Sri Lanka offers free visas to woo tourists after terror attacks back
Terrorists on Easter Sunday of the year on April 21 bombed churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing a lot more than 250 people, including 42 foreign nationals. As a total result, many countries have issued travel advisories, undermining the national country;s important tourism industry.
Foreign visitor arrivals in-may fell an impressive 70.8 percent, the cheapest because the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war about ten years ago. Of the entire year was down by 13 tourist traffic generally for the initial half.4 percent.
To try to bring tourists back, the Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry offers free tourism visas on arrival to 48 countries, including China, India, the uk, Thailand, america, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Switzerland, Cambodia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Russia, and EU nations.
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Tourist visas typically cost $20 to $40 and so are requested online or at Sri Lankan embassies and consulates.The official from the Tourism Development Ministry confirmed that the offer will stay in place for six months of which time the federal government will measure the lack of visa revenue. Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga said he expects the proceed to boost arrivals but didn’t have an estimate of its earnings from visa payments.
Tourism was Sri Lanka’s third fastest-growing and largest way to obtain forex in 2018, accounting for nearly $4.4 billion or 4.9 percent of the gross domestic product.
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