Indian tourists can now avail visa on arrival in Sri Lanka
The ETA facility is available for all international tourists entering the island nation except passport holders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameron, Myanmar, Nepal and North Korea.
In a major development, Sri Lanka has announced to resume visa on arrival facility for international tourists entering the country.
According to a notification issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL), the on-arrival ETA at the port of entry to Sri Lanka will be facilitated with immediate effect for tourists who are unable to obtain ETA by online mode due to time constraints experience when arranging their journey Sri Lanka within a very short period.
Upul Dharmadasa, Chairman, CAASL, in the notification advised arriving tourists to obtain the online ETA wherever possible prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka.
Notably, India has emerged as the biggest tourist source market for the island country post-pandemic after receiving record numbers of visitors from India since reopening.
The quarantine-free stay, close proximity, and attractive offers on flight tickets have lured Indian tourists to visit Sri Lanka for leisure travel and vacations.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had announced that all tourists on arrival must hold a valid travel insurance policy with all tourist visa holders requiring a mandatory Sri Lanka Covid-19 insurance coverage purchased online from www.portal.pionline.lk/covid insurance with coverage of a minimum of USD 50,000 including cover for hospitalised treatment for Covid-19 infection.
Sri Lankan passport holders are exempt from this requirement and do not need the Covid-19 insurance coverage when travelling to Sri Lanka.
The Covid-19 insurance coverage is not required to board an aircraft but upon landing in Sri Lanka, but it must be purchased prior to leaving the respective airport in Sri Lanka.”
Manas Dwivedi / ETTravelWorld