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bobh
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 15:48 on 20th Dec 2011

Joined: 10:45 on 3rd Aug 2008
Posts: 16
Guess what!

http://www.eta.gov.lk/ now says
"The ETA system will be effective from midnight of 31st December 2011 and those obtaining visa thereafter are requested to do so via the ETA system by paying the relevant processing fee. However, there will be no processing fee applicable on those who obtained visa via ETA prior to 01st January 2012 provided they arrive within the visa validity period. A facility is provided for those who arrive without obtaining visa through ETA after 31st December 2011, to obtain an on arrival visa by paying the relevant ETA processing fee."
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GMH2
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 17:12 on 20th Dec 2011

Joined: 10:48 on 22nd Aug 2011
Posts: 105
Just spoke to the lad in the visa dept at Trailfinders who I use for my Inidan and Chinese visas . His thoughts - 'Its a total shambles. TODAY is supposed to be the first day that it is up and running and the site is continually going down'.
When I asked if the 'valid of ETA' date which I had been given was the date when it starts from or expires on, he said that he had'nt got a clue !

His advise was to wait until the New Year when everything had settled down.
Trailfinders are good people and the lad was sound, but if they dont know......
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swifty
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 19:53 on 20th Dec 2011

Joined: 13:32 on 1st Dec 2011
Posts: 57
There seem to be a couple of possibilities here.

The first is that the current shambles is down to the notorious ineptitude of SL bureaucracy. If you donated them a house and a dozen ladies of ill-repute, they would probably struggle to run an effective knocking shop. At least without forms being filled in in triplicate.

The second is that it may be more than just coincidence that the online ETA application thing continues to be as much use as a one-legged man at an arse-kicking competition while it remains free to use.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if it suddenly starts working properly from January 1 when people have to pay for it.

Call me a cynical old sod if you like (cue huge chorus of "You're a cynical old sod, swifty"), but I suspect there's more to this than somebody in Colombo failing to ring IT and being told to turn it off and then turn it back on again.
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GMH2
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 12:18 on 21st Dec 2011

Joined: 10:48 on 22nd Aug 2011
Posts: 105
swifty Wrote:
There seem to be a couple of possibilities here.

The first is that the current shambles is down to the notorious ineptitude of SL bureaucracy. If you donated them a house and a dozen ladies of ill-repute, they would probably struggle to run an effective knocking shop. At least without forms being filled in in triplicate.

The second is that it may be more than just coincidence that the online ETA application thing continues to be as much use as a one-legged man at an arse-kicking competition while it remains free to use.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if it suddenly starts working properly from January 1 when people have to pay for it.

Call me a cynical old sod if you like (cue huge chorus of "You're a cynical old sod, swifty"), but I suspect there's more to this than somebody in Colombo failing to ring IT and being told to turn it off and then turn it back on again.


I love your conspiracy theory but I dont think they anything like that astute mate :D
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asteve
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:04 on 22nd Dec 2011

Joined: 17:09 on 15th May 2008
Posts: 158
It's been reported in local papers that they expect it all 2 b workin by march, until then, who TF knows.
Steve.
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Crickbar
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 19:13 on 22nd Dec 2011

Joined: 11:41 on 6th Nov 2011
Posts: 23
No reply from the authorities to my emails, will see how things are come Feb.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 20:18 on 22nd Dec 2011

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2151
Location: Preston UK
asteve Wrote:
It's been reported in local papers that they expect it all 2 b workin by march, until then, who TF knows.
Steve.


Did they mention a year ?
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bobh
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:43 on 23rd Dec 2011

Joined: 10:45 on 3rd Aug 2008
Posts: 16
Success!!!
We submitted applications for ETAs (individual) through
http://www.eta.gov.lk/etaslvisa/etaNavServ?payType=1
on 20th Dec. It didn't require any payment.
What was fun was that you have to set your country of residence and of birth using a drop-down. You can't just type it in. And guess what? Ther's no UK or United Kingdom (or England) in the drop-down list. We hesitated between entering "United States of America Outlying Islands" and "British Citizen" and selected the latter.
We both got email acknowledgements saying the status could only be checked after 24 hours.
On 22nd Dec, the status of both applications was "pending".
This morning (23rd) we both received emails: "ETA APPROVAL NOTICE - We are pleased to inform that your application for ETA has been approved" quoting an ETA number, "Validity of ETA: 21/03/2012" and "This ETA allows you entry in to Sri Lanka for the purpose mentioned in your application. Please produce your passport together with return air ticket and proof of sufficient funds to the Immigration officer at the port of entry in Sri Lanka. You may be granted 30 days visa on arrival."
:D
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Ash02
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:55 on 23rd Dec 2011

Joined: 17:41 on 14th Jan 2009
Posts: 209
Location: Hull - Yorkshire
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Success!!!
We submitted applications for ETAs (individual) through
http://www.eta.gov.lk/etaslvisa/etaNavServ?payType=1
on 20th Dec. It didn't require any payment.
What was fun was that you have to set your country of residence and of birth using a drop-down. You can't just type it in. And guess what? Ther's no UK or United Kingdom (or England) in the drop-down list. We hesitated between entering "United States of America Outlying Islands" and "British Citizen" and selected the latter.
We both got email acknowledgements saying the status could only be checked after 24 hours.
On 22nd Dec, the status of both applications was "pending".
This morning (23rd) we both received emails: "ETA APPROVAL NOTICE - We are pleased to inform that your application for ETA has been approved" quoting an ETA number, "Validity of ETA: 21/03/2012" and "This ETA allows you entry in to Sri Lanka for the purpose mentioned in your application. Please produce your passport together with return air ticket and proof of sufficient funds to the Immigration officer at the port of entry in Sri Lanka. You may be granted 30 days visa on arrival."


Fingers crossed that mine goes through OK then. What i struggled with, how do they inform you as there was nowhere to input our email address?

Ash
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Ash02
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:57 on 23rd Dec 2011

Joined: 17:41 on 14th Jan 2009
Posts: 209
Location: Hull - Yorkshire
Ignore it! You can check status by putting code in. Always read all the information!
Thanks
Ash
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