Sri Lanka Resume Facility of On Arrival ETA For Tourists: Details Here


Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) on Wednesday announced that the country has resumed the facilitation of On Arrival ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) for tourists with immediate effect.

Till now the island country of South Asia is only issuing ETA online. However recently the aviation authority allow on arrival ETA for those who are not able to pay through credit cards to get an online ETA.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) in an announcement said;

“Please be informed that issuing on-arrival ETA at the port of entry to Sri Lanka will be facilitated with immediate effect for tourists, who are unable to obtain ETA by online mode due to time constraints experience when arranging their journey to Sri Lanka within a very shorter period.”


Now international tourists can get an online ETA once they land at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota.

However, to make tourists’ arrival hassle-free the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka is still advised to apply for an online EAT by the tourists where possible, prior to their arrival.

It is worth mentioning that the On Arrival EAT is available for all nationals except the passport holders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Myanmar, Nepal, and North Korea.

The following documents are required to get an On Arrival Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA)

  1. Negative COVID-19 PCR report taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation (Applicable to all travelers excluding children below 2 years).  
  2. Original vaccination certificate/card (together with a certified copy of English language translation if the certificate/card is not in English or if relevant data are not indicated in English). 
  3. Completed Health Declaration Form. A separate form should be submitted for each of the accompanying children (if any).

Mandatory Covid-19 Insurance Coverage For Tourists

It must be noted that all tourist visa holders are required a mandatory Covid-19 Insurance coverage to enter Sri Lanka.

Upul Dharmadasa, the Chairman of CAASL said that the Covid-19 insurance coverage should be purchased online from or on arrival.

This Covid-19 insurance will cost USD 12 for the mandatory one-month insurance and has a cover of USD 50,000 including hospitalization if needed due to COVID-19 infection.

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