Business Visit Visa

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.
The type of Visa applicable for Seminars / Conferences is the Business Visit Visa. We recommend that all APAN delegates obtain this type of visas.

On the basis of reciprocity, citizens of The Republic of Singapore and The Republic of Maldives are exempt from the requirement of obtaining ETA to visit Sri Lanka.

When applying for ETA, you will need to provide the name and address of the Sri Lankan organization. Please use the following details.

Company Name:       University of Colombo School of Computing
Address:                    35, Reid Avenue, Colombo 00700
City:                           Colombo
Telephone Number: +94 11 258 1248

Please visit the ETA Website for more information and submitting the application.

For overseas registered participants the conference organisors will send the invitation letter and inform the Department of Immigration and Emigration once registered and registration fees are paid.

What is a Tourist Visa?

A Visit Visa issued to a foreign national who visits Sri Lanka as a bona-fide tourist is classified as a Tourist Visa. A tourist is a foreign national who wants to enter Sri Lanka for sightseeing, excursions, relaxation, visit relatives or yoga training for short periods not exceeding 6 months, with a maximum of two such visits in any one year. A Tourist Visa is normally validated only for a single journey. This Visa will cease to be valid immediately upon departure from Sri Lanka, irrespective of whether the full period of stay authorized on the visa has been utilized or not. Those accompany the conference participants should apply for tourist visa.

What are the eligibility requirements for a tourist visa?
Any foreign national who desires to enter Sri Lanka, who holds a return air ticket and sufficient funds [currency / travellers cheques / credit card] for maintenance is eligible. Nationals of countries not listed in Schedule ‘A’ should obtain prior Visit visas whatever the purpose of visit is. They can obtain prior visas/landing endorsements from the Sri Lankan Mission abroad or from the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration by requesting a local sponsor to apply on their behalf.

More Information

Department of Immigration and Emigration
41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka

Hotline : 0094 71 996 7888

General Inquiry : 0094 11 532 9307

Fax : 0094 11 2674621
E-Mail :
Web Site:

Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Commissioner for Registration of Persons of Indian Origin
Mr. W. A. C. Perera
Telephone : 0094 11 532 9400
Fax : 0094 11 2674621
Email :
Controller (visa)
Mr. R M S Sarath Kumara
fax: 0094 11 267 4631