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Sri Lanka -Visa information

If you need a visa, to travel to Sri Lanka, you must obtain it from the nearest Sri Lanka mission. If no such facility available, get in contact with the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, Colombo, Srilanka.

Also Sri Lanka offers online visa processing service. The online visa fee to Sri Lanka is US$ 10 for SAARC countries and US $ 20 for other countries effective from 2012.
There are 5 types of visas available.

  1. Multiple Entry Visas
  2. Residence Visas
  3. Visit Visas
  4. Transit Visas
  5. Special Resident Guest Visas Applications for Residence Visas / Visas under the Special Resident Guest Scheme should be made to the Dept. of Immigration and Emigration.

These visa periods, can be extended prior to the expiration of the visa at the Dept. of Immigration and Emigration in Borella, Colombo, Srilanka.

Department of immigration and emigration,
No 41 Ananda Rajakaruna Mw
Colombo 10 (Punchi Borella)

How to reach
By bus use Route No 103,144,171- from Fort Railway station. Get down at the Punchi Borella Junction.(people know this place as passport office).Then go along on the Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha around 50 meters.

Multiple Entry Visas
To get a multiple entry visa, you as foreigner must proof, that you are investing funds in Sri Lanka or doing business activities in Sri Lanka. Validity of this visa is up to 01 year. Residence Visas to get a Residence Visa, you must Arrive in Sri Lanka with an Entry visa obtained from a Sri lanka mission with the approval of the Controller of Immigration and Emigration. The visa will be valid for a period of one year and there after can be renewed every year. (Spouses can get for two years)
The following can apply for this visa with the necessary documents.

Expatriate personnel whose services are required for projects approved by the State,
Expatriate personnel employed in projects under Board of Investment of Sri Lanka.
A foreign national (Who desires to invest monetary capital or To engage in business activities in Sri Lanka), Members of the Clergy,
Religious Workers and Religious Students,
Volunteers, Personnel attached to Non-Governmental Organizations,
Foreign students (In Universities, Educational Institutions approved by the State, Other Institutions), Registered Indians covered by the 1954 Agreement, Ex Sri Lankans, Spouses of Sri Lankans, Children of Sri Lankans but holding foreign nationality.

Visit Visas.
This visa is issued for people who are having enough funds for the stay and a valid return ticket must obtain the visa prior to their arrival in Colombo except Singapore and Maldives passport holders.

It can be issued 30 days at the beginning and can be extended up to one year. Following countries can get their endorsement at the arrival port, Singapore and Maldives passport holders.

Transit Visas
These visas are issued to foreigners traveling via Sri Lanka. Validity of this visa is 30 days.

Some countries need to get this visa prior to the entry in Srilanka from the Sri Lanka mission overseas. Some country people can get endorsement at the arriving entry port. Please check with the nearest Sri Lankan mission, in what category your country is. These information's given are general out line, and verify with the relevant authorities for its accuracy.

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Online Visa System.

Sri Lanka Government requires All foreigners except Maldives and Singapore to get the entry visa prior to their arrival. The new visa fees will be US$ 20 for 78 country people. Citizens of SAARC countries will need to pay US$ 10 for their entry visa. The restriction is expected to be enforced from December 2011. Those people who are going to stay less than 48 hours in Sri Lanka and children are not requested to get the entry visas.

Earlier all country people were allowed to visit Srilanka with out a valid visa. If you have any travel plan to Sri Lanka first ask your agent or the airline about the visa conditions.

Here are some links which are useful.

Sri Lanka Missions in Foreign countries Lanka Mission
Sri Lanka immigration Immigration
Online visa Application: Go Here
Check Status: Go Here

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January 15FridayTamil Thai Pongal Day
January 23SaturdayMoon Poya Day
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March 25FridayGood Friday
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