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Navigating New Horizons: Sri Lanka’s Updated Visa Options for Digital Nomads


At colive.me, we’ve been in close dialogue with Sri Lankan authorities since 2019, tirelessly advocating for a Digital Nomad Visa to cater to the unique lifestyles of digital nomads. Our journey involved numerous discussions, presenting ideas, and collaborating with various governmental bodies. While the specific Digital Nomad Visa has yet to materialize, Sri Lanka introduced exciting new visa alternatives starting from April 17, 2024, which adapt to modern travel needs.




Understanding Sri Lanka's New Visa Framework

As of the recent changes, the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is no longer valid. Sri Lanka has revamped its visa process, detailed on their new website [Sri Lanka eVisa](https://www.srilankaevisa.lk/). Here's a breakdown of the key visa options available:



Tourist Visa Options:

  • Basic Visa: 30 days, simple online application process.

  • Standard Visitor Visa: Valid for six months with a maximum stay of 60 days per visit, allowing double entry. This is ideal for those planning short trips to nearby destinations like India or the Maldives before returning.

  • 1-Year Tourist Visa: Costs $200 USD, allowing multiple entries with each stay capped at 90 days.

  • 2-Year Tourist Visa: Priced at $300 USD, permitting multiple entries with stays up to 180 days.

  • 5-Year Tourist Visa: Available for $500 USD, this option also allows multiple entries with each stay limited to 180 days.

  • 10-Year Tourist Visa: For a fee of $1000 USD, enjoy multiple entries with 180 days per visit.


For longer stays (one year and beyond), applicants need to provide:

  1. Passport bio page.

  2. An invitation letter from a sponsor.

  3. A travel plan/itinerary.

Please visit the official website for more detailed requirements.


Note on Employment Restrictions:

Tourist visas do not permit employment within Sri Lankan companies or in roles like yoga instruction, surfing coaching, or volunteer work. However, the regulations for digital nomads—those whose income originates from outside Sri Lanka—are not explicitly restrictive, allowing for remote work.


Business Visa Options:

The structure for business visas mirrors that of tourist visas in terms of duration and cost but is designed for those looking to engage in business-related activities such as:

- Attending meetings, seminars, or conferences.

- Participating in short-term training, art, music, and dance events.

- Attending religious events and symposiums.

Long-term business visas require:

  1. Passport bio page.

  2. A letter of invitation from a hosting company.

  3. A travel plan/itinerary.


Transit Visa:

If you’re transiting through Sri Lanka for less than four days, a $25 USD transit visa is available, which is generally manageable at the airport. It's advisable to confirm this in advance to avoid any inconvenience.




Recommendations for Digital Nomads at colive.me

For digital nomads unsure about the duration of their stay in Sri Lanka, the average residency at colive.me varies from 1 to 3 months. We recommend opting for the 1-year or, for extended stays, the 2-year tourist visa. If you book with us for more than a month, we can assist as your sponsor, although we will need to inquire about your source of income to ensure compliance with local laws.


For further assistance and a smoother transition into your new nomadic base in Sri Lanka, reach out to us at hi@colive.me. Please note, while we are not visa agents, we strive to assist our guests as part of our extended family in making your stay seamless and enjoyable.


At colive.me, we’re more than just a co-living space; we’re your gateway to exploring Sri Lanka while seamlessly integrating work and leisure.

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