How Nigerians Can Get a Visa to Sri Lanka
Learn how Nigerians can get a visa to Sri Lanka following all the information laid out in this article. We provide all the necessary requirements for a visa.
About Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an island country located in the Indian Ocean, south of India. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo are its capitals, and the official languages are Sinhala, Tamil, and English. It is popular for its old Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and decorations.
Sri Lanka is a subtropical country; rain can be expected at any time of the year in different parts of the country. However, the two significant rainy seasons are the North-East monsoon (October to January) and the South-West monsoon (May to July). Its different landscapes span from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. Sri Lanka is one of 25 diverse hotspots in the world.
Types of Visa to Sri Lanka
Several visa types can be granted to travelers who wish to get into Sri Lanka. Getting a Visa is majorly based on the purpose of traveling. There are majorly two categories these visa types fall under:
1. Visit Visa: Tourist Business Transit
2. Resident visa: These types of tickets are granted for the following purposes:
- Religious purpose
- Investor Category
- Family Members of a Sri Lankan
- Diplomatic and Official Visa
- My Dream Home Visa Program
- Resident Guest Visa Program
Below is a list of necessary documents you would need to apply for a Sri Lanka business visa.
1. Visa application form filled and signed.
2. Recent passport-sized photographs which capture the entire face with a bright background are needed.
3. International passport with validity goes beyond the expected return date, with at least two blank pages.
4. Copy of the passport data sheet (page on which the photo is located).
5. Copies of your previous visas (if any); will prove that you’ve had past travel experience.
6. A cover letter must be provided which states the reason for the visit and schedules.
7. Flight schedules with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Sri Lanka.
8. Evidence of health insurance covering foreign travel.
9. Hotel reservation/ accommodation information for the duration of the intended stay.
10. Proof of your civil status (birth certificate of children, marriage certificate, and death certificate of spouse if necessary).
11. Proof of legitimate stay (if the application is not presented in the applicant’s home country).
12. Evidence of enough financial means for the duration of the visit.
13. If you are getting financial support from a host or other sponsor in the country, their bank statement will have to be provided. Please note that your host’s invitation letter should expressly state the types of assistance they will be providing (financial, accommodations, feeding, transportation, etc.).
14. An original business letter, signed by the inviting company on the organization’s letter headed paper. The letter must provide information about the reason for traveling, specifying the type of Visa and the needed sustainability of the Visa.
15. Evidence of past trade relations between the two companies, if such document is available.
16. Certificate of employment if the candidate is employed because it is necessary.
17. Please submit evidence of your retirement fund if you are retired.
18. A certificate from your employer granting your business permission to travel if you are employed.
19. Trade register extract or something like that (for self-employed).
20. Bank statement for the past three months to prove the client has a steady flow of income.
21. Proof of group travel (if you are traveling in a group).
22. Trade License (first issued and present renewal).
23. Visa fees because Visa is not free
According to each case, the competent embassy may request additional documents.
Where to Go
Sri Lankan High Commission Abuja, Nigeria
Address: Plot No. 1346, Cadastral Zone A05 Maitama Extension, Off Mamman Nasir Street, Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: (+234) 9 2916 439, (+234) 9 2916 442
Email: [email protected]
You can call or visit the Sri Lankan embassy in Nigeria for further information and all types of visas.
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