Free Visa for Malaysians as Sri Lanka Attempts to Revive Its Tourism Industry

  • 01 Aug 2019

Malaysians travelling to Sri Lanka can expect to enjoy free visa for up to a month, as the country attempts to revive its tourism industry hit by a deadly bombing last April. 

The move, involving 48 countries is expected to boost tourist arrivals, which fell 70.8% in May, after several countries issued travel advisories following the blasts. 

Militants linked to the Islamic State terror group bombed churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on April 21 (Easter Sunday), killing more than 250 people, including 42 foreign nationals, and injuring hundreds of others. 

The waiver of the $25 tourist visa fees will be in force for six months, and any tourist from the listed countries who would like to extend their visa beyond the free 30-day period, will be required to make a payment. 

Besides Malaysia, some of the other countries in the list include Singapore, Thailand, the United States, India, China, Australia, Canada and South Korea. 

Source: Reuters, Economic Times
Photo source: Associated Press