For example at Nuwara Eliya, in the hills of Central Sri Lanka, has a temperature around 5-20°C throughout the year, whereas Hambanthota, located in the dry zone, has a temperature consistently around 30-35°C.Mostly low, flat to rolling plain with mountains in the south-central interior rising to 2,524m at Piduruthalagala.The short visit visa may be extended up to 90 days from the date of arrival at the first instance and further 90 days at the second instance.
Extensions beyond this are at the discretion of the department, and incur a LKR15,000 fee plus the extension fee. Kandy makes a good alternative to Colombo because it’s not as busy.
NOTE: Bandaranaike International Airport will be closed from am to pm daily from 6 January to 6 April 2017 due to runway resurfacing work.
Visa charges are $15 for SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan) and $30 for others. The number should exactly match the machine-readable section of your passport, and not anything else (for example, Russian passports have a non-alphanumeric number sign that should be completely excluded). Then you wait 30 minutes or so while your passport works its way through the system and is returned to you. You will need your passport, and maybe onward ticket a credit card or foreign exchange receipts.
IMPORTANT: As of February 2015, immigration authorities at Colombo airport are very demanding with respect to the accuracy of the passport number on your electronic travel authorization obtained online. Extensions can be made at the Department of Immigration (011-532 9300; 41 Ananda Rajakaruna Mw, Col 10; M-F -), in Punchi Borella, Colombo. ( as of 01/16) The department sets the cost in US dollars, but you pay in rupees. Tourist visas for India can be obtained at the High Commission of India (242 1605; [email protected]; 36-38 Galle Rd, Col 3).
But while most of the people in Colombo can speak English, don't expect everyone, everywhere to be able to speak it fluently.
In the beach and tourist areas you will have no problem with English.
If your country doesn’t have a Sri Lanka Overseas Mission please contact the 24 hour emigration hotline on 0094 719 967 888. You can download the visa-extension form from the website you got your ETA or get one on arrival. Someone comes out periodically and calls the next token numbers to be processed. Return to your seat (if you're lucky) and wait for your number to display on the screen above the counter nearby. Take these to the payment counter opposite, pay fee hand over documents and get fee receipt.
However, The Department maintains a no refund policy on your visa application fees. If a referral notice is given, you will be deported. Once again wait for your number to show on the same screen as before.
A single digit mistake is taken as a reason to force you to buy a new visa and refer you to some obscure government office in Colombo for refunds of your online payments. A visa extension gives you a full three months in the country and you can apply for your extension almost as soon as you arrive (the 30-day visa given upon entry is included in the three months). The cost of a six-month visa depends on your nationality, and you’ll need to supply two photos.