India ranking number as the tourist country frequenting Sri Lanka is a no surprise. It may be the cultural similarities or the variation in the cuisine that leave many Indians intrigued. As a beautifully exotic country, it also inspires many travellers to explore its enigmatically oriental appeal. However, a visa is inevitable for Indians to visit this island country. So here is all you need to know about the Sri Lanka visa for Indians.
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Sri Lanka Visa for Indians: An Overview
As indicated earlier, India ranks number one on the list of foreign visitors visiting Sri Lanka.
Note21: Including visitors from Macau and Honk kong.
Types of Sri Lanka visas for Indians
- Sri LankaTourist Visa
- Sri Lanka Business Visa (double-entry visa)
- Sri Lanka Transit Visa
- Student Visa
- Sri Lanka Visa on Arrival
Sri Lanka tourist visa is the most preferred type of visa opted by many Indians. At Blinkvisa, we offer double-entry Sri Lanka tourist visa and Sri Lanka business visa. Your tourist visa may also be treated as a Sri Lanka visit visa when you have plans to stay with your relatives/friends in Lanka.
As a double-entry visa, it enables you to enter the country twice where you can stay for up to 30 days for every entry. The validity period of the visa is up to six months.
Thus, you can visit the country twice on the same visa where both the times you may stay in the country for 29 days. That is you must exit the country on or before the 30th day of each entry.
Read More: Sri Lanka Tourist Visa
Sri Lanka tourist visa fee
At Blinkvisa, we offer a 100% cashback on all visa fees. The same applies to Sri Lanka visa as well. Moreover, we are the only visa agents offering visa assistance with no advance payment of the visa fee. It means you only need to pay the initial INR 500 for proceeding with your visa application.
Read More: Sri Lanka Visa Fees.
Note: One needs to make a payment of INR 500 only for initiating the visa process. Once this is done, the entire visa fee, that is INR 2040 gets credited in your account (explained further in the blog)
Sri Lanka business visa for Indians
Typically, Sri Lanka business visa enables you to visit the country on various kinds of business purposes like meetings, seminars, job interviews, etc.
Nevertheless, it never allows you to start a business in the island country. Also, it cannot be used as an employment visa.
The business visa provided by Blinkvisa is a double-entry visa that entitles you for a stay period of up to 30 days for every entry you make.
Read More: Sri Lanka Business Visa
Sri Lanka transit visa for Indians
In the blog, Sri Lanka Visa Guide we established the fact that for transiting via Sri Lanka one needs to apply for a Sri Lanka transit visa.
At Blinkvisa, we presently do not offer Sri Lanka transit visa.
Note: It is essential to furnish the visa or travel document related to the country you are transitioning via Sri Lanka. You must also provide the proof of your round-trip as confirmed flight tickets for its approval.
Sri Lanka visa on arrival for Indians
Indian citizens are eligible for a free visa on arrival in Sri Lanka until the 31st of January 2020. After which, they may be required to opt for a Sri Lanka ETA (Electronic Travel authorization or eVisa).
As the terms for Sri Lanka visa on arrival are subject to changes without prior notice, we recommend you to apply for Sri Lanka online visa.
Why Visa on Arrival is not an ideal choice?
Needless to say, applying for a visa on arrival is a tedious process and is also time-consuming. On average, it takes at least 2 to 4 hours to obtain a visa on arrival. Also, the time taken depends on the long queue of tourists waiting to get their visa on arrival.
Travelling from one country to another irrespective of the distance is an overwhelming experience. While standing in the long queue is not part of your travel itinerary, you must go through the process. And this may turn out to be a major dampener of your holiday spirits.
The possible denial of your visa on arrival!
“What if I do not get my visa on arrival?”
There are chances for the rejection of your visa on arrival. And, if at all your visa on arrival is rejected at the immigration office, you would be forced to leave the country.
In fact, it is the most gruesome moments of vacationing in a foreign country where you would be forced to leave the country. And especially after spending a lot of money on your plane tickets, foreign exchange, and hotel bookings, it makes for a disheartening experience.
Read More: Sri Lanka Visa on Arrival
Sri Lanka Visa Requirements for Indians
Unlike the complicated visa process of many countries, the process of acquiring a Sri Lanka ETA or visa for Indians is quite easy. As it is an online visa, upon approval, all you need to do is carry a printout of your eVisa.
Also, to apply for a Sri Lanka visa, one doesn’t have to visit the Sri Lankan Embassy or Consulate.
However, the visa requirements are similar to that of the countries having online visas;
List of basic documents;
- Your Indian passport with a validity of at least six months from the date of arrival to the country
- Scanned copy of your Indian passport’s first and last pages
- Return or an onward ticket back to India
- Sri Lanka travel itinerary*
- Cover letter stating the purpose and duration of your visit
- Sufficient funds to bear your travel expenses
Sri Lanka visit visa requirements for Indians
Apart from the common requirements; you must provide a cover letter and invitation issued by the inviting relative. The letter must furnish the details like the applicant’s relationship with the host; duration and purpose of the visit.
Read More: Sri Lanka Visa Requirements
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How to apply for a Sri Lanka ETA or e-visa?
At Blinkvisa, we facilitate hassle-free processing of your visa. The steps are quite simple. Moreover, our visa experts will immediately get in touch with you on receipt of your online registration form.
Sri Lanka visa application process simplified
- Visit www.blinkvisa.com
- Fill in the basic details
- Make the initial payment of INR 500 only
- The entire visa fees (INR 2040) gets credited to your Blinkwallet as Blinkcash
- Use your Blinkcash to avail attractive discounts on flight tickets, hotel bookings, etc.
- Upload/submit the documents requested by the visa expert
- We will electronically send the documents to the Department of Immigration & Emigration
After the application process
- We will send you an SMS and an email once your visa is approved
- To download the visa, you must make the payment of the remaining visa fee (INR 1450 + 18% GST)
- Take a couple of colour printouts of your visa while travelling
Read More: Apply for Sri Lanka Visa
The complete cashback on your visa fee is credited as Blinkcash to your Blinkwallet account linked to your id. Using this Blinkcash you can unlock attractive discounts on travel packages right from hotel bookings to flight tickets. Thus, we convert all your visa expenses into your travel expenses.
How to get attractive discounts on flights, hotels, and activities in Sri Lanka?
Using the Blinkcash for booking flight tickets and hotels on our portal provides value for your money.
For instance, the illustration above depicts the cost of a single flight ticket to Sri Lanka. In this case, using Blinkcash, one can avail a discount of INR 1494 on a single ticket.
With Blinkvisa’a cashback you can unlock many such attractive discounts on your travel expenses.
Sri Lanka visa FAQs
1. Can I apply for a new ETA from Sri Lanka on expiry of my current ETA?
One cannot apply for a Sri Lanka ETA from Sri Lanka irrespective of the validity period.
2. Can I travel to Sri Lanka without a visa?
Only the citizens of the Republic of Singapore, Republic of Seychelles, and the Republic of Maldives can travel without a Sri Lanka ETA. Nonetheless, they may apply for a free Sri Lanka visa on arrival after reaching Sri Lanka.
3. Can I apply for a Sri Lanka business visa when I already have a Sri Lanka tourist visa?
Sri Lanka ETA is electronically linked to your passport. It means you can link only for one Sri Lanka online visa at a time or until the validity lasts.
4. Is my visa fee refundable?
You do not have to pay the visa fee in advance, which is an advantage when you apply through Blinkvisa. However, you need to pay the remaining visa fees to download your Sri Lanka eVisa. It is unlike other agencies where you need to pay the complete visa fee for visa processing.