Visa procedure

  • The “Visa Free” status and the issuance of “On Arrival” visas are suspended until further notice.
  • All tourists entering Sri Lanka are required to obtain online tourist visas before arrival.
  • An online tourist visa fee of USD 35 will be applicable until further notice. Your visa to Sri Lanka is valid for 3 months but could be extended at an added fee.
  • A valid return air ticket.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance that will cover health and other expenses related to COVID-19
  • A negative PCR test done within 72 hours of boarding.


Airline requirement

  • Any Airline operating flights to Sri Lanka will check tourists for valid visas and negative PCR test reports done within 96 hours before boarding the flight.
  • Check with your airline if it’s mandatory to do a PCR test prior to boarding (from Sri Lanka) as different airlines may have different rules.


Special notes:

  • Submit a completed health declaration from (HDF) to health counters at the Colombo / Mattala Airports (PDF forms are available for downloads from Sri Lanka tourism website. Our Travel consultants will also help in this process sending you the correct forms prior to your departure)
  • Fully vaccinated travellers are EXEMPTED from obtaining the mandatory COVID-19 Local Insurance cover. However, travellers should ensure that they have a comprehensive travel insurance that will cover health and other expenses related to COVID-19.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers if accompanied by not-vaccinated/not-fully vaccinated children, (all age groups) ensure that the comprehensive travel insurance is extended to cover the children adequately as the Government of Sri Lanka will not bear any costs resulting.
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR report (English) taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation (Applicable to all travellers excluding children below 2 years).
  • Original vaccination certificate / card (together with a certified copy of English language translation if the certificate / card is not in English or if relevant data are not indicated in English).
  • For PCR test at the Ministry of Health approved laboratory established at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) or any other MOH approved laboratory.
  • If any tourist is tested positive for COVID-19, and symptomatic he/she will be sent to a hospital or a quarantine hotel and will be covered with the above mentioned COVID-19 insurance cover. If, non-symptomatic, the guest will be isolated in the hotel they are staying and relevant procedures will be taken.
  • The booked in accommodation establishments/hotels, travel agents or tour operators are responsible for arranging safe transportation of tourists within the country.
  • Wearing masks in public places, maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters and sanitizing your hands are important.

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