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Types of Sri Lankan Visas

by David | October 28th, 2009

Sri Lanka is an island paradise  of mountains, rainforestdes and temples, fringed by picture -perfect tropical beaches. With the defeat of the insurgent group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam earlier this year, the country’s popularity as a travel destination is back on the rise.

Americans traveling to Sri Lanka definitely need a visa, but the type of visa you’ll need depends on the circumstances of your stay. Here’s a brief overview of the different types of Sri Lankan visas:

  • Tourist (or visit) visa: Tourist visas are issued for free on arrival for American citizens.  They are valid for up to  30 days, but you can apply for an extension in Sri Lanka if necessary.
  • Business visa: A multiple-entry visa, valid for three months or up to one year, may be issued to businesspeople or investors.
  • Diplomatic visas are issued for diplomatic visits. 
  • Multiple-entry visas: Can be issued for business or leisure and may be valid for up to 5 years. However, you must apply in advance for the visa and you cannot stay in Sri Lanka for more than 6 months at a time.
  • If you plan to work, study or live in Sri Lanka, you must apply in person at an embassy or consulate. 

The US Department of State notes that “Foreigners entering Sri Lanka on a landing/tourist visa cannot convert their visa to a non-tourist one, and risk deportation if they engage in activities other than tourism without the appropriate visa.”

So, it’s important to make sure you have the right type of visa for your trip. can research your situation and help you determine your visa needs. We can also help you with the paperwork, providing clear, easy-to-follow  instructions to help you avoid common mistakes.

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