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Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

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Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

Can any of you DE's inform me whether the Visa on Arrival faclity for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka is discontinued. There are conflicting reports in various forums about the same. I understand that there is a move to discontinue the facility w.e.f. from 01.01.2012 but as of now the facility is continuing. Would appreciate if someone can clarify the correct position on this or direct me to an authenticated website since we are scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka between 10th to 17th December 2011 and we would like to be sure that we will get a visa on Arrival. Thanks in advance

Edited: 05 November 2011, 16:05
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1. Re: Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

VOA will be available until the end of 2011.

http://www.eta.gov.lk/

Hans

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2. Re: Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

hey Subchat,

we just got back from Sri Lanka (Italian Passport)... and at the border, before getting the stamp on the passport, we were told that starting from 1January 2012 Visa on Arrival will be available only to Maldivian and Singapore passport holders, everyone else will need to apply online before travelling: http://www.eta.gov.lk/visainfo/center.jsp

and it will cost 50USD.

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Thanks a lot for your prompt replies. This is great news and I am glad that we will be able to travel to Sri Lanka without going through the procedure of applying for a visa in advance. As it is my Passport has got few blank pages left and I was thinking of requesting the Immigration Authorities at Colombo Airport to put the emigration stamp on my Passport in one of the used pages. Do you think this is possible and whether they will agree to do so

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4. Re: Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

visa on arrival is always available despite the changes according to the sri lanka embassy. you just have to pay addition fee.

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5. Re: Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

here is the latest info (showing VOA is still available AFTER 01.01.2012)

Visas:

All arrivals into Sri Lanka from 01 January 2012 onwards, will now require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA).

The ETA fee will be:

US$50 for tourist visas up to 30 days (Double entry),

US$60 for business visas (multiple entry) for 30 days

US$25 for transit passengers valid up to 7 days (includes clients in transit to Maldives and Kerala)

It is also possible to obtain visas at the port of entry:

US$75 for a 30 day visa

US$25 for a 7day visa

Fredericia, Denmark
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6. Re: Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

ETA is NOT a visa.

Hans

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i know it isnt but if people are unable to get the eta done before they travel they can still travel and then submit the eta arrival for an overall cost $75 to obtaon visa and gain entry

Edited: 06 November 2011, 01:00
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8. Re: Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

on the sri lanka gov site regarding completing ETA it says some may not have access to a computer or have a crdit card. if you are unable to do so online you can submit the eta through a variety of different methods:

1. By the applicant

2. Third Parties

3. Registered Agents

4. Sri Lanka Overseas Missions

5. At the head office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DI&E)

6. On arrival at the port of entry

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9. Re: Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

Yes that's always the 'fallback', but indeed will cost 25 USD extra. Hope most people can avoid it by doing ETA online, once the site becomes bugfree...

At your service,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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10. Re: Visa on Arrival for Indians arriving in Sri Lanka

Newest development..

sundaytimes.lk/111106/BusinessTimes/bt06.html