COLOMBO – The authorities in Sri Lanka have revealed that the country is set to implement a series of measures aimed at relaxing its visa procedures.
The announcement came during a press conference held at the Ministry of Public Security on Thursday as the Controller General of the Immigration and Emigration Department, Harsha Ilukpitiya highlighted the comprehensive review of all visa issuance processes, leading to the development of a more lenient and efficient system across all visa categories.
Additionally, under the current visa regulations, tourists in Sri Lanka face limitations as they can only extend their stay after spending a month in the country; however, the upcoming visa scheme aims to change this restriction.
IIukpitiya emphasized that under the new system, individuals applying from foreign countries can obtain a visa for the entire duration of their intended stay when applying from a foreign country. Notably, the new procedures are scheduled to be implemented within two weeks.
The initiative to relax visa processes is expected to not only simplify the application process but also encourage more tourists to explore Sri Lanka’s diverse attractions.
By offering flexibility and a hassle-free entry process, the country seeks to position itself as a more attractive destination, ultimately boosting its tourism industry and contributing to economic growth.
Sri Lanka, an island nation in South Asia, is renowned for its stunning landscapes, ancient heritage, and warm hospitality. With a population of around 22 million, it features UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Sigiriya and Galle, lush tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya, and pristine beaches along its picturesque coastline, attracting diverse travelers.