Published on Monday, October 17, 2011

New visa system for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is introducing a new electronic travel authorisation to replace its visa on arrival for tourists.

Holidaymakers will pay $50, the equivalent of £32, for a permit that allows them to enter twice within 30 days.

The on arrival visa service will still be available until the ETA, which can be applied for at, replaces it by 1 January 2012.

By Diane Evans

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  • how to kill a holiday destination

    £32.00 for a visa? Who is going to wear that. Go to Australia / New Zealand where there is no charge for a holiday visa. Bureaucrats let loose again

    By MIKE STEWART, Tuesday, May 28, 2013

  • As I have written previously... and passport offices and the government departments that rule them, do not regard those whom they deal with as customers; they regard them as units to be prosessed. They believe that they have a monopoly because anyone visiting their country must pay the fee they choose to charge and accept the inconvenience of the system they choose to operate. However, as the USA is now finding out, many travellers have a choice about where they go - and they will choose to go to destinations that do not rip them off or otherwise make their visit complicated. I used always to stop off in the USA when I travel to British Coumbia to see my son. I haven't done so since the admission process to the USA has become just too much of a hassle. Sri Lanka will discover the error of its ways - although whether or not it learns from them is another matter.

    By Richard English, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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