Steps to take when applying for an eTA to Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is an island country located to the south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its capital city is Anuradhapura and its main landscapes are rainforests and sandy beaches. The religion practiced here is Buddhism and its main languages are Tamil, Sinhala and English.

Visiting this awesome country that has so many historical treasures to offer isn’t as simple and straightforward as anyone may presume. There are steps to be followed and conditions to be met. One of them is you have to apply for an eTA. Before we go any further, at this point it is important for us to know much more about an eTA.

An eTA, or Electronic Travel Authorization in full, is an entry requirement for foreigners visiting particular countries where this form is offered for the countries to be able to screen them before they arrive. The countries in which an eTA is required for foreigners are Australia, India, Canada and Sri Lanka.

Each has a system to follow based on the laws of the land but for now we shall focus on an eTA to Sri Lanka . Having known what it is, the next thing to cover is how to apply for Sri Lanka visa if you are a foreigner interested in visiting the place.

A point to note first of all is an eTA application can be submitted using a variety of methods; by you, the interested individual, through a third party who in this case is an agent who is helping you out with the process, on arrival at the entry port to Sri Lanka, at Sri Lanka Overseas Missions and at the head office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DI&E) in Colombo. You can select the one that suits you and use it. If you are visiting the place on a holiday visit, a business trip or just for fun, you have to get the eTA before arriving there.

Okay now let’s get to the steps for eTA application:

  1. Submit your application for an eTA- for you to be considered, you have to send a filled form with all your details to the authorities concerned such as state agencies.
  2. Receive acknowledgment- once they receive your request they will send you an acknowledgment as proof that they got your application.
  3. Get the notice or referral note- if you have been approved, they will send you an approval note. If you receive a referral note you must consult the DI&E for the required eTA.

You may think it is a long process but once you arrive at Sri Lanka you’ll see it was worth it. Good luck!

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