Sri Lanka has announced a free visa on arrival for tourists from India and China. This will be implemented from 1st August 2019. This scheme is done in a bid to increase the tourist traffic which had declined by 7.5% since the terror attacks in the country.
This scheme was originally scheduled to come in force on the 1st of May 2019. However, it was suspended due to the bombings at 3 churches and luxury hotels that occurred on the 21st of April 2019; killing 258 people.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development is part of a larger drive to get more tourists to visit the country during the offseason i.e. May to October. The scheme has also been re-launched for the 39 suspended countries. The tourism industry in Sri Lanka is expected to redeem in the next three to four months.
However, there is not much said about any additional requirements or documents for free visa on arrival for the Indian tourists. A general Sri Lankan tourist e-visa application requires for Indian passport holder, submit a digital photo, proof of funds to cover their expenses during their stay, evidence of valid round-trip ticket showing the port of entry into Sri Lanka. The passport must have at least 6 months’ validity and the maximum stay duration for a tourist visa is 30 days.
Other countries that also offer free visa on arrival for India tourists are Maldives, Nepal, Fiji, Hong Kong, Bhutan, Thailand, Seychelles, Indonesia, Madagascar, Jamaica, Cambodia, Jordan and many more.