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Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

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Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) official website (http://www.eta.gov.lk/) is now online.

The fee for ETA is USD 50.

Hans

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1. Re: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

Oh no...I thought this wouldn't affect me because i travel in 2 weeks but it is taking immediate effect. Looks like a busy night filling in forms for me. At least its all done on line , unlike the India one.

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2. Re: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

Hmmm

So far it is a blank page.

Any idea of the 78 countries on the hit list?

Regards

Rattie

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3. Re: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

Yes, I noticed it says "with effect from 1st of October 2011", but they announced a 3 months pilot period and "the site is currently being tested and payment gateway is intentionally disabled"

I assume the 78 countries will be close to the previous list:

immigration.gov.lk/web/…schedulea.pdf

Hans

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4. Re: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

Which means Mantravel is basically safe. Those travelling after Jan-1 are under the ruling of the new policy!

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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5. Re: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

Maybe I need to clarify.

"they announced a 3 months pilot period" when the discontinuation of visa-on-arrival was first mentioned last year.

This newspaper article indicates that "visas on arrival will be discontinued from January 1 next year", but who knows the actual facts?

…dailymirror.lk/news/…56636.html

Sri Lanka Immigration website - www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?lang=en - has not yet been updated.

Hans

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I have read in Lanka business online that the ETA website will issue free approvals till 1st Jan 2012.

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7. Re: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

This article seems to confirm that ETA will not be mandatory for entries prior to January 1, 2012. The online system will give free approvals during the trial run.

www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php…

Hans

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8. Re: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

Just rang the Sri Lankan embassy in Rome... after explaining to them about the online visa thing and i was concerned about if i needed to apply for it:

"YOU ITALIAN?"

yes

YOU PASSPORT IS ITALIAN?

yes

THEN YOU NO NEED ANYTHING. YOU GO. YOU GET VISA AT AIRPORT.

thank you. great. but this means next year i will need to apply for travel authorization

YOU CALL NEXT YEAR BEFORE GO.

ok thank you.

lol

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9. Re: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

I travel to sri lanka in 3 weeks, will we still be issued a VISA at the airport or do we definately need to obtain this before we go? I'm just abit confused about the whole situation.

thanks

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10. Re: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website launched

not mandatory until January 2012, but if you want to set your soul at ease, ring the Sri Lankan embassy closest to you, and get it straight from them :)