Sri Lanka Wants To Give You A Multiple Entry Visa For Five Years – by Femina Travel
Source : femina . in
Sri Lanka has recently extended its multiple entry tourist visa scheme to five years for 35 countries
Indians love Sri Lanka; our neighbouring country is easy to get to, offers experiences that are great bang for our buck, and is familiar enough but also different enough to make for a great vacation.
Sri Lanka has been through a rough phase in terms of tourism. Even before the pandemic shut down world travel, the island nation had suffered the horrible Easter bombings, and, more recently, has been ravaged by the monsoon.
Now, Sri Lanka is ready to welcome travellers. In fact, the country needs the tourism footfalls to help it out of its current economic crisis.
To this end, Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister Harin Fernando recently announced that the country will now offer travellers a five-year multiple entry visa. Previously, the country issued single entry visas for a stay period of six months, as well as a multiple entry visa for one year, and a digital nomad visa for foreigners engaged in remote work valid for three months.
“(The) Cabinet agreed to extend five-year multiple entry tourist visas for 35 countries to help boost repeat tourism in Sri Lanka,” he is quoted to have said. “A tourist can stay in Sri Lanka for six months in one stretch with this scheme.”
He added that Sri Lanka expected 1 million tourists to arrive this year.
Here’s Why You Should Consider Sri Lanka For A Holiday
Sri Lanka is beautiful: Colombo, the capital, is replete with good food and great experiences, as well as impressive architecture, and it works as a springboard for further discoveries. An hour’s drive away, Galle is a fascinating microcosm and cocoons the Galle Fort, which is UNESCO World Heritage listed, the Maritime Archaeology Museum, and the Dutch Reformed Church. Beach destination Unawatuna (main image) has great stays in every budget, seaside cafes and, again, good food, Mirissa offers whale- and dolphin-watching (look for ethically-run tours that will not traumatise the animals), while Weligama is where you will see the famous stilt fisherman, who will pose for your photographs for a small fee. Farther afield are the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya (above), the wildlife havens of Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park, and the spiritual town of Kandy. Even the less explored North is worth a dekko, and you will find watersports opportunities in plenty there.
Sri Lanka is good value for money: You will find prices reasonable and all the experiences paisa vasooli. Accommodation and food are available at every price point.
Sri Lanka is easy to get to: Wherever you are in India, you’re not too far from our neighbour down south.