This Mission wishes to inform that a meeting presided by the highest office has decided to suspend the ETA on arrival for foreigners.

01. Accordingly

i. With effect from 12.00 noon (Sri Lanka Time), 14th March 2020, the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) on arrival, for foreigners who hold ordinary (or) normal passports will be temporarily suspended until further notice.

ii. A foreigner who holds Diplomatic (or) Official passport is exempted from above suspension at (1).

iii. Citizens of Singapore, Maldives and Seychelles are also exempted from above temporary restriction at (1).

02. Foreigners, who intend to visit Sri Lanka for purposes deemed necessary are required to secure visa prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka, through the following channels:

a. Online through ETA website (
b. Sri Lanka Diplomatic Missions and Posts abroad and
c. Heads of the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

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