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Sri Lanka opens for business with the ETA visa

by Aleksandar 10/11/2011 14:30:00

 
To meet the increasing demand
for tourism to Sri Lanka, its
government has launched a
trial of an ETA visa.  

In May 2009 the civil war that plagued Sri Lanka for 26 years came to an ubrupt end with the defeat of the Tamil Tiger insurgency by the Sri Lankan army. As the country turns to reconciliation and stability, people around the world are taking notice.
Sri Lanka is back and open for business!

Situated off the south-eastern coast of India, Sri Lanka is an island of whitesand beaches, tranquil tea fields, wild elephants and buddhist temples. It is a land where ancient traditions and spiritualities meet modern test cricket and a burdgeoning film industry.

Now that the country has reverted to a peaceful situation, Sri Lanka offers unlimited tourism and business opportunities. The Sri Lankan Government is starting to catch on and has recently launched a trial of a Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa, which from January 1 2012 all short-stay visitors to Sri Lanka will be required to possess.

That means if you're thinking of heading to Sri Lanka for the English Cricket Team's tour in March 2012, the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in September 2012, or are planning to visit Sri Lanka for business or pleasure anytime after January 1 2012, you will need an ETA visa.

Luckily the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration (DoIE) has released detailed information about applying for an ETA visa, and Visa Bureau is here to make the process as easy as possible!

Visitors will have a choice of three ETA visa options, depending on their length of stay and purpose of travel:

  • ETA for Tourist purpose with double entry for 30 (Thirty) days;
  • ETA for Business purpose with multiple entry for 30 (Thirty) days; and
  • ETA for Transit for 07 (seven) days.

The simplest and quickest way to apply for an ETA Visa is to make an application to DoIE online.  

But applications will also be accepted by a third party on an applicant's behalf, including a registered agent or Sri Lanka Overseas Mission. Visitors may also apply for an ETA visa at the point of entry into Sri Lanka, where they will be expected to make on-site payment of visa fees.

ETA visa fees range between US$25 and $75 depending on the purpose of travel and length of stay. Extensions will be granted in some cases but must be applied for formally.

- Aleks Vickovich is Online Editor for the Worldwide Visa Bureau. 

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Our new Visa Bureau Blog

by Tom 20/06/2008 11:35:00

Welcome to the new Visa Bureau Blog.

Two Speech Bubbles We're starting a conversation!

We'll use this blog to keep you informed about immigration and visa issues that could affect you, share some of our insights and comment on newsworthy events.

 More importantly, we're opening ourselves up to comments, questions and feedback from you.  Every post in our blog will have space for your insights or questions.  We welcome constructive discussion and questions.  We will answer your questions on this blog and address any concerns you may have about what we write.

This blog is a conversation, not just a broadcast.

As a company, we value openness, communication, honesty and professionalism.  Those values will be reflected in this blog. 

When our experts write a post or answer a question, we'll take a moment to introduce them.  Our contributors include Migration Agents, Online Editors, members of our Case Processing team, and even our CEO.  We want to make our relationship to our readers and clients as open as possible.

I'm Tom Blackett, the Online Editor here at Visa Bureau.  I'm responsible for making sure our website has only the most up-to-date information (and that it's good to read!) My team and I will be spending time to moderate this blog, forwarding questions to staff and working to make sure that our readers have the best possible experience.

My team and I are looking forward to moderating the discussion here on the Visa Bureau Blog and helping you, our readers, get the most out of this ongoing conversation.

Happy blogging!

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.