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Sri Lanka offers free tourist visas to citizens from 48 countries


Sri Lanka will give offer one-month visas to citizens from nearly 50 countries in an effort to boost tourism following April’s terrorist attacks.

Sigiriya Lion Rock fortress and landscape in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is attempting to lure visitors back with a number of initiatives. Image by SylvainB/Shutterstock

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister John Amaratunga announced Wednesday the government will waive the existing visa fee ($20 for nationals from South Asia and $35 for everyone else) from 1 August for arrivals from 48 countries* as it continues to revive its punctured tourism industry. According to Reuters, the free visa applies to both tourists…



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