Customs Regulations and Visa Requirements of Sri Lanka

Visa application

To visit Sri Lanka, Russian citizens arriving for a period of not more than 30 days do not need to apply for a visa before traveling. The visa is issued upon arrival at the border. Check a2zdirectory for history of Sri Lanka.

When crossing the border, you must provide the following series of documents:

  • international passport, the validity of which expires six months after the end of the trip;
  • a completed migration card, must be in English. The card can be obtained at the airport before passport control or directly on the plane;
  • documents confirming the hotel reservation, or sufficient funds for the entire stay in the country, at the rate of 15 USD per day per person;
  • return ticket with a fixed date of departure.

Visa fee, when issuing a visa is not charged.

The visa is issued on the day of application.

For a tourist visa issued during the flight or at the border, it is not possible to extend the period of stay.

The procedure for obtaining a visa through the embassy

Documents for a visa can be submitted through an authorized person or in person. Documents are accepted in Moscow at the consulate of the Embassy of Sri Lanka, on weekdays from 9:00 to 13:00. You can get a ready-made visa on weekdays from 15:00 to 16:45.

Applying for a visa through the embassy

For a planned visit for a period of more than 30 days, the purpose of which is a business trip, visiting relatives and friends, study, or the validity of a passport is less than 90 days from the end of the trip, a visa must be issued in advance.

When applying for a visa, the following documents must be submitted:

  • international passport, the validity of which expires six months after the end of the trip;
  • two photos in 3×4 format. Photos must be taken on a light background, without frames, corners and ovals;
  • round-trip tickets with a fixed date;
  • a visa application form completed in English and personally signed by the applicant;
  • fax or original invitation from the host, indicating the purpose and timing of the trip, the personal data of the invitee, his place of residence in Sri Lanka, the obligation to assume full financial responsibility from the host;
  • the original letter from the organization or travel agency that sends the applicant to the country, which must indicate the purpose and timing of the trip, as well as the applicant’s data.

Consular fee

The consular fee is charged if the visa is issued at the embassy. The cost of the consular fee is up to 64 USD, depending on the validity period and type of visa. Payment of the fee is made when submitting documents to the consular department.

Customs regulations

Sri Lanka does not restrict the export and import of foreign currency into the country. Amounts over 10,000 USD are subject to mandatory declaration. It is forbidden to import Pakistani and Indian currency. The export and import of the national currency is limited to 5,000 LKR. Valuable items and jewelry imported into the country are also subject to declaration. See Sri Lanka import restrictions.

Persons over the age of 18 are allowed duty-free import of:

  • up to 1.5 liters of strong alcoholic beverages and up to 1.5 liters of wine;
  • up to 56 grams of perfume and 250 ml of toilet water;
  • goods for personal use with a total value of up to 250 USD.

Family entry limits the duty-free entry of goods to only two people.

The import duty on cigarettes is determined by their size: products with a length of 72-84 mm – 6.7 LKR per piece, from 84 mm – 7 LKR per piece. LKR 1,300 per kilogram of cigars or tobacco.

Import into the country is prohibited:

  • ammunition and firearms;
  • drugs and narcotic drugs;
  • explosives;
  • plants, fruits;
  • cold steel;
  • poultry meat;
  • medicines (with the exception of necessary medicines prescribed by prescription, which must be taken with you);
  • video and printed products of atheistic direction;
  • propaganda and pornographic materials;
  • commercial goods (trade samples are an exception).

Export from the country is prohibited:

  • ammunition and firearms;
  • drugs;
  • explosives;
  • fruits and plants;
  • poultry meat;
  • antiques;
  • medical preparations;

And also:

  • items of any value;
  • books;
  • masks;
  • collections of stamps and coins;
  • manuscripts;
  • ivory products;
  • corals;
  • semi-precious and precious stones;
  • tea over 2 kilograms.

Traveling with pets requires permission from the Sri Lanka Veterinary Department prior to travel. The stamp duty is charged for each imported animal and amounts to 5 LKR, and the customs duty is 250 LKR. In addition, imported dogs and cats must have a rabies vaccination certificate and an international veterinary certificate.

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