In the near future, Sri Lanka will offer foreigners the ‘ free visa upon arrival ‘ facility, Foreign Minister Wasantha Senanayake said.
He said this facility would originally be provided to EU and US and the UK The facility was previously scheduled to be offered from May 1 to EU, UK, USA, SAARC nations and a few other chosen nations, but was placed on hold owing to the blasts of Easter Sunday.
Sri Lanka currently offers ‘on arrival visa’ only to citizens of Singapore, Nepal and the Maldives. Earlier, the island provided on arrival visa to many other countries, similar to the policy introduced by Singapore. However, that decision was halted eight years ago. The Minister said that the government will now offer this facility soon to attract more arrivals in the aftermath of Easter Sunday blasts. He said that the Foreign Ministry working on completely getting travel advisories removed. The security situation is now totally under control and Foreign missions are made to understand this. “We spoke to Ambassadors based in Sri Lanka, first to tone done the advisories which have been done and now will talk to them again to completely remove them.”
Senanayake who was also the one time Minister of Tourism participated in the 2018 World Tourism Market in London in November and launched Sri Lanka’s new brand identity ‘So Sri Lanka’.
Senanayake said that Sri Lanka Embassies oversea too have been briefed to promote tourism in a more organized manner. “Each Embassy too has been given targets to promote tourism and a performance report would be called at the end of the year.”