A new visa regime has come into force on the island of Sri Lanka.

На острове Шри-Ланка вступил в силу новый визовый режим

Russians planning a trip to Sri Lanka will be pleased with the free visas that the island government has introduced until March 31 next year. In addition to Russia, the changes will affect residents of six more countries.

The island government explained that the measure is necessary to increase the demand for tourism in the country. Let us recall that the bill on selective abolition of visa fees was included in the list of discussions in October 2023.

The Ministry of Tourism of the island state spoke about cooperation with the Ministry of Public Safety in resolving this issue. The departments came to a mutual establishment of a number of rules for tourists.

So, deadlines have been introduced for filing an application for an e-visa. Those entering the country are allowed to stay in the territory for up to 30 days and visit Sri Lanka twice from the date of first arrival. In this case, the period is also 30 days. Documents for visa extension from April 2024 can be submitted only after payment of the fee.

Let us clarify that before the innovation, a Russian citizen traveling to Sri Lanka was required to confirm payment of the fee. Its size was 50-60 dollars. A tourist planning a trip went to a special portal, submitted documents and paid the fee electronically while in Russia.

There was another option – obtaining a visa at the airport after arriving on the island. If you have a child under 12 years of age, the visa remains free. An electronic visa application is submitted on the registration resource for tourists. On the website, enter the information specified in the passport, note citizenship, day, month and year of birth.

Incoming travelers will need a return ticket and proof of an amount in a bank account sufficient to stay in Sri Lanka. The rules emphasize that with an e-visa, a visitor cannot work or start a business. 

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