Journalist Visa

Prior visas must be obtained by Journalists/media personnel who expect to visit Sri Lanka on an assignment. In addition to the visa application form, they are required to submit a list of equipment that they intend to take to Sri Lanka on the prescribed form. Journalists are advised to apply for visas well in advance, as the Embassy needs clearance from the authorities in Colombo to issue visas for them.

Media Accreditation will not be recommended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for any media personnel arriving in Sri Lanka on tourist visas, or those who obtain their visas on arrival. Please visit for more details.

Public Communications Division

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

+94 112 473 944
+94 112 437 633
+94 112 473 946

[email protected]
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Public Communications Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic Building
Colombo 1
Sri Lanka


  1. Duly filled Application for Business Visa – See Downloads Page
  2. Original Passport (minimum validity of 6 months beyond the period of stay)
  3. Two recent passport-size color photographs
  4. A letter of commission from respective media organization (For freelance journalists, a letter from the Editor of a reputed publication)
  5. Equipment list for electronic media along with a carnet or bank guarantee for customs purpose
  6. Confirmation is required of the travel arrangements, copy of return air ticket or flight itinerary obtained from a Travel Agent
  7. Letter of undertaking that the equipment are re-exported
  8. Relevant Visa fee

Producing a film/documentary in Sri Lanka

In addition to the above, visiting media for documentary and feature films should fulfill the following special requirements.

Media teams coming to Sri Lanka for the filming of documentaries/feature films are required to complete the National Film Corporation Agreement (Download the agreement here) and submit it along with the synopsis of the documentary/feature film, the itinerary of the media team in Sri Lanka as well as locations of filming. Since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs at least seven (07) working days to obtain permission from the National Film Corporation, such media teams are advised to submit the necessary documents to this Embassy well in advance prior to their scheduled departure.


Special requirements

  1. Company profile
  2. Letter from the Institution/Organization
  3. Programme profile
  4. Synopsis
  5. Script of the film/programme
  6. List of the crew with the titles
  7. Carnet – List of equipment
  8. Letter of assurance stating carnet will be re-exported after filming
  9. Locations of filming
  10. Detailed programme with dates & locations
  11. Agreement signed with the National Film Corporation, Sri Lanka
  12. Letter from Sri Lankan Counterpart
  13. Letter from the Broadcasting Company/TV Channel confirming the telecast of the film/programme
  14. Visa applications (Business visa)
  15. Passports
  16. Copy of the return air ticket

General Requirements for Sri Lankan Visas

Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration may grant or issue a visa to you if

  • Sri Lanka Immigration & Emigration is satisfied that you are suitable to enter Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka Immigration & Emigration approves the purpose for which you are entering Sri Lanka.
  • You hold a passport valid for a minimum period of six months from the date you arrive in Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka Immigration & Emigration is satisfied that you have adequate funds for your maintenance whilst in Sri Lanka and for the payment of your return passage to the country which issued your passport.
  • You are in possession of a written assurance (ticket) to return to the country of domicile or a visa to the next country of destination if you are a visit visa holder.

Who is eligible for Visa Excemptions?

  • Sri Lankan dual citizens.
  • Children up to 21 years of age whose birth has been registered under section 5(2) of Citizenship Act – 1948
  • Children born in Sri Lanka for Sri Lankan parents under 21 years of age.