Sri Lanka is a country of absolute exotics – this is how you can call a small island located in the Indian Ocean. Of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, eight are located on this amazing island. Sri Lanka is an ancient country with a rich history and deep traditions, it is the world center of Buddhism with magnificent monuments of this world religion. Thanks to the deep penetration of Buddhism into the worldview of the islanders, an atmosphere of unsurpassed peace reigns here. The philosophy of religion completely permeates the life of the people of Sri Lanka. The art cherished over the centuries and the temples, treasuries, monasteries, statues and gigantic deities created with inspiration still retain the spirit of reverence and mystery, and the reservoirs and irrigation systems built by human hands many years ago still surpass modern technical devices. But not only the historical heritage forms the notorious exotic.
Once having been here, you will never forget these endlessly golden sandy beaches, cozy resort towns and friendly Sri Lankans. Memory draws scenes of what he saw, ancient cities lost in the jungle, the ruins of palaces and temples, the last inhabitants of which, long-tailed monkeys, posed in front of the camera lens. There is hardly another country in the world where, on such a small piece of land in the middle of the ocean, you can see so many extraordinary, beautiful things from the history of the people and the nature of the island, and about which the famous traveler of the 12th century Marco Polo wrote that Sri Lanka – the most beautiful island in the whole world!
Citizens of the Republic of Belarus need a visa to visit Sri Lanka for tourism purposes. A visa to Sri Lanka for Belarusians can be obtained in three ways:
- At the airport of Sri Lanka upon arrival (most often used by tourists); If tourists arrive in Sri Lanka without a pre-issued ETA, they will have to go through the collection process at the airport. Cost – 40 USD per person, for children under 12 years old – free of charge. In this regard, we recommend that you issue an ETA in advance through the “on-line” system for faster and more comfortable passage through passport control.
- At the Consulate of Sri Lanka in Moscow
- By obtaining an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. It is necessary to issue an electronic entry permit ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before departure (approximately 24 hours) on the website of the Sri Lanka Migration Service.
The cost of self-issuing a visa is 35 USD. Children under 12 are free.
If necessary, the received visa can be extended for up to 2 (two) months beyond the 30 days already received by the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
A positive decision to extend a visa can only be made if there are justified reasons.
Documents required for visa-free entry with ETA to Sri Lanka:
- Passport (valid for at least sixmonths from the date of departure from Sri Lanka)
- Return ticket with a fixed date of departure
- Travel service voucher
- Migration card completed in English (available on the plane or at the border)
- Cash at the rate of $25-$50 per day of stay in the country
- The presence of the owner’s signature in the passport
- Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of departure from Sri Lanka
- Children under 14 years of age may have their own passport or must be entered in their parents’ passport. Children over 6 years old entered in the passport must have a photo pasted
- The passports of citizens of Uzbekistan must have a stamp of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (permission to travel abroad)
Information about embassies
Information about the Embassy of the Republic of Sri Lanka in Moscow
Embassy address: Moscow, Shchepkina street, 24, building 1
Consulate address: Moscow, Shchepkina street, 24, building 1
E-mail: lankaemb @com2com.ru Maintenance
working hours: from 09:00 to 16:45 Monday – Friday (lunch break 13:00 – 14:00)
Information about the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka
Embassy of the Russian Federation,
62 Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo-7, Sri-Lanka
Phones: (8-10-941) 57-4959, 57-3555 Fax
: (8-10-941) 574957
E -mail: [email protected]
8 THINGS TO DO IN SRI LANKA
- Bow to the main relic of the country in August during the famous procession of the Kandy Yesala Perahera holiday in Kandy.
- See the ficus of King Edward VII or the iron tree of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, as well as the spruce planted by Y. Gagarin in the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya.
- Touch the oldest sacred Bo tree on Earth (“Buddha tree”), which is surrounded by a golden fence in the courtyard of one of the temples of the Anuradhapura complex – vihara. Its offshoot was brought here from India in the 3rd century BC. BC e.
- Make sure for yourself that in the Dambulla cave, water flows up the walls and, accumulating on the ceiling, falls down into a golden bowl.
- In the suburbs of Colombo, visit the largest zoo on the continent, Dehiwala Zoo.
- Soak up the spicy aroma of all kinds of spices by visiting the unique “Spice Garden” in the vicinity of Kandy.
- In the town of Batticaloa, “performances” of singing fish regularly take place, which can be heard in calm and calm weather from mid-spring to early autumn.
- Explore stunning surroundings from the dizzyingly high ‘Doomsday’ cliff on the Horton Plateau.