Implementing free Tourist visa scheme for selected countries

The Government of Sri Lanka has decided to introduce a free visa scheme with effect from 01.08.2019 for tourists of the following countries.

  • Thailand


  • 28 countries under European Union

     (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak  Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom

  • United State of America
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • New Zealand
  • Malaysia
  • Switzerland
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Ukraine
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Iceland


Passport holders of the above countries who are visiting Sri Lanka for a short period from 01.08.2019 to 31.01.2020 are required to apply for ETA and obtain pre approval before the journey to avoid unnecessary delays at the port of entry.


Notice for Travellers to Sri Lanka

Please be informed that the issuing authority of the Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) (online visa) is the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Travellers are advised to use only the official website of the Department of Immigration and Emigration and be cautious of other misleading sites that may appear legitimate.

Some of the websites which mislead the travellers to Sri Lanka are mentioned below. Those applying for online visas for Sri Lanka are advised that these websites are not official and may scam them into paying exorbitant fees.


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