Notice to the Public

Visas for Sri Lanka are issued at present by the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka only.

Therefore, we wish to inform that at present the High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK does not accept applications for the issuance of any type of Sri Lanka visas for foreign nationals.

Visa procedure for those who  visit Sri Lanka for the purpose of tourism 

The Safety Protocol of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau stipulates the following visa proceudure for those travelling to Sri Lanka for the purpose of tourism.

“Visitors planning to visit Sri Lanka must apply for their visas online through the Immigration ETA portal ( Before applying for visa, potential visitors are required to have a confirmed hotel booking, pre-purchased PCR tests and a mandatory COVID-19 Insurance Cover.

The cost per PCR test will be $ 40 and pre-purchase PCR tests depending on the number of days of stay (eg: pay for 2 PCR tests for 7 days stay and 3 PCR tests if the travel exceeds 7 days). Mandatory COVID-19 Insurance Cover from People’s Insurance PLC will cost $ 12 for a policy of $ 50,000 for a period of one month. Visitors are advised by Sri Lanka Tourism to Contact their ‘Safe and Secure Level 1’ hotel or Travel Agent when making their booking. Upon the payment of the PCR tests and insurance premium, the hotel will issue a reference number which the visitors need to include in their visa form under the section ‘contact details’. There you will be asked for ‘address in Sri Lanka’ under which you need to indicate your hotel name, address and the reference number issued by the hotel confirming the payment for mandatory PCR and insurance premium.

Sri Lanka Tourism has made it mandatory for the Hotels to provide confirmed booking number (reference number) only after collecting funds for necessary PCR tests ($ 40 per PCR test and number of PCR tests depends on the duration of stay) and Insurance premium of $12 for a cover of $50,000 for one month.”

For further details, please visit the website of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau at the link

Visa procedure for ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports and foreign pasport holders who are spouses/family members of a Sri Lankan and travelling to Sri Lanka accompanied by such a family member for purposes other than tourism, i.e. family visits etc.

All incoming passengers need the approval of the COVID Task Force of Sri Lanka to enter  the country. In order to obtain approval, please register with the High Commission at the link

After the approval is granted it is conveyed to the passenger/s and the airlines operating flights to Sri Lanka and other relevant authorities in Sri Lanka by email.

The Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka has stipulated the following procedure for obtaining visas for ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports and foreign pasport holders who are spouses/family members of a Sri Lankan and travelling to Sri Lanka, accompanied by the family member who is Sri Lankan:

Foreign passport holders must have a valid visa to enter the country.
For that they need to obtain “Entry Visa” or a “Landing Visa” in order to enter the country.
Such persons should arrange a representative to visit the Visa Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka at Battaramulla with the relevant documents (copy of the passport of the traveller and the approval received from the COVID Task Force for traveling to Sri Lanka, received by email)  to obtain a visa. The relevant visa fee has to be made  on this occasion.

For further details please contact the Controller Visa and Assistant Controller Visa at the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Battaramulla on email addresses and to

Last updated 18 March 2021Last Travel to Sri Lanka

Public Opening Hours – Mon – Fri from 9.30am to 1pm.

Telephone Inquires – Mon – Fri from 2.30pm to 5.00pm.

No prior appointments – First come first served basis.

All original documents must be submitted along with photocopies.

Fees – ONLY CASH at the Consular Counters.



Tourist Visa & Transit Visa 
Business Visa 
Visa for Elective Studies/Voluntary Work
Work / Residence Visa
Visa for Media Personnel: Journalists/Photojournalists & Film Crew


Please submit your visa Application in Advance to avoid unnecessary delays

Duration to process Visa Application


Tourist Visa – Issuing after 10 working days between 9.30am to 1pm (Download Application)

Business Visa – Issuing after 10 workingdays between 9.30am to 1pm (Download Application)

Entry Visa – 1-2 working days to process the application. (Download Application)

Diplomatic Visa – 8 Working days between 9.30pm to 1.00pm (Download Application)

Visa Application forms can be obtained 

From the Consular Division, of this High Commission between 9.30 a.m. & 1.00 p.m.
By post, by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope (9′ x 6′) with a request letter


Email :

Tel     : 0207 262 1841  Ext: 0223/0242

Who are eligible for Visa Exemptions?

Sri Lankan dual citizens.

Children, whose birth has been registered under section 5(2) of Citizenship Act – 1948 up to 21 years of age.

Children born in Sri Lanka if they are under 18 years of age. (even when they hold foreign passports)


The Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) Facility

The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system is now in operation.

ETA website:

However, the ETA is not a pre-condition to board a flight/vessel to Sri Lanka.

Bona-fide tourists who arrive in Sri Lanka without an ETA reference number would be issued visas on arrival upon payment of the relevant ETA processing fee.

If there is any difficulty in accessing ETA System, visitors could obtain visa in person from Sri Lanka High Commission or by post prior to travel.


Please note that there is a strict validity period applies for all passports to travel to Sri Lanka.


Under no circumstance could you change the status of visa while in Sri Lanka. For example: a person who visits Sri Lanka on holiday cannot engage in any business, profession, social work, charity or any other form of voluntary work or employment paid or unpaid without obtaining prior visas for such purposes. If such changes are required after arrival in Sri Lanka, the person will be required to leave the country and obtain the appropriate visa from the nearest Sri Lankan Mission, with the approval of the Controller General of Immigration & Emigration.


If the passports and documents are to be returned by post, you should provide a self-addressed prepaid/stamped special delivery envelope to the weight of 500g along with your application form. The special delivery cover should not be stamped with a postage printout issued by the post office for same day use. Applications sent without prepaid special delivery cover/ or postage will be retained until the applicant collects it personally.

Note: The High Commission will not take any responsibility for documents lost in the post.

If the applicant is unable to come personally to the High Commission to collect the Passport/ documents, he/she may authorise another person, in writing. The person who comes for collection of documents should produce his identity and the original receipt issued by this High Commission.

Incomplete applications received by post will be returned.

Visa fees paid will not be refunded.

Irish passport holders should include an additional amount of £8/- if they require their passports to be sent back to Ireland by registered airmail.

If a visitor wishes to extend his stay in Sri Lanka, he/she should apply to the Department of Immigration & Emigration,Suhurupaya, Sri Subuthipura Road, Baththaramulla, Sri Lanka before the expiry of visa

Visitors should hold a return onward air ticket or sufficient funds for air ticket.

Visitors should possess sufficient funds equivalent to US. $. 30/- (minimum) per day for board and lodging for the duration of stay.

Under certain circumstances interviews will be conducted by the high commission and the interviewees might be asked to provide extra documents if necessary

Under any circumstances there is no refund

For Residence or Work visa and visa for Volunteer Work or personnel attached to Non-Governmental Organizations please contact:


Controller (Visa)
Department of Immigration & Emigration
Suhurupaya, Sri Subuthipura Road,
Sri Lanka.

Tel: 0094 11 5329000

Fax: 00 94 11 2885358