Visa regulations - Sri Lanka
Online visa must be applied by tourists before entering Sri Lanka. An English form is to be filled out online in order to obtain the "Electronic Travel Authorization" (ETA) on the website www.eta.gov.lk. The Tourist ETA visa is valid for 1 month.
Visa charges are 15.- US$ for Indians and citizens of other SAARC countries, and 30.- US$ for others.
Only citizens of the Maldives and Singapore and holders of a Diplomatic or Official Passport can enter Sri Lanka free of charge.
The most convenient payment system is by credit card.
The passport has to be valid for another 6 months from the date of arrival. A ticket for departure from Sri Lanka must already be issued before arrival. Sufficient funds for expenses during the stay in Sri Lanka must be available.
For more detailed information, visit www.immigration.gov.lk.
No vaccination or immunization or inoculation certificates are compulsory,
except for yellow fever in case a person has visited one of the following African or Latin American countries during the last nine days before entering Sri Lanka:
Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Ruanda, Peru, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda.
Visitors to Sri Lanka bringing in more than 10,000.- US$ must declare the amount to the Customs on arrival.
When entering Sri Lanka certain amounts of products containing alcohol are duty free
1.5 litres of spirits, two bottles of wine, 250 ml of toilet water, a small quantity of perfume or other souvenirs with a value not exceeding 250,- US$.
There is no duty-free allowance for tobacco products. Any cigarettes must be declared, cartons of cigarettes will definitely carry duty, only very few packets for personal may be free of charge.
The import of pornography of any form is an offence.
The import of prohibited drugs carries the death penalty.
For further information visit www.customs.gov.lk.
Sri Lankan banknotes should not leave the country. Unspent Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR) can be re-converted to the original currency on departure in case encashment receipts can be produced.
For gems, retain your shopping receipts.
When leaving the country export of 10 kg of Ceylon Tea is permitted duty free.
Without special permission from the Director of the National Archives or the Director General of the Department of Archaeology it is illegal to export
antiques, defined as anything more than 50 years old palm-leaf manuscripts and other rare books and anthropological material,
Without special license from the Director of the Depatment of Wildlife Conversation or from the Director of the Forest Department it is prohibited to export
any parts of wild animals (e.g. horns, skins or feathers) 450 endemic or threatened plant species, corals, shells or other protected marine products.