Published on : Tuesday, August 7, 2018
John Amaratunga tourism minister of Sri Lanka stated that Indian tourists visiting Sri Lanka will soon be exempted from visa requirement. To boost arrivals the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he appointed a task force to keep a check on the possibility of granting visa-free entry to visitors from tourist-friendly nation like India and China.
After recommendations from the task force the proposal will get implemented in the off season months of October to November and March to April said the minister.
Some European and West Asian nations along with India and China can benefit from it.
Due to the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) , Sri Lanka’s tourism industry saw a tough time a decade back. But in the recent years the island nation has emerged as a top tourism destination in Asia.
In the first half of 2018 there was a recorded growth of 15.3 % as compared to the same period last year. The number of Indian tourists arrivals in Sri Lanka was 206,337 followed by Chinese tourists at 136,294.
An Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) must be obtained by all tourists before their arrival.
Citizens of Singapore, the Maldives and the Seychelles are exempt from the ETA and can obtain a visa on arrival free of charge. This is based on reciprocity.