated 48 countries

29-07-2019

The Government of Sri Lanka will issue gratis visa facility for tourist purposes for 48 countries with effect from 1st August 2019.  Those who hold passports of listed countries and travel to Sri Lanka from 01.08.2019 to 31.01.2020 for tourist purposes are exempted paying ETA fee, in view of enhancing tourist arrivals from designated countries.

The list of countries is as follows.

·         Australia

·         Austria

·         Belgium

·         Bulgaria

·         Cambodia

·         Canada

·         China

·         Croatia

·         Cyprus

·         Czechia

·         Denmark

·         Estonia

·         Finland

·         France

·         Germany

·         Greece

·         Hungary

·         Iceland

·         India

.   Indonesia

·         Ireland

.    Israel

·         Italy

·         Japan

·         Latvia

·         Lithuania

·         Luxembourg

·         Malta

·         Malaysia

·         Netherlands

·         Norway

·         New Zealand

·         Philippines

·         Poland

·         Portugal

·         Romania

·         Russia

·         Singapore

·         Slovakia

·         Slovenia

·         South Korea

·         Spain

·         Sweden

·         Switzerland

·         Thailand

.    Ukraine

·         United Kingdom

·         United States of America

However, any foreign national who will be visiting Sri Lanka for a short period is required to apply ETA and ensure pre approval before the journey to avoid unnecessary delays at the port of entry and adhere with enhanced pre clearance.

For more information please visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration website at  http://www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=332&Itemid=218&lang=en