03 January 2012

Sri Lanka Ends On Arrival Visas and Implements Online Electronic Travel Authorisation System

03rd January 2012, www.adaderana.lk

Sri Lanka today scrapped the visa on arrival facility for citizens of all but two countries, replacing it with an online application system whereby visitors will have to apply before arriving here.

The new electronic travel authorisation system (ETA) is now applicable to 78 nations, including India.

Only passport holders from Singapore and Maldives are exempted from it and will be eligible for on arrival visas.

Following representations from India, the visa fee payable by Indian and SAARC region tourists under ETA was reduced to USD 10 from the originally-planned USD 50.

Non-SAARC nation visitors would, however, be charged USD 20 as visa fee.

The government said that on arrival visa system where bona fide tourists were given 30-day visas had to be scrapped due to increasing number of abuses, PTI reports.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Department of Immigration and Emigration

With effect from 1st January 2012, all Holiday or Business travelers to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Please visit http://www.eta.gov.lk for more information.

The ETA system will be effective from 31st December midnight 2011

" The ETA system will be effective from 31st December midnight 2011 and all those who obtain visa thereafter will be expected to use the ETA system paying the relevant processing fee.

However ,for those who obtained visa using ETA prior to 01st January 2012 there will be no processing fee as long as they arrive within the visa validity period.

For those who arrive without obtaining visa through ETA after 31st December 2011 there will be a facility to obtain "on arrival visa" by paying the relevant ETA processing fee."

More Info - Sri Lanka Department of Immigration and Emigration

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