Sri Lanka Entry Requirements

March 2022 update:

As of Tuesday 01 March 2022 the Sri Lankan Government have removed the requirement for fully vaccinated travellers from most countries to provide a negative PCR prior to arrival.

Therefore no quarantine, PCR or RAT tests are currently required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Sri Lanka from most countries. Adults are considered fully vaccinated if they have had at least two vaccination shots at least 14 days prior to entry.

Visa & Travel insurance requirements:

Visitors from most countries require a visa to visit Sri Lanka and you should apply for a electronic visa on-line (known as an ETA) prior to departure.

IMPORTANT: The Sri Lankan government currently requires you purchase a mandatory travel insurance policy for the visa to be issued.  The mandatory travel insurance policy required by the Sri Lankan government costs USD$12.00 per person, it must be purchased online. The mandatory insurance offers various and limited coverage should you become ill with Covid-19 while in Sri Lanka. Full details are available via the link below.

Sri Lanka & Beyond strongly advises you consider this mandatory travel insurance as additional coverage only and NOT as a substitute for general travel insurance. Be sure to purchase comprehensive travel insurance as well as the mandatory insurance.

How to apply for a Sri lankan tourist visa:

  • Apply on line prior to entry via the official website:
  • The current cost is USD$35 per person.
  • The processing time varies and is generally less then 72hrs.
  • You must purchase the mandatory Covid travel insurance.
  • The cost is USD$12 per person and it is purchased on line via this link:
  • As stated above this insurance is mandated by the Sri Lankan government.
  • The coverage is limited and the details are available via the link above.

Please note:

Visa and insurance costs are not included in your tour price. Sri Lanka & Beyond receive no payment or incentive on the above visa or mandatory insurance – this information is intended only as a general guide offered in good-faith; it does not constitute formal advice or a full description of all the requirements for travellers from all countries and the information may change without notice – It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa, travel documentation and insurance prior to travel and you should re-confirm the entry requirements prior to travel, no liability is accepted if you do not.

Also be sure to check with your airline in regards to their Covid travel policies, and if you are transiting via another country you will need to meet their Covid travel requirements along with the requirements of your next destination on leaving Sri Lanka.