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A quick guide about Sri Lanka visa process

Here you find a quick, but comprehensive summary of items to be noted as part of your visa application to Sri Lanka.

Know everything about Sri Lanka visa process

The below is a comprehensive summary of items that comes handy while you start preparing your Sri Lanka visa application.


For Indian passport holders, Sri Lanka visa process involves the following,

  1. Document Preparation: The documents needed are not elaborae (details below), hence it can be done in less than a day's time.

  2. Submission: The application can be submitted online, along with the necessary payment.

  3. Processing: The processing is online, usually quite very quick.

  4. Despatch: The visa approval will come on email, as an electronic document, usually within 2 working days.

Summary: Sri Lanka visa processing is completely online and quick in approvals. Apply at least a week in advance to avoid unforeseen delays/gltches.

Sri Lanka Visa Document Checklist

Here we have tried summarising the key documents to be prepared while applying for your visa for Sri Lanka.


The below is a summary of documents needed as part of the Sri Lanka visa processing.

  1. Photocopies of the passport,

    1. Must not be older than 10 years, with at least 6 months validity

    2. Must have at least 2 blank pages to affix visa

  2. Online visa application form along with visa fees

  3. Flight tickets, for onward & return

  4. Hotel confirmation vouchers, for all the nights, with the hotel name, address, telephone number and email ID, along with the payment receipts

  5. For applicants who has family/friends in Sri Lanka,

    1. Invite letter along with the ID card of the Sri Lanka citizen

    2. Invite letter, work permit, copy of work visa & passport if the invite is from non Sri Lankan citizens

  6. For business visas,

    1. Covering letter from the company in India

    2. Invitation letter from the company in Sri Lanka, mentioning the details as below,

      1. Information of the applicant (name, gender, passport number, DOB)

      2. Purpose of visit, financial documents, travel dates, duration

      3. Information about inviting company (name, contact, gender, business details)


FAQs on Sri Lanka Visa Processing

We understand that you may have many questions in mind, before you apply for your visa. Some of them may get answered below. For any more queries, write or call us,


Q. Should I submit my passports for visa approvals?

No, the visa processing is online for Sri Lanka.

Q. Will VisaBadge help in preparing the documents?

Yes, VisaBadge is an online tool that helps you apply visas. We will take care of your document preparation, verification, submissions and tracking of visas, until the receipts at your place.

Q. Will VisaBadge help in getting appointments for document submission?

There are no separate appointments needed as part of Sri Lanka visa processing.

Q. What is the cost of Sri Lanka visa processing?

The visa processing charges to be paid online while submitting the visa form is Rs 1699/-. The pricing of various services that VisaBadge offers is available on

Q. How much time it takes for the visa processing?

The usual duration for the visa approvals, as per the Consulates is around 48 hours. However, this may change based on the nature and type of visa, peak/off-peak time in the year, etc.

Q. Is it mandatory for me to appear at the Embassy personally?

No, there are no personal interviews to be done as part of Sri Lanka visa applications.

Q. Will VisaBadge team help in tracking the visa processing status?

Yes, we will keep the status of your visa tracked and updated on your My Visas page.

Q. Can VisaBadge team influence Embassy officials in getting the visas approved?

No, the officials at the immigration department are not directly connected to any of the agents or the applicants, unless they have a question specific to your application. It's NOT recommended to solicit an immigration official directly.

Q. Should I book my hotels & flights, before applying for the visa?

Yes, the onward & return flight tickets along with the hotel confirmation vouchers are mandatory to be completed before you apply for the visas.

Q. Will there be a refund of the fees paid, in case of visa rejections?

The fees paid to the Embassies is NOT refundable.

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