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Sri Lanka Approves Extension Of Free-Visa Facility Till April 30

Colombo: The Sri Lankan Cupboard has authorised the extension of the free-visa scheme to nationals of 48 nations, together with India, till April 30 because the tourism sector, which was selecting up after the 2019 Easter terror assaults, took one other hit because of the coronavirus outbreak, it was reported on Friday.

“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-Cupboard Spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana mentioned on Thursday.

The visa-free programme was launched by the previous authorities on August 1, 2019 for a interval of six months, the Each day Monetary Occasions mentioned within the report.

It is going to now be efficient for 3 extra months until April 30, the Minister mentioned.

Moreover India, free-visa facility is granted to nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Eire, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the US, the UK, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Switzerland, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Israel, Ukraine, Philippines, Russia and Iceland.

In line with the Month-to-month Vacationer Arrivals Experiences compiled by the Sri Lanka Tourism Growth Authority, there have been 228,434 vacationer arrivals in January, a 6 per cent drop in comparison with the 244,239 guests who arrived in the identical interval final 12 months.

It’s nonetheless a rise from vacationer arrivals between April and November 2019 which ranged from as little as 37,802 final Might, the month after the Easter assaults, to 176,984 by November.

Nevertheless, the variety of vacationer arrivals in December 2019 rose to 241,663 with the annual arrival figures rounding up at 1,913,702.
The Sri Lankan Cupboard has authorised the extension of the free-visa scheme to nationals of 48 nations, together with India, till April 30 because the tourism sector, which was selecting up after the 2019 Easter terror assaults, took one other hit because of the coronavirus outbreak, it was reported on Friday.

“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-Cupboard Spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana mentioned on Thursday.

The visa-free programme was launched by the previous authorities on August 1, 2019 for a interval of six months, the Each day Monetary Occasions mentioned within the report.

It is going to now be efficient for 3 extra months until April 30, the Minister mentioned.

Moreover India, free-visa facility is granted to nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Eire, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the US, the UK, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Switzerland, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Israel, Ukraine, Philippines, Russia and Iceland.

In line with the Month-to-month Vacationer Arrivals Experiences compiled by the Sri Lanka Tourism Growth Authority, there have been 228,434 vacationer arrivals in January, a 6 per cent drop in comparison with the 244,239 guests who arrived in the identical interval final 12 months.

It’s nonetheless a rise from vacationer arrivals between April and November 2019 which ranged from as little as 37,802 final Might, the month after the Easter assaults, to 176,984 by November.

Nevertheless, the variety of vacationer arrivals in December 2019 rose to 241,663 with the annual arrival figures rounding up at 1,913,702.

(IANS)

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