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Sri Lanka lifts travel curbs on foreigners to north
05 Jul, 2011 08:54:14
July 5, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lanka has lifted travel curbs on foreigners to the north of the island where a 30-year war ended in 2009, and foreign passport holders could travel without special approval, the government's information office said.
The government's information office said foreign passport holders would no longer require documents of approval from defence authorities to pass a key checkpoint in the northern town of Vavuniya on the highway to the north.

The information office said at a meeting Saturday businessmen told economic development minister Basil Rajapaksa about the difficulties faced by expatriate relatives of northern residents when they visited.

Tens of thousands of Sri Lankan fled the north and the east of the island during the 30 year war.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka is expected to end 'visa of arrival' facilities to all countries except Maldives and Singapore, which now allow visa free travel for Sri Lankans.

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1. Bun Key Choon Jul 05
Good to end visa on arrival, particularly to Indians, who are coming here on tourist visa on arrival and working on short assignments.

Even some multinational companies are abusing this tourist visa for their business visitors. While some caucasians with integrity refuse to abuse the tourist visa on arrival. Many South Asians are working here on Tourist Visa obtained on arrival.

Many complaints to the dept. of Immigration has also fallen on deaf ears. Otherwise they could have caught the Indians red handed