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swifty
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 17:41 on 9th Dec 2011

Joined: 13:32 on 1st Dec 2011
Posts: 57
GMH2 Wrote:
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' !


:lol: Spot on mate. I remember it all too painfully.

I was getting exactly the same thing when I tracked mine online as well. I've just emailed them asking when I might expect a response. Their reply is doubtless ...errrr.... pending. :roll:
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swifty
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 00:22 on 10th Dec 2011

Joined: 13:32 on 1st Dec 2011
Posts: 57
Just seen the message I'm pasting below on another forum. The bit about the ETA not functioning until December 15 may explain why so many of us are "pending."

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I received a letter this week from Mercury Direct travel company who I have booked our trip with.It states that passengers who are travelling between 01/01/12 - 31/3/12 have a possiblity of obtaining a their visa free of charge provided they do the following.

forward the following details before 31/12/11.

Full passenger names{ as per passport]

Passport No

Nationality

D.O.B

You email all the above info to contvisa@immigration.gov.lk

You must also print a copy of the email and take it with you.

Or you can fill the same details online WWW.eta.gov.lk. The online site will not be operational until 15/12/11.

If you do not do either before 31/12/11 you will have to obtain a visa when you arrive by paying a fee of $25 per person.
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Crickbar
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 15:00 on 11th Dec 2011

Joined: 11:41 on 6th Nov 2011
Posts: 23
What a polava! After reading all this, I've decided no harm in applying as it's not asking for a payment at the moment.
As with the others also, I have just got the standard receipt email with a reference number. Suppose if I save $20, that's a bit more spending when I'm there.
Guess we'll all have to see the situation come the new year.
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GMH2
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 12:33 on 13th Dec 2011

Joined: 10:48 on 22nd Aug 2011
Posts: 109
Right, I have had an email saying that my ETA has been approved. However, it says 'Validity of ETA: 13/03/2012' which I guess means that it expires on that date.......which means I will have to reapply as I dont travel until 23rd March.
Never easy is it ? :lol:
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Ash02
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 11:45 on 13th Dec 2011

Joined: 17:41 on 14th Jan 2009
Posts: 209
Location: Hull - Yorkshire
GMH2 Wrote:
Right, I have had an email saying that my ETA has been approved. However, it says 'Validity of ETA: 13/03/2012' which I guess means that it expires on that date.......which means I will have to reapply as I dont travel until 23rd March.


Email sent yesterday with details on. How long did it take for them to come back to you please?
Ash
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GMH2
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 12:59 on 13th Dec 2011

Joined: 10:48 on 22nd Aug 2011
Posts: 109
I sent application last week.
I am unsure if 'validity'means that is the date which it is valid from or valid until ?
I have sent an email to the 'controller' who is the contact email address.
Every time I travel to the sub continent I get this bollox with visas !

Apparently, you can still get ETA at the airport if I am reading the website properly.Dont quote me on that though !
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mp..
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:09 on 13th Dec 2011

Joined: 17:02 on 3rd Aug 2008
Posts: 188
just checked my 'status' & it says 'in principle approved'.....WTF!
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GMH2
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:27 on 13th Dec 2011

Joined: 10:48 on 22nd Aug 2011
Posts: 109
Yeah ,mine says that. What have they put for your validity of ETA date ?
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Crickbar
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:27 on 13th Dec 2011

Joined: 11:41 on 6th Nov 2011
Posts: 23
GMH2 Wrote:
Right, I have had an email saying that my ETA has been approved. However, it says 'Validity of ETA: 13/03/2012' which I guess means that it expires on that date.......which means I will have to reapply as I dont travel until 23rd March.
Never easy is it ? :lol:


Have had exactly the same, a bit confusing really as I'm arriving on the 22nd (the day before you). I'll also ask the question on whether this is valid or not. If not, then maybe re apply after 22nd Dec? Can you keep us informed if you get a reply? I will do likewise. :roll:
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mp..
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 14:44 on 13th Dec 2011

Joined: 17:02 on 3rd Aug 2008
Posts: 188
GMH2 Wrote:
Yeah ,mine says that. What have they put for your validity of ETA date ?



I only checked my status, haven't had an email back from them, so I don't know about an ETA date.
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