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Sri Lanka Unveils New Visa System for Streamlined Applications

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The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration has unveiled its revamped visa process and online application portal, which officially goes live today. This development marks a significant leap forward in visa services, promising a more streamlined and user-friendly experience for travellers.

Key Changes

Outlined in the Extraordinary Gazette No. 2360/24 dated November 27, 2023, the initiative brings forth several notable updates. These include revised requirements, fees, and validity periods for visas in Sri Lanka, aimed at simplifying the application process and accommodating the diverse needs of visitors.

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E-Visa System Launch

In collaboration with IVS Global Institute and GBS Technology Service, the department is rolling out the new e-visa system, replacing the existing ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) method. This transition is designed to improve efficiency and convenience, offering travellers a more seamless journey from application to approval.

Key Benefits for Travellers

  • Simplified Application Process: The e-visa system promises a user-friendly online application portal, eliminating the need for physical forms or visits to embassies.
  • Updated Requirements and Fees: Travelers can expect clear and up-to-date information on visa requirements and fees specific to their needs.
  • Enhanced Validity Periods: The new system may offer revised visa validity periods, potentially catering to longer or shorter stays depending on the visa type.

How to Apply

To access the newly introduced online visa application portal, individuals can simply visit www.srilankaevisa.lk. This intuitive platform promises a swift and effective visa application process, catering to the requirements of both tourists and investors.

Also Read: Sri Lanka Considers Extending Free Visas to Indian Travellers

New Fee Structure for Sri Lanka Visa

Tourist Visa

Explore Sri Lanka hassle-free with our updated tourist visa options. Choose from standard visas or special exemptions for select countries.

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Type of Visa Period of Validity Visa Fees (USD)
Standard Tourist Visa 180 days (60 days/stay) – SAARC countries – 35

– Non-SAARC countries – 75

– Singapore, Maldives, Czech Republic, Seychelles – Exempt

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One Year, Multiple Entry, Tourist Visa 1 year (90 days/stay) 200
Standard Tourist Visa – USA 5 years (180 days/stay) 100
Two Year, Multiple Entry, Tourist Visa 2 years (180 days/stay) 300
Five Year, Multiple Entry, Tourist Visa 5 years (180 days/stay) 500
Ten Year, Multiple Entry, Tourist Visa 10 years (180 days/stay) 1000
Visa without payments Diplomatic/Official Visa Exempt
Tourist Visa exempted from charges India, Russia, Malaysia, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia (valid until 30.04.2024, 30 days) Exempt

Business Visa

Unlock opportunities in Sri Lanka’s business landscape with our revamped visa options. Choose from multiple entry visas spanning one to ten years.

Type of Visa Period of Validity Visa Fees (USD)
Standard Business Visa 180 days (60 days/stay) – SAARC countries – 35
– Non-SAARC countries – 75
One Year, Multiple Entry, Business Visa 1 year (90 days/stay) 200
Two Year, Multiple Entry, Business Visa 2 years (180 days/stay) 300
Five Year, Multiple Entry, Business Visa 5 years (180 days/stay) 500
Ten Year, Multiple Entry, Business Visa 10 years (180 days/stay) 1000

Transit Visa

Make the most of layovers in Sri Lanka with our affordable transit visa solutions. Enjoy seamless travel through our ports with online applications.

Type of Visa Period of Validity Visa Fees (USD)
Transit through the Port of Sri Lanka for an excursion Online, 2 Days Transit through Port of Sri Lanka for an excursion
Transit through the Port/Airport of Sri Lanka 4 Days 25

Also Read: A Complete Guide to Obtaining a Free Sri Lanka eVisa (ETA)

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Impact on Economic Development

By streamlining the visa process, Sri Lanka aims to boost its economic growth by attracting more visitors and investors. The enhanced accessibility and efficiency of the new system are expected to contribute significantly to foreign exchange revenue and investment opportunities in the country.

Conclusion

With the launch of its innovative visa system, Sri Lanka demonstrates its commitment to providing a welcoming and hassle-free experience for travellers. Whether you’re planning a leisurely vacation or exploring investment opportunities, the new e-visa system promises to be your gateway to the vibrant and culturally rich island nation.


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