Sri Lanka to give free visas for six months

Sri Lanka has decided to grant free visas to tourists starting from 1 April 2019 for six months to increase numbers during months of low arrival numbers. 

The Sri Lanka government has decided to grant free visas to tourists starting from 1 April 2019 for six months to encourage more visitors to the island during months of low arrival numbers.

Free visas will be extended to key markets including the United Kingdom, Europe Union countries, Australia Canada, United States of America, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Asian Buddhist countries like Thailand.

The cabinet approval for this decision was granted after a proposal was made by John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife, and Christian Religious Affairs. The proposal was initiated in order to promote the country among travellers for the upcoming Buddhist lunar festivals of Vesak and Poson.

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