Sri Lanka has revised visa charges and fines in accordance with the new Immigration and Emigration Regulations published in the Extraordinary Gazette No. 2241/37 on August 18.
The Department of Immigration and Emigration said today (August 28) that a foreigner who remains in Sri Lanka without a valid visa will be fined USD 500 in addition to the visa price.
Meanwhile, investors, employees, students, healthcare recipients, representatives of non-governmental organizations, religious workers, as well as their spouses and dependent children, will be charged a cost of USD 200 for a resident visa.
The residence visa fee for the following individuals will be USD 100:
- Any person whose Sri Lankan citizenship has been ceased under Sections 19, 20 or 21 of the Citizenship Act and the spouses and dependent children of such persons
- Any person who has been registered as an Indian citizen under Section 13 of the Indo-Ceylon Agreement and his/her spouse and dependent children
- Non-Sri Lankan spouse of a demised Sri Lankan who has not remarried (with the approval for employment)
- Non-Sri Lankan spouse of a Sri Lankan citizen who is living in Sri Lanka continuously for not less than 10 years (with the approval for employment)
- Non-Sri Lanka spouse of a Sri Lankan citizen who has children below the age of 18 years (with the approval for employment)
The clergy and foreign nationals married to Sri Lankan citizens, as well as the dependent children of non-Sri Lankan spouses, are exempt from paying the residency visa fee.
Travelers from SAARC nations can get a 30-day visa for USD 20 through an online process, while tourists from other countries will have to pay USD 35.
Tourists can renew their visa for another 30 days, up to 90 days, 180 days, and 270 days in the future.
For Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Hungary, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Estonia, Mauritius, Iceland, and Cuba, the fee charged for visa extension up to 90 days is USD 100.
- This cost has been waived for the United States, Singapore, the Maldives, the Seychelles, and the Czech Republic.
- The visa extension for 30-90 days will cost USD 60 for any country other than a listed nation.
The visa extension for 90-180 days will be free for travelers from the United States, but it will cost USD 150 for travellers from other nations.
In the meanwhile, visa extensions for any nations are available for USD 200 after 180 days and up to 270 days.
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