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The Tourist Board information department said today that the online visa fee for entry into Sri Lanka has been revised to USD10 for citizens of SAARC nations and USD20 for citizens of other countries. The revised fee is set to be enforced from 2012 onwards.
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  • kasi Sunday, 13 November 2011 08:27 PM

    Visa fee?.. no more tousist.No more hotel business tourist industry will die. Very good move for economic development

    lal Sunday, 13 November 2011 08:48 PM

    Kuls, you applied too early. It operates from Jan 2012.

    Chandra Sunday, 13 November 2011 10:04 PM

    Give one month free entry visa for all the people. For Sri Lankan origin give free entry visa up to three months.
    No tourist visa be granted beyond three months for foreigners. But for people with Sri Lankan origin should be able to have temporary visa for $300.00 for six months and $1000.00 for one year.

    No tourist visa to be granted for further stay beyond one year. They must leave the country after one year and re-apply when enters the country.

    harry Sunday, 13 November 2011 11:26 PM

    I think the airport departure tax is now included in the airline ticket and it is paid by the airline to respective countries.

    Prasad Monday, 14 November 2011 01:28 AM

    Absolutely right. I was asked to check the website by one of the guys involved in this project and the first thing that I noticed was the numerous spelling errors in the Home page. There were so many spelling problems in other pages as well as many system related minor and major issues. By that time, it has even been shown to diplomats in SL. It was quite evident that the people who had done this had no experience what-so-ever in designing a serious website (+ high security) and took no pains at all just to simply visit similar sites of other countries. And they could have easily employed an editor to go through the contents to correct spellings but haven't done so. And on top of all these, they showed this to the diplomats and started pilot testing by giving the URL to people to check. Silly!

    Prasad Monday, 14 November 2011 01:29 AM

    There is nothing wrong. That's the standard!

    onlooker Monday, 14 November 2011 02:05 AM

    At last sanity prevails, however do our HC's and Embassies have competent people and facilities handle the visa processing.

    silva Monday, 14 November 2011 04:46 AM

    Why should Sri Lanka have to provide a free entry visa....Sri Lankan's have to pay huge sums of money when applying for visa to say US, UK, Europe, Aus etc. We even have to pay for an Indian visa. It's ridiculous!!
    I know we will benefit from more tourists entries, but why can't they pay...it ONLY 20 USD...that's nothing compared to what we have to pay...

    Pemal Herath Sunday, 13 November 2011 07:08 AM

    In a competitive market, it pays to offer tourist visa free for 2 to 4 wks like say Thailand. For tourists (especially those undecided) this is a sure-shot incentive. The state and its people reap benefits in numerous ways as tourists spend. The Govt. is badly mislead here and missed a trick.

    Appuhamy Sunday, 13 November 2011 07:56 AM

    This is our tradition. Make decisions without studying and debating an issue. Spend more public money broadcasting it . When they realize it is wrong or stupid, keep tinkering, to save the embarrassment. Still they don't get it right., Then they revise it again. Everyone is utterly confused. A lesson for lack of cosultation and absence of brains.

    kuls Sunday, 13 November 2011 10:50 AM

    I did apply online 2 weeks ago and recevied mail that within 24 hours i will get a reply,still waiting, What's wrong and who is incharge

    Nodrog Sunday, 13 November 2011 10:54 AM

    we should check with India before making any decisions.

    Ranmanika Sunday, 13 November 2011 04:27 PM

    And the US charges 15US$ for EU
    passport holders and issues a 3 month visa.. Aiyyo, why are we cutting our nose to
    spite our face when tourism is picking up. they will all go to Male.

    Rohan Amarasinha Sunday, 13 November 2011 05:23 PM

    As a regular visitor my suggestion to the government is to scrap this new fangled scheme immediately - if funds are needed,then perhaps the old airport departure tax payable when leaving could be re-introduced again.

    nilame Sunday, 13 November 2011 05:23 PM

    Next, we'll make another revision; the state will pay the visa applicants 5 dollars each.


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