Reports from the National news paper – Daily Mirror, as well as the International News Agency – Reuters confirm that tourists from key source markets will be issued free visas in a bid to increase tourist traffic to Sri Lanka. Until 31st March 2024, tourists from the following countries will be able to avail Free Sri Lankan visa: China, India, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Visitors from the aforementioned nations will be required to obtain visas via the online procedure (for security purposes) but will not be charged a fee.

Sri Lanka is a country with a population of 22 million people that has been facing challenges in its tourism industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a severe financial crisis. Also known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, the island nation has famous beaches, ancient temples, and a tea industry known for its aromatic tea. The country also boasts rich culture and heritage, well-preserved historical ruins, a gorgeous hill-country landscape, exciting wildlife opportunities, and warm hospitality!

At present, the tourism industry has observed a turnaround in 2023, with a million arrivals registered by September, and this figure is expected to reach 1.5 million by December. This has been a great motivation since 2019, and the industry is hoping to see better figures in hopes of the free Sri Lankan visa announcement.

A pilot program is underway by Sri Lanka Tourism to boost tourism recovery and hit a target of five million arrivals by 2026.

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