FRIDAY, February 23, 2024
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Sri Lanka grants free visas to citizens of China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan

Sri Lanka grants free visas to citizens of China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan

The Controller General of Immigration and Emigration has stated that nationals of China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan will be granted free visas from November 27, 2023, to March 31, 2024, as a pilot program to rebuild the tourism industry.

Nationals of the above nominated countries possessing, Diplomatic, Official, Public Affairs, Services and Ordinary Passports are eligible to enjoy a visa-free regime under this scheme.

The above-mentioned nationals should apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before arriving in Sri Lanka subject to granting/issuing free of charge up to March 31, 2024.

Under this scheme tourists can enjoy a 30 days free visa period and a double entry facility is permitted within 30 days from the date of first arrival in Sri Lanka.

Free ETA under this scheme can be applied up to March 31, 2024.

The free ETA cannot be extended further and is limited only to thirty (30) days. In case the free ETA period of 30 days expires after March 31, 2024, an extension of the visa could be applied subject to paying the appropriate fee.

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