Foreign travel advice

Sri Lanka

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Entry requirements

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry and borders

Flights to Sri Lanka have been suspended since 19 March, but some flights are still departing.

Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits.

For information on how to return to the UK from Sri Lanka, see Return to the UK.


No new visas will be issued to British nationals currently outside Sri Lanka, and any British nationals arriving in Sri Lanka are now subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

The visa on arrival service has been suspended as part of the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

If you are already in Sri Lanka, see Staying during coronavirus

Overstaying your visa can attract a fine and possible detention and deportation.

Holders of Resident Visas currently outside Sri Lanka should speak to their nearest Sri Lankan diplomatic mission about arrangements for re-entering.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Sri Lanka.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Sri Lanka.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.