Sri Lanka is one of the most popular island countries in the whole world. It is a beautiful country that’s full of so many opportunities, especially for tourists and people who want to explore nature. It is also a great representative of the Asian culture, as it is located in the south part of Asia next to India. The island is covered in all sides by the big Indian Ocean which makes it even more appealing to visitors. If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka and want to know how to get there then this article is for you. Here is everything you need to know about Sri Lanka just before you visit it.
The first thing that tourists need to obtain is the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) which grants them access to Sri Lanka. Just like every other country, Sri Lanka has agreements with certain countries about Visa and their citizens could be exempt from such documents. Citizens from the Visa-exempt countries that Sri Lanka has agreements with must have a diplomatic or official passport.
Some of these countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, Cuba, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, and Russia. In August 2019, the country announced a modified version of the ETA that allows citizens from the European Union, as well as big countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States among many others, to enter Sri Lanka without Visa.
The period of this modified version starts from August 1, 2019, and ends on April 30, 2020.
How to apply for a Visa to Sri Lanka?
If you want to apply for a Visa to Sri Lanka, you can use the official website of the government to fill in the application form. The online process is very easy and takes just a few minutes to complete. Until April 30, 2020, there is an automatic message that informs travelers about the above-mentioned modified ETA as soon as they open the website. The costs of the Visa could vary to 69 EUR depending on the type of Visa and period of stay that is chosen.
There are many Visa options such as tourist, business, and transit. The most chosen is the tourist as it offers more options and doesn’t cost much in comparison with the others.
The tourism in Sir Lanka is still developing hence it could still be expensive to visit. The place is known to have cheap and very delicious food and the local people are known to be some of the kindest and friendliest people in the world. Surprisingly, Sri Lanka is home to over 22 million people despite its small area size. The island country is safe to visit and has a lot of attractions. Sri Lanka is a great choice for lovers of nature and wildlife.
There are many animals that could be seen there and typically they can be found mainly in Africa. Elephants, monkeys, dolphins, a huge variety of colorful birds and so many others can be seen during a safari in Sri Lanka.