ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජයේ තානාපති කාර්යාලය

இலங்கை ஜனநாயக சோசலிச குடியரசின் தூதரகம்

Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka



Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Consular Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-11:30am
Emergency Contact Number: +86 10 65321861/2

Visa for Journalists & Media Personnel

Sri Lanka has longstanding democratic traditions, and respects the freedom of speech & expression. In keeping with this spirit, journalists & media personnel are welcome to visit Sri Lanka.

Guidelines for Visa & Accreditation

  • Media teams are advised to submit visa requests at least 2 weeks in advance of their date of departure.

  • Regulations pertaining to media equipment are strictly enforced by Sri Lanka Customs

  • Visiting journalists & media personnel must obtain a Carnet (a temporary import document) for their media equipment (cameras, etc.), for customs clearance.

  • In the absence of a Carnet, a bank guarantee for the value of the imported media equipment must be submitted.

  • If the visit is sponsored by a state institution, a letter from the institution concerned, guaranteeing that the media equipment will be re-exported, must be provided.

  • Telephone equipment such as satellite phones require a prior license from the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

  • A list of media equipment to be carried by the visiting journalists & media personnel must be sent to the Public Communications Division of the Foreign Ministry, Sri Lanka through the Embassy, to facilitate clearance at airport Customs. A letter of undertaking must also be provided by the media organization, guaranteeing that the media equipment will be re-exported upon the departure of the media personnel.

  • All foreign media personnel working in Sri Lanka must obtain media accreditation. (Media accreditation will not be recommended/granted for any person who travels to Sri Lanka with a tourist visa.)

  • Media personnel must possess the relevant visa, issued by the Embassy, in order to obtain media accreditation.

  • Media accreditation requests submitted to the Embassy are forwarded to the Department of Government Information via the Foreign Ministry, Sri Lanka. Accreditation is provided upon recommendation from the said Ministry.

  • Journalists wishing to obtain media accreditation can visit the Department of Government Information in Colombo.

  • Journalists may contact the Public Communications Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for courtesy meetings, clearance of media equipment, coordination to meet VVIPs, etc.


Guidelines for Shooting Foreign Films in Sri Lanka

  • The filming of all documentaries & feature films (except Tourism Promotional Documentaries & Wildlife Documentaries) requires prior approval from the National Film Corporation (NFC).

  • Media teams must complete & submit the NFC Agreement, a synopsis of the documentary, itinerary of the media team while in Sri Lanka, and filming locations.

  • Media teams intending to film Tourism Promotional Documentaries, or participate in FAM tour, must complete the Application “Selection Criteria for Journalists/TV Crews for FAM Tours” (download here)

  • Prior approval from the Department of Wildlife Conservation is necessary to film in Protected Areas. The “Application for Filming in Wildlife Protected Areas” (download here) form must be completed and submitted.

Required Documents

  • Completed Visa Application Form DOWNLOAD HERE

  • Completed Journalist Declaration- Annex A DOWNLOAD HERE

  • Current Passport (valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival)

  • Two recent passport-sized (3.5cm x 4.5cm) photographs

  • Confirmed travel itinerary

  • Credentials

  • List of equipment to be cleared by Sri Lanka Customs on arrival

  • Letter of Invitation by Sri Lankan authorities (if applicable)

Application for visa should be submitted at least 5 working days prior to date of departure.


Payment Details


ETA Processing Fee

Visa Fee

SAARC Countries

China & Other Countries

China & Other Countries

Double Entry, 30 Days

USD 30

USD 40


Single Entry, 90 Days

USD 30

USD 40

Country Fee*

Double Entry, 90 Days

USD 30

USD 40

Twice the Country Fee*

Multiple Entry, 90 Days

USD 30

USD 40

Thrice the Country Fee*

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