Sri Lanka electronic visa system starts

Jan 01, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has ended a free visa on arrival scheme from today with an electronic authorization system coming online, but anyone who arrives without an e-visa will be able to buy one for 50 dollars, a media report. Sri Lanka gave free visa on arrival to a number of countries including India which helped the island’s tourism. Indian arrivals in particular kept the island’s airline and tourist sectors afloat during difficult war years.

“However those who have not applied for the online visa will not be turned back,” Sri Lanka’s The Sunday Times newspaper quoted immigration chief Chulananda Perera as saying.

“We have set up two special counters to deal with such persons and they would be provided landing visas. They may be visitors who may not be aware of the new system while there will be those who may be on transit.”

Sri Lanka’s immigration office is giving electronic e-visas for 20 dollars for all countries and 10 dollars for countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation from January 01.

Nationals from Singapore and Maldives who are giving visa on arrival for Sri Lankan nationals can come continue to come without a visa.

Perera was also quoted in the newspaper a