Sri Lanka will soon start granting visa-free entry to Indian tourists in order to encourage tourism in the country. Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a task force to study the possibility of granting visa-free entry to tourists from friendly countries like India and China.
Sri Lanka’s tourism minister, John Amaratunga, said that India and China along with some other European and West Asian nations can benefit from the visa-free entry. He also mentioned that after the recommendations from the force, the proposal may be implemented in the off-season months of October to November and March to April.
All tourists to Sri Lanka must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) before their arrival. The citizens of Singapore, Seychelles, and the Maldives are exempt from the ETA and can get a visa on arrival free of cost.
The country’s tourism faced a tough time until a decade ago due to the civil war with the LTTE. However, in the last few years, Sri Lanka has emerged as a popular tourist destination in Asia. In the first half of 2018, tourist arrivals have recorded a growth of 15.3% compared with the same period in 2017. Sri Lanka visa for Indians is soon going to be a thing of the past. Already excited? You can create your customized Sri Lanka trip right away!