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The Defence and Urban Development Ministry said today that foreigners wishing to visit the North should obtain prior permission from the Ministry.

Military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya told a media conference that foreigners who wish to visit the North either as tourists or in connection with some projects should inform the Ministry of Defence about the nature of the proposed visit and the area they intend visiting and obtain its prior permission to do so.

He said this was being done to prevent foreigners who visit the North under the pretext of being involved in development projects but were engaged in promoting communal disharmony and thus posing a serious threat to national security.

Brigadier Wanigasuriya said a notice would be issued in this regard and pointed out that no foreigner was debarred from visiting the North.

He said prior permission could be obtained by forwarding a letter or Fax to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development and permission obtained in writing.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 17

  • Saskia Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:04 AM

    It seems to be that SL is busy with isolating North. Please include east as well, then we will be happy.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 16 October 2014 03:14 AM

    This is the five star democracy they talk about. Army is ruling the country. Department of immigration is silent.

    Saman Thursday, 16 October 2014 03:12 AM

    This is a good dicetion

    Jacooobiean Thursday, 16 October 2014 01:45 AM

    [quote name="SILVA"]Looks like you are an ex tiger. As the govt repeatedly say do you have proof to substantiate the killing of 40,000 civilians in the north.Just accuse but no proof ...Bullshit !!!![/quote]

    Ghosts from the 40,000 doing the rounds again ??

    Mr. Bernard Wijeyasi Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:37 PM


    Commonsense Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:49 AM

    Looks like you are pretty illiterate. There is a big difference between Visa and permission. For you, they both may sounds or looks the same, but they only looks that way, they are not the same. Do bit of thinking before you say (or write) something, because what you say can clearly portray your level of education. I am sure government and the security forces have good reasons to implement this, after all, it was them who stand up to the terror of LTTE and made this country peaceful place for all Peace Loving Citizens. Where were you then?

    SILVA Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:40 AM

    Looks like you are an ex tiger. As the govt repeatedly say do you have proof to substantiate the killing of 40,000 civilians in the north.Just accuse but no proof ...Bullshit !!!!

    Peace Loving Citizen Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:22 AM

    Foreigners need Visa to enter Sri Lanka. Then they need another Visa to go to North. Are we slowly separating North from Sri Lanka map.?

    Saskia Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:05 AM

    Do u have any evidence to proof all the people visiting north are tigers? Don't put rubbish comments here.

    old citizen Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:22 AM

    A visa ?

    goThrow Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:40 AM

    If you have a foreign passport, then you're a foreigner. You're also entitled to all the privileges that you receive as a citizen of the relevant country.

    chaaminda Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:40 AM

    What ever said and done, 75% of Sri lankans are Sinhala Buddhist. All we want is to live in this temporary life time of 75 years peacefully. Shoe making white Skinner is treated here as a BIG BOSS. I can not understand why Sri Lankans do not have courage to say the rulers to pave the way to self sustainability .

    Mithun Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:21 AM

    Even though now a foreigner visiting to North by bus should register his/her passport in the Omanthai check point. But the ridiculous think i have noted is, if you are travel by train or via Mannar then there is no registration required. Imagine the effectiveness of this rules and the authorities.

    ashok Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:13 AM

    What about Sri lankans who are residents overseas with foreign passports are they also considered as foreigners? cannot they go to Jaffna? this is not clear something fishy.....

    Citizen Simple Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:59 AM

    For obvious security reasons. There are plenty of folk interested in destabilizing the north. These foreigners are ex tigers in sheep s clothing?

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:33 AM

    Isn't the north part of Sri Lanka? Why special permission? Is it bcos their is something else the GOSL wishes to hide?

    JOTHIPALA Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:30 AM


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