Electronic Travel Authority
The entry requirements to Sri Lank have recently changed. Previously, French citizens were able to receive a visa on arrival at any Sri Lankan point of entry but now they have to first apply with the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is a online visa processing service that will help issue a visa before hand and is very easy to use.
If you do not wish to use the ETA service you can directly apply to the Sri Lankan embassy in person.
a) Your passport should be valid and have six months before it expires.
b) A travel itinerary or return tickets.
c) Latest bank statement that shows the applicant as the account holder and their total balance.
d) A letter should be written to the embassy that explains your purpose of visit to Sri Lanka, travel dates, cities that you plan to visit and finally where you will be staying.
You can submit your application using the two methods described below:
a) Go to the ETA website by clicking here.
b) Once you are on the main page click on the Apply button or click here.
c) You will need to agree to the terms and conditions and then continue filling out the required details.
d) After completing the application you will need to pay the processing fee using a credit or debit card.
e) You will receive confirmation along with a tracking number which you should save.
You can make an appointment at the embassy and go in with your documents to apply. The embassy staff will use the same ETA system and lodge your application. You will receive a receipt and a tracking number which you can keep with you for later use.
Processing times and fees
The processing time for the visa is usually three days. If you are a citizen of France you will be charged 20 USD or approximately 16 Euro. For further details on fees click here.
The ETA has a tracking service that can be used if you applied online or in person. You will need the tracking number you were given when you applied and can go here to log in and see how far your application has proceeded.
You can also use the ETA hot-line by calling +94 71 99 67 888 to track your application.
You will not need to go and pick up the visa. Instead, you will receive it by email and in your ETA account. You will print this out and carry it with you when you go through Sri Lankan immigration.
b) Travel itinerary or return tickets
c) Latest bank statement
d) Letter of purpose to embassy