The Sri Lankan Govt on Friday announced that it has decided to restart the on-arrival Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) service at its airports for fully vaccinated international travelers.
Sarath Rupasiri, Immigration and Emigration Department Controller General in a statement said that the issuance of on-arrival ETA would facilitate tourists who were unable to obtain an online ETA due to time constraints in arranging their journey to Sri Lanka.
Sarath also said the facility would be available at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota.
However, despite the facility, the controller general advised travel operators to encourage incoming tourists to obtain the online ETA prior to their arrival in the country to avoid unnecessary delays at the airport.
What is an ETA?
ETA is an official authorization for a Short Visit to Sri Lanka (For more info…) and is issued electronically. The ETA is introduced with the intention of providing an efficient, reliable, and simplified service to those who visit Sri Lanka.
ETA holders will be issued a 30 day Short Visit visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka. The ETA will be effective from the 1st of January 2012.
The ETA is issued through an online system and no passport copies, documents, or photographs are required. There is no requirement to endorse the ETA on the passport.
On arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka
Upon arrival, produce your passport to the immigration officer at the port of entry to obtain the necessary clearance. It is advisable for you to bring a copy of the ETA approval notice along with you.