While Norwegian citizens can easily travel to various countries with just their Norweigan passport, there are several different countries that require the use of a travel visa for Norwegians, such as Sri Lanka. This fact is not affected by whether the tourist is visiting Sri Lanka for medical reasons, business, tourism, or for any other purpose.
Norwegian citizens can, however, apply for a Sri Lanka ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for Norwegian citizens online for business or travel purposes. This digital process simplifies the need to request a travel authorization before visiting Sri Lanka by facilitating access to the online platform, speeding up procedures, and allowing Norweigan citizens to avoid the need to waste time and energy making appointments at embassies or consulates.
Do Norwegian Citizens Need a Visa to Enter Sri Lanka?
Norwegian citizens must have a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to enable them to enter Sri Lanka which they can apply for via the online Sri Lanka ETA platform. The kind of entry document a Norweigan citizen should apply for is determined by the reason they are visiting Sri Lanka.
Individuals traveling to Sri Lanka from Norway for tourism are eligible for the ETA. Norwegian citizens going for business, religious purposes, or humanitarian efforts must acquire their visa by means of a traditional Sri Lankan visa application in the corresponding consulate or embassy ahead of their arrival.
What Documents are Required to Apply for a Sri Lankan ETA?
To apply for a Sri Lankan ETA for Norwegian citizens, travelers should not be within Sri Lanka at the time of applying and must hold a current Norwegian passport that is valid for no less than 6 months.
It is imperative to apply for a Sri Lankan ETA for Norwegians with the passport that will be used to travel to Sri Lanka because the electronic travel authorization is connected to the passport number.
The main Sri Lanka visa requirements for Norwegians when it comes to completing the online Sri Lanka ETA application are that all travelers present their personal, travel, and passport information through the form as well as including a valid email address and completing the process by paying the visa fee with a credit or debit card.
It is also necessary for travelers to provide evidence of adequate funds for their visit to Sri Lanka in addition to an onward or return ticket.
Applying for a Sri Lankan ETA from Norway
Norwegian citizens looking to visit Sri Lanka require an approval notice from Sri Lanka’s Electronic Travel Authorization System.
The Electronic Travel Authorization system is accessible online where any eligible Norweigan citizen can apply for an ETA from Norway or at the port of entry. Travelers are encouraged to use the online ETA application form to avoid long delays at the port of entry.
Norwegian citizens visiting Sri Lanka for tourism must have either an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or a visa to enter Sri Lanka. It is important to note that Norwegian citizens intending to visit Sri Lanka for religious or humanitarian effort must acquire entry visas from the closest Sri Lankan Embassy or Consulate before landing in Sri Lanka. These visas are not accessible at the port of entry or through the online ETA platform.
Norwegian citizens planning on visiting Sri Lanka for temporary business affairs, for example, participating in conferences, taking part in business dealings, or going to meetings and workshops, are required to get a business ETA. Some business travelers may need to get their travel approval either from the closest Sri Lankan Embassy or Consulate before landing in Sri Lanka, or at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.
All visitors who overstay the time allowed from the ETA for Sri Lanka must get a visa extension from the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo and pay the corresponding visa fees.