The immigration formalities at the Bandaranaike International Airport are quite straightforward. The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration & Emigration has announced that British nationals arriving in Sri Lanka before 31 January 2020 on a short visit of up to 30 days are exempt from paying visa fees. For updated information and advice on visas, check with the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK.
Sri Lanka has a list of prohibited items for import. These include drugs, weapons, fresh fruit and anything suggestive of pornography.
There are several duty-free shops in the arrivals area before you reach the baggage claim at the airport. Apart from alcohol, they include varied electrical appliances.
For the latest and updated information on Sri Lanka Customs, you can visit its website (www.customs.gov.lk ).
48-hour visas are free of charge. The Thirty-day visitor visas can cost you near about US $25 to US $100, depending upon your nationality. You can apply for a visa online in advance through www.eta.gov.lk.
Follow the below-mentioned process to get a 30-day visa.
- Visit the website eta.gov.lk to apply for a visa.
- Follow the online process of visa application and pay with a debit/credit card.
- Once approved, get a print out of the confirmed visa application.
You can also get a visa at Sri Lankan embassies abroad as there’s a counter at the Bandaranaike International Airport for people who arrive without a visa.
You can extend your visa by renewal twice, each time for 30 days. Contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration for information on this.