Peter's Post: Sri Lanka and visas
Our expert answers your travel questions
My travel agent says I need a visa to visit Sri Lanka but other people say I don't. Which is correct? — Fazila Joosab
Sri Lanka remains one of the countries where you receive a 30-day visa from immigration officials on arrival at the airport or point of entry into the country. However, since January 1 this year, all visitors have to get a document known as an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) before travelling to Sri Lanka. This is obtained on the Internet at a cost of US$20 and is a computer- generated notice. You normally receive it within 24 hours and you do not need to submit your passport or have it endorsed with the ETA. On arrival in Sri Lanka, the ETA print-out should be produced with your passport to the immigration officials, who should grant you a 30-day tourist visa. You can get the ETA on the www.eta.gov.lk website. For additional details, contact the Sri Lankan Embassy in Pretoria on telephone 012 460 7690.