Sri Lanka has opened the doors for Pakistani tourists and approved a new visa policy for Pakistanis. The country will offer free visa on arrival to all Pakistani tourists visiting Sri Lanka, According to Khaleej Times.
Sri Lanka has made this decision in order to boost its tourism industry, the South Asian country is rolling back visa fees and allowing almost 36 countries to visit Sri Lanka for free and get easy access with visa on arrival policy.
The tourists just have to book their airline ticket to visit Sri Lanka. According to the details, the Sri Lankan government will start the free visa on arrival policy from May 1. The visitors from the United Kingdom, United States, European Union, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and South Korea will have free visa on arrival in Sri Lanka according to Independent.
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Sri Lanka’s minister for Tourism Development John Amaratunga said earlier, Sri Lanka is mulling to extend its free visa scheme to China, SAARC countries (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and the Maldives.
The free visa scheme will be implemented for 6 months initially, however, it could continue if there is a significant boost in Sri Lankan tourism. The scheme aims at attracting tourists to the Island during its most significant lull Yala monsoon season which lasts from May to August, the minister said. Sri Lankan tourism has grown with more than 2.1 million tourists in 2017, the last decade was quite booming for Sri Lankan tourism. Sri Lanka attracted 448,000 tourists in 2009 which has not grown to over 2.1 million according to national Tourism Development Authority. The country also hopes to see 100% growth from 2017s figures in 2019.