Srilanka plans to allow Indians to enter without Srilanka visa


Indian travelers may soon be allowed to enter Srilanka without a Srilanka visa for the purpose of tourism. The Srilankan government is planning to exempt friendly nations from the Visa requirements. Tourists from China, India and certain western countries are on the list of the proposed exemption. The Prime Minister of Srilanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a task force to make the feasibility study of granting Visa-free entry to visitors from certain tourist friendly nations.

After the recommendations from the task force, the proposal may be implemented during the off-peak months from October to November and March to April. This initiative of Srilanka Visa-free program will have multiple benefits. This will boost the tourist arrival to the island nation which has a major revenue from tourism and avoids congestion at the airport immigration. Foreign Tourist Arrival (FTA) has recorded a growth of 15.3% during the first half of 2018 compared to the same period of the previous year. The Srilanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) is currently working on this plan and the announcement of the Visa waiver would be heard soon.