SL imposes tougher visa sanctions on N. Koreans: Report

28 September 2017 04:34 pm - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Sri Lanka recently imposed enhanced visa restrictions for North Koreans entering the country in compliance with the U.N. Security Council's sanctions against North Korea's nuclear and missile development, the South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

According to its implementation report for Resolution 2321, sent to the Security Council on Sept. 15, the Sri Lankan government said it has imposed stringent visa requirements on all North Korean nationals who wish to enter the country.

"North Korean nationals are thus no longer eligible to apply for visas through Sri Lanka's online Electronic Travel Authorization system," the report said.
In addition, the immigration and emigration authorities were ordered to ensure that North Korean individuals on the sanctions list are not permitted to enter Sri Lanka, the report said.The authorities were also requested to exercise vigilance when North Koreans request to enter the country, even for transit purposes, according to the report.

Moreover, all Sri Lankan missions and posts overseas have been instructed to refer all North Korean visa requests to the government for vetting, the report said.

The Security Council adopted Resolution 2321 in November last year against the North's fifth nuclear test in September.

  Comments - 3

  • kassa Thursday, 28 September 2017 09:04 PM

    I don't think any North Korean will be visiting Sri Lanka. They don't even have energy or money to move even within North Korea.

    Hiran Shanaka Thursday, 28 September 2017 09:16 PM

    This is the exact treatment we Sri Lankans get from most of the countries, when we apply for visas. Just wonder is it due to an unknown UN sanctions against Sri Lankans as well.

    Ahmed Thursday, 28 September 2017 09:48 PM

    why other countries dont lift strict visa policies on sl in compliance with the u.n ? sri lanka is a commonwealth country and still owns 1 of the top 10 worst passports in the world. traveling with sri lankan passport is a nightmare

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