Any prospective foreign student should obtain the entry visa prior to arrive in Sri Lanka and should obtain the residence visa (Education) within 30 days of arrival to study/ teach/research in Sri Lanka. The same is applied for visiting scholars and research fellows. Please note that tourist/visit visa would not permit you to obtain the residence visa upon arrival. In order for that the International students/ Faculty may contact the International Office, University of Colombo, and should furnish the below mentioned documents through the respective faculty/institute leaving 3 months for the visa process. The exchange students may directly contact the International Office with the documents, 3 months prior to the arrival. Please note that the International Office of University of Colombo shall obtain the prior approvals and send it to the applicant, so he /she may apply for the Entry visa as per the guidelines given therein at the Sri Lankan, Mission in his/her country of residence (during the time of application).


Prior approval for Entry Visa

  • Scanned bio page of the passport
  • If the applicant is in a foreign country, Scanned Residence visa page of the passport for the country that you are currently residing in
  • Security clearance issued by country of residence of the applicant
  • Letter of admission/invitation
  • Payment for prior approval of visa issued by Dept. of Immigration, Sri Lanka: 750 LKR
  • Visa payment at the respective Sri Lankan Embassy in your country
  • Or payment for the landing permit, when the Sri Lankan Diplomatic missions are not available in your country

Residence visa (upon arrival in Sri Lanka)

  • Scanned bio page of the passport
  • Duly filled IM 35 Residence visa application form
  • 2 originals of duly filled visa application forms
  • Photocopy of the passport
  • 2 color photographs (size 35mm X 45mm)
  • Letter of admission/ invitation
  • Encashment receipts to the value of US$ 1500/- per year per person
  • Mandatory health protection plan upon arrival in Colombo (to be obtained from IHU, Sri Lanka, if Residence Visa is required for more than two months)
  • Visa fee: 20,000 LKR per person per year.

Should you need any concerns, please feel free to contact the International Office.