Entry Requirements for Sri Lankans Lifted – SL Foreign Ministry

Admin | 06 Apr, 2021 04:35PM | Leave a comment
The procedure for entry into Sri Lanka has been reviewed and new guidelines have been applied with immediate effect.

Accordingly, the following categories of persons will be permitted to enter Sri Lanka without prior approval of the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority:

  • Sri Lankans (including Sri Lankan seafarers arriving by air)

  • Dual Citizens who travel on Sri Lankan Passports

  • Foreign spouses of Sri Lankans

  • Unmarried children of Sri Lankans, who are foreign nationals

Ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports (who do not hold Dual Citizenship) and travelling to Sri Lanka for family visits/family emergencies should continue to obtain prior approval of the Foreign Ministry. Such persons may register with the High Commission at the link http://hclappontments.embassyonline.lk/repatriation to obtain Foreign Ministry/Civil Aviation Authority approval.They should have prior visas to enter Sri Lanka as On-Arrival visas are not issued at present. As visas for Sri Lanka are issued only by the Department of Immigration and Emigration at present, any person of this category who need a visa for Sri Lanka should arrange a representative to visit the Visa Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka at Battaramulla with the relevant documents (copy of the passport of the traveller and the approval received from the Foreign Ministry for traveling to Sri Lanka, received by email) to obtain a visa by paying the relevant visa fee.

Ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports and foreign nationals who wish to travel to Sri Lanka for the purpose of tourism should follow the procedure for tourists which is available on the website of the Sri Lanka Toursim Promotion Bureau at the link https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain.

All arriving passengers are required to adhere to the Health Protocols/Guidelines that are applicable at the time of arrival.

For the Health Protocols/Guidelines including the quarantine measures applicable at present, please visit the link http://srilankahc.uk/2021/03/19/new-quarantine-measures-for-travellers-arriving-in-sri-lanka

- Sri Lankan High Commission