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swifty
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 15:20 on 6th Dec 2011

Joined: 13:32 on 1st Dec 2011
Posts: 57
When I wrote the email to the High Commission in London last week, I also sent exactly the same one to the authorities in Sri Lanka.

And guess what? Yep, they have now emailed back with exactly the opposite answer to the one I got from London, saying that I need to fill an ETA in as soon as possible. :roll:

Just to be on the safe side, I have just filled it in here www.eta.gov.lk/visainfo/center.jsp and it seems to have gone through okay without them asking me for any money. I've had a thing with a reference number confirming they've received it and saying I should have an answer in the next 24 hours.

I wish they'd make their bloody minds up. :evil:
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GeorgethePodge
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 15:32 on 6th Dec 2011

Joined: 00:10 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1167
swifty Wrote:
When I wrote the email to the High Commission in London last week, I also sent exactly the same one to the authorities in Sri Lanka.

And guess what? Yep, they have now emailed back with exactly the opposite answer to the one I got from London, saying that I need to fill an ETA in as soon as possible. :roll:

Just to be on the safe side, I have just filled it in here www.eta.gov.lk/visainfo/center.jsp and it seems to have gone through okay without them asking me for any money. I've had a thing with a reference number confirming they've received it and saying I should have an answer in the next 24 hours.

I wish they'd make their bloody minds up. :evil:



keep us posted Swifty
how did yer get round the "fee"?
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swifty
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 15:43 on 6th Dec 2011

Joined: 13:32 on 1st Dec 2011
Posts: 57
The website didn't give me the option to pay a fee :D I just filled my details in and pressed the submit button and then it went straight to a page giving me this, which I've also since received by email - and a text to my mobile confirming my reference number (I've XXXXd my details out for obvious reasons).

Will keep you posted with developments.

Dear MR XXXXXXXXXXXXX,

Your ETA application to visit Sri Lanka has been received.

Your reference number is XXXXXXXXXXX.

You will receive a response for your application within 24 hours.

You may make inquiries only after 24 hours of submission of your ETA application.

For inquiries
Telephone : 0094719967888
Fax : 0094112674631
E-mail : contvisa@immigration.gov.lk
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 15:18 on 6th Dec 2011

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
Posts: 387
Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
Just to be clear, you don't need one if you're only going for a week, right?
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GeorgethePodge
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 18:52 on 6th Dec 2011

Joined: 00:10 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1167
swifty Wrote:
The website didn't give me the option to pay a fee :D I just filled my details in and pressed the submit button and then it went straight to a page giving me this, which I've also since received by email - and a text to my mobile confirming my reference number (I've XXXXd my details out for obvious reasons).

Will keep you posted with developments.

Dear MR XXXXXXXXXXXXX,

Your ETA application to visit Sri Lanka has been received.

Your reference number is XXXXXXXXXXX.

You will receive a response for your application within 24 hours.

You may make inquiries only after 24 hours of submission of your ETA application.

For inquiries
Telephone : 0094719967888
Fax : 0094112674631
E-mail : contvisa@immigration.gov.lk



done
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ThePondFence
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 19:05 on 6th Dec 2011

Joined: 20:03 on 29th Jan 2011
Posts: 56
A word of warning here. ETA's are only valid for three months from date of issue - you may have problems when you get to SL if it has expired. That's why I was saying request it late December.
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swifty
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 19:18 on 6th Dec 2011

Joined: 13:32 on 1st Dec 2011
Posts: 57
The impression I've had from the incredibly complicated left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing dealings with them so far is that if you get an ETA before December 31 and pitch up there before March 31 next year, everything will be fine. The ETA isn't a visa - it's just an authorisation to travel and I have an email from the SLHC in London saying I don't need one anyway. Anyway, they have my arrival date on my ETA application.

Mind you, there's no telling how many more times they are going to move the goalposts again between now and March. I'll wait and see what transpires over the next 24 hours or so.

If only everything in life was this simple... :?
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GMH2
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 12:21 on 9th Dec 2011

Joined: 10:48 on 22nd Aug 2011
Posts: 88
swifty Wrote:
The impression I've had from the incredibly complicated left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing dealings with them so far is that if you get an ETA before December 31 and pitch up there before March 31 next year, everything will be fine. The ETA isn't a visa - it's just an authorisation to travel and I have an email from the SLHC in London saying I don't need one anyway. Anyway, they have my arrival date on my ETA application.

Mind you, there's no telling how many more times they are going to move the goalposts again between now and March. I'll wait and see what transpires over the next 24 hours or so.

If only everything in life was this simple... :?


Have you recieved a confirmation on this mate ? I sent application on wednesday and I have not heard back ?
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swifty
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 14:12 on 9th Dec 2011

Joined: 13:32 on 1st Dec 2011
Posts: 57
I have received precisely bugger all so far, which is exactly what I expected when I had the email off them saying I would get a response within 24 hours. That was on Tuesday and it's now Friday. My mate also applied on Wednesday and has heard zilch. I'll email them later when I get a minute and chase it up.

I still don't think you need one anyway if you book up before Dec 31, but I'm just doing it as it's free at the moment and as a sort of belt and braces measure in case airport immigration decide to play silly buggers.
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GMH2
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 14:29 on 9th Dec 2011

Joined: 10:48 on 22nd Aug 2011
Posts: 88
I tracked mine on their site and it just says 'pending'. I imagine the word 'pending' being said with that familiar little head wobble which is so popular in SL which means 'I have not got a clue' !
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