The online Visa new system is to be implemented within 80 days, WA Chulananda Perera, Immigration and Emigration Controller General told the Hindustan Times.
Besides Indian tourists, visitors from 78 other countries will be impacted by the decision.
“Only tourists from Singapore and Maldives, countries which gives on-arrival visas to Lankans, will continue to get the reciprocal facility,’’ Perera added.
Sri Lanka on Thursday withdrew the on-arrival free visa facility for Indian tourists.
It means that Indians planning a trip to Sri Lanka after August should apply for their visas online for a fee or visit Lankan missions with an application.
Money to develop the country? Are you joking? The money will end up in the pockets of politicians.
Amal Tuesday, 06 September 2011 07:33 AM
The Visa fees could be used to develop the country
lol..how naiv r u man??the only direction the money flows is str8 in to mr.mahinda's pocket..this country will never be able to develope under this gouverment.
Steve Sunday, 29 May 2011 07:48 AM
I don't agree with Markus on "our country is second to none".. our country is actually second, third and fourth to MANY other countries.. ignorance is bliss they say.. but I do agree it is a good move.. Pete.. tourism is VERY crucial to the country BUT just cos visa is required doesn't mean there would be a drastic reduction in tourism. If you live in a foreign country you'd know how bad they wanna visit SL. You don't think it's important cos you don't travel and go through the hassle that we go through when travelling. I think it’s an EXCELENT MOVE..
Henry Saturday, 28 May 2011 03:31 AM
This is a good move from the Govt, and I applaud the President for taking a bold and courageous stand on the visa issue. The Visa fees could be used to develop the country.
amir Friday, 27 May 2011 11:11 AM
so this is how we are going to promote sri lanka and make it a popular destination among the tourist......well done.....idiots
Italy Friday, 27 May 2011 09:49 AM
It is good,don't forget many Sri-Lankans not only visit Italy but also get working visas. Don't be too arrrogent. Think of to earn as much as from Tourism.
German Friday, 27 May 2011 09:31 AM
The other Asian countries without visa obligation will be pleased about the increase in tourists.
Fanam Friday, 27 May 2011 08:54 AM
Dont just look at it from a tourism point of view only. this will stop illegal migration to other countries via SL, illegal business in SL, and import of terrorists like Taliban, remaining LTTE etc
France Friday, 27 May 2011 09:03 AM
Sorry Sri Lanka good bye Sri Lanka.Sorry friends we go some else no visa problem.
Michael Friday, 27 May 2011 04:17 AM
about time .. i was wondering why we get second hand treatment .. when going to place like India .. while they get privileged treatment ..
Good on us ..
German Friday, 27 May 2011 08:44 AM
Fortunately there are sufficient different countries, where I do not have this visa problem.
Then we will travel there.
kane Friday, 27 May 2011 07:34 AM
Yes, as long as you live in the dream world of miracle of Asia.
sampath123 Friday, 27 May 2011 06:49 AM
Nepal also give us on arrival visa. for other countries this is good move. we can use money to develop country
pete Friday, 27 May 2011 06:41 AM
really? Our country is dependent on tourism for a major amount of foreign currency and senseless retaliations like these are detrimental to the economy.
kudu Friday, 27 May 2011 06:39 AM
close all visa agencies only embassies can issue visa this is respect get on it MR we are with you
Srupid Friday, 27 May 2011 06:48 AM
this will eventually backfire
markus gabriel Friday, 27 May 2011 06:15 AM
what an excellent move from the government,our country is second to none
Yuri Friday, 27 May 2011 04:46 AM
Its a excelent move by Sri Lanka, Tamils Citizen also need transit Visa to pass through A9 road to pass through Sri Lanka, its all exelent move
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