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Sri Lanka: What is an E.T.A.

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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1116 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

The trend now is to complicate everything, like having 300-1000 apps in your ipad or Facebook.

Base on wikipedia, I won't need a Visa to Sri Lanka. But upon visiting the website of Sri Lanka, I can't find the term TOURIST VISA... The first thing you will see is Employment Visa, as if people from the third world would only go to Sri Lanka for employment.

Then after a view minutes, I found a link and it talks about ETA- Electronic T. A.- it's probably Electronic Travel Approval... It is essentially a Visa application, But no you won't see the word Visa... It's called ETA and I am rolling my eyes as I read further...

For a while, I thought I'd go to Sri Lanka. But the embassy website seem like a travel agency website ( landmine of scams).

Getting Info on Visa applications need not be this complicated. Going through embassy website can be irritating, because sometimes the literature (English) is not clear, due to phrasing and grammatical errors.

This ETA thingy, it's not just Sri Lanka? Basically, it's Visa application online? Is this a new thing?

2. Posted by mithroo3cs (Inactive 1 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I think you didn't read properly the website. Before complaining about something please be responsible.Top of the Visa services web page you can see the meaning of ETA

Copied from the ( Sri Lankan Immigration official website)

General Information


With effect from 1st January 2012, all Holiday or Business travelers to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Please visit for more information.

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1116 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

So Sri Lanka is the only country in Asia with this ETA, wow... Essentially what is it? It's a Visa you buy online....

4. Posted by lizaapat12 (Inactive 19 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Yes ETA is a new thing which was effective from this year. It is basically an official authorization for a short visit to Sri Lanka and issued electronically. It is introduced to simplified service to those who visit Sri Lanka.