Do Indian Passport Holders Need Transit Visa For Sri Lanka

If you are travelling to Sri Lanka via third country or India, it is always better to check the transit visa requirement of the country where you are transiting through.The purpose of this article is to give you a complete guide to transit visa on arrival for Sri Lanka.

The Government of India issued Indian passport has several advantages over other country’s passports. Indian passport holders enjoy visa-free travel to approximately 150 countries as per the stamp placed in the passport by immigration officials at various international airports, sea ports and land border crossing checkpoints.

Do Indian Passport Holders Need Transit Visa For Sri Lanka

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Transit Visa

A Transit Visa is an entry permit granted to a foreign national for admission into Sri Lanka for a brief period which is incidental and during his journey to another destination.

Please note that the transit visa is not required if you are not leaving the airport.

The applicants themselves or a third party on their behalf can apply for the visa by submitting the ETA application at this Consular Division or online via the official ETA website (www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa).

Documents required

  • Duly filled ETA application (download)
  • Valid passport (The validity of the passport must be at least six months beyond the date of entry into Sri Lanka)
  • Two photographs (standard photo format)
  • Air ticket
  • If the transit time exceeds 48 hours, an ETA processing fee of USD 35.00 (Tourist visa) will be charged.

The Prescribed Fee

ETA CategoryCharges in US Dollars
ETA Processing FeeReciprocal Visa Fee
SAARC CountriesAll Other Countries
1Transit Visa /Single Entry / 48 hoursFOCFOCNot applicable

Please visit the official Sri Lanka ETA website for additional information on ETA. (www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa)

Processing Time

01 – 02 business days

Submission of applications

You can submit the application to the consular division of this Mission by post or by hand. The Consular Division is open from Monday to Friday between 09 am to 01 pm EST. The physical and mailing address is as follows:

Consular Division

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

820, 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10017

Payment Options

Payments should be done at this Mission by cash / money orders / bank drafts /cheques.

Money orders / Certified cheques should be made payable to the “Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York”.

Card payments are not acceptable.

Return of the documents

You will be informed once the visa is processed and the passport is ready to collect. You may provide cash receipt issued to collect the passport.

If you are unable to collect the passport personally you should authorize your representative in writing to collect the passport on your behalf. The representative should provide an authorization letter along with the cash receipt, and his / her photo identification.

For inquiries and further assistance;

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York

Consular Division

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

820 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10017

+1 212 986 – 7040 (Ext: 118)

consular@slmission.com

Department of Immigration and Emigration, Sri Lanka

Controller (Visa and Border Management)

Department of Immigration and Emigration

“Suhurupaya”, Sri Subhuthipura Road,

Battaramulla

Sri Lanka

+94 11-53 29400 (Ext. 9400)

+94 11-532 9000 (Hotline)

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