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Thursday 18 August 2022

Sri Lanka aiming to lure back tourists

Sri Lanka has unveiled plans to issue longer visas to help revive its tourism sector.

The Tourism Ministry will extend visas from 30 days to over six months when visitors apply via Electronic Travel Authorisation, Travel Mole reports.

To be honest, I'm not sure how much that will help. 

Very few Australian tourists would want to visit for over a month - and the country's image has taken a recent battering.

The tourism industry in Sri Lanka has been struggling due to the both the Covid-19 pandemic and an ongoing economic crisis.

The Tourism Ministry said those on certain single entry visas can now stay up to 270 days, and multiple entry visas could potentially be extended for up to a year.

Sri Lanka, however, has been hit hard by political unrest with ongoing protests, curfews and blackouts.

Several countries have advised against non-essential travel to the island nation due to shortages of food, fuel and medicine.

The Sri Lankan government has also been heavily criticised by foreign diplomats and human rights organizations for its brutal crackdown on political protests.

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