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On arrival visas free of charge for tourists from 36 countries

25 March 2019 10:10 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga said yesterday the government would grant on arrival visas for tourists from 36 countries free of charge from May 1 onwards for a trial period of six months.

Minister Amaratunga told Daily Mirror that tourists from the countries such as those in European Union, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia and Japan would be given this facility.

Afterwards, the Minister said it would be implemented for six months initially.

"Depending on its success, we will decide whether to proceed with it further or not. They will be allowed into the country without a fee.

Every year, there is a drop in tourist arrivals during the six months period starting from May. We will implement this programme during this period in a move to boost tourist arrivals,” he said.

The Minister said his target was to attract three million tourists to the country by the year’s end.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 6

  • When Monday, 25 March 2019 10:30 AM

    When are you going build the second terminal at BIA ? This is long overdue

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 25 March 2019 11:26 AM

    How many countries grant this facility to Sri Lanka.

    Tuean Monday, 25 March 2019 11:36 AM

    International community would have seen your pics in facebook mr jhonny

    Lankan Monday, 25 March 2019 11:53 AM

    Please build a domestic terminal within BIA.

    Lankan Monday, 25 March 2019 11:55 AM

    The current charge of US$50 per passenger is good for Sri Lanka, why are you loosing it, still can charge on arrival but service must improve at BIA.

    cheers Monday, 25 March 2019 12:00 PM

    This shows we do not have tourist coming from 36 those countries I thought European union is with the current govt ha


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