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Indian tourists to Lanka may be exempted from visa soon

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Indian tourists visiting may soon be exempted from visa requirement as the is mulling granting visa free entry to visitors from countries like and China, said today.

Amaratunga said that Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a task force to study the possibility of granting visa free entry to visitors from certain tourist friendly nations to boost arrivals.

and along with some other European and West Asian nations can benefit from it, he said.

Following recommendations from the task force, this proposal may be implemented in the off season months of October to November and March to April, the said.

Sri Lanka' tourism industry faced a difficult time until a decade back due to the civil war with the However, in the recent years the island nation has emerged as a top tourism destination in

Tourist arrivals have recorded a growth of 15.3 per cent during the first half of 2018 compared with the same period last year.

topped the number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka at 206,337 followed by the Chinese tourist whose figures stood at 136,294.

All tourists to must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) before their arrival.

On the basis of reciprocity, citizens of Singapore, the and the are exempt from the and can obtain a visa on arrival free of charge.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 19:45 IST