Sri Lanka on arrival visa extended till March: report

Dec 01, 2011 (LBO) – An on-arrival visa facility for many countries will continue till March 2012 and will not be discontinued by the end of December 2011, due to teething problems in an electronic approval system, a media report said. Citizens of South Asian nations will be able to get the visa for 10 dollars.

Sri Lanka introduced a paid electronic visa system of 20 dollars per person replacing a free visa on arrival for many countries from January. Only Maldives and Singapore, which gives visa on arrival for Sri Lankan citizens would get the facility from next year.

The Sunday Times quoted a statement from a government agency related to tourism in its online edition as saying that the online visa will operate in parallel with the old system until March.

“The ETA (electronic travel authorization) system will be operational from 01.01.2012,” the Times Online quoted a statement from the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, a state agency that promotes conventions and incentive travel as saying.

“However, the existing facility of Free Visa on arrival will continue until March 31, 2012 for those who are making travel arrangements before December 31, 2011.”

The convention bureau had issued the statement to the travel trade