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Press briefing of Cabinet Decision taken on 2020-02-12
Extension of the issue of visas free of charge for the tourists visiting Sri Lanka
Approval of the Cabinet has been granted at its meeting held on 2019‑07‑30 to implement the programme for issuance of Gratis Visas for tourists visiting Sri Lanka from 48 countries for a period of 06 months from 2019‑08‑01. In respect of this, it has been observed that there has been a growth in tourist arrival from these countries to this country during the period when the free visa programme was in operation. Taking this situation into consideration, the proposal made by the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, to extend this visa free of charge programme for the same 48 countries already approved, for a further period of 03 months from 2020‑02‑01 to 2020‑04‑30, was approved by the Cabinet.