Every year more than 40% of Australian citizens travel abroad and most of them are there to enjoy a rich vacation in countries that offers an adventure or an unforgettable experience. For this reason, Sri Lanka is among the most visited destinations for having incredible and colorful celebrations like the “first rice festival” where all the farmers of the island make a tribute to the Sun God Suriyapakaran. Australians also enjoy Duruthu Full Moon Poya day, which is a festival in honor of the first visit of the Buddha to Sri Lanka. Without a doubt, November, December, and January are the most festive months in Sri Lanka and ideal for Australian citizens because it coincides with the dates of vacation.
However, when organizing your trip to this beautiful destination, you should take into account that an Electronic Travel Authorization is required if you are visiting Sri Lanka for the first time. Therefore, our team will give you useful information so you can be easily approved when you decide to travel to Sri Lanka.
Insider tips for Australian travelers when going to Sri Lanka
All Australian travelers must have an eTA to Sri Lanka, which is an authorization that allows any Australian citizen to enter the country for 30 days for tourism or business purposes. This is due to an agreement between both countries which guarantees maximum security for its citizens and allows them to keep up successful relations for all travelers.
To get the eTA to Sri Lanka every Australian citizen must have a valid passport (originated in Australia) to go ahead with the online application. From the comfort of your home or office, you can fill out the form with your details, passport number and reason for travel. Similarly, make the payment with your credit card, on the costs of the procedure. Finally wait for the confirmation of approval in your email, which does not take more than 72 hours to arrive, often the response is immediate.
Australian citizens should take into account that it is considered a business trip if you are going to an event in which you have been invited by a company or if you are going to take part in a conference. On the other hand, there is also the electronic transit travel authorization and it is used when you are going to spend less than 72 hours in the country. It is special when the destination of your trip is a country other than Sri Lanka, but your airline stops in the country. The authorization, in that case, allows you to leave the airport freely, as long as you comply with your travel itinerary.
Even if you plan your trip to Sri Lanka months ahead, an eTA to Sri Lanka is valid for 90 days from the date it is issued, so you can make reservations and create your travel itinerary, taking into account the gaps between your travel date and the validity of the authorization. It is also important that your passport is valid for the duration of your visit to Sri Lanka.
Interesting facts about Sri Lanka
Probably you doubt how to communicate being in Sri Lanka if its official languages are Sinhala and Tamil, nevertheless, this paradisiacal island also dominates English, reason why in its commercial establishments, hotels, and restaurants you will be able to express yourself easily.
It is the only country in the world where the king-size coconut exists, it is known as thembilim. This fruit has not been altered in any way and its size is impressive, something you will really like to try.
The Australian citizens with an eTA to Sri Lanka will be able to meet the 8 UNESCO heritages that are in the country, among the most striking are the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the sacred city of Kandy and the natural reserves like Sinharaja and Highlands.
Despite being an island, Sri Lanka has the highest density of protected elephants in national parks such as Yala or Udawalawe, about six thousand elephants in total.
You will fall in love with their mixture of religions as you will find Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Hindus, all living together respectfully in one place, something wonderful to learn.