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Cabinet maintains $50 Visa fee for foreign visitors to Sri Lanka

May 07, Colombo (LNW): Following discussions at yesterday’s (06) Cabinet meeting, it has been decided to retain the current fee of US $50 for a 30-day visa for foreign visitors to Sri Lanka, reported the President’s Media Division.

Additionally, it has been reaffirmed that the free visa service extended to citizens of seven countries—India, China, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia—will remain in place.

The Government underscores that the Department of Immigration and Emigration holds full responsibility for issuing relevant visas to foreigners upon their arrival in the country.

Against the backdrop of significant strides in the nation’s tourism sector, various stakeholders in the industry have recently appealed to President Ranil Wickremesinghe to uphold the maximum visa fee for foreigners at US $50.

This decision is seen as pivotal support for the sector’s future growth.

Consequently, President Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived at this determination after presenting the matter at today’s Cabinet meeting, confirmed the PMD statement.

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