Sri Lanka approves extension of free-visa facility till April 30

The Sri Lankan Cabinet has approved the extension of the free-visa scheme to nationals of 48 countries, including India, until April 30 as the tourism sector, which was picking up after the 2019 Easter terror attacks, took another hit due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Feb 14, 2020
Sri Lanka tourism

Colombo: The Sri Lankan Cabinet has approved the extension of the free-visa scheme to nationals of 48 countries, including India, until April 30 as the tourism sector, which was picking up after the 2019 Easter terror attacks, took another hit due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"With the introduction of the free-visa scheme, we saw an increase of 10 to 12 per cent in tourist arrivals after the (April 21, 2019) Easter attacks but with the coronavirus onset, the sector is getting adversely affected once more and hence it is important to extend the facility for three more months," co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana said on Thursday.

The visa-free programme was introduced by the former government on August 1, 2019 for a period of six months, the Daily Financial Times said in the report.

It will now be effective for three more months till April 30, the Minister said.