Russian tourists may have their visas to Sri Lanka canceled
The Sri Lankan government decided to maximize not only the flow of tourists from Thailand, China, Indonesia and India, but also from Russia. They intend to achieve their goal through “free” visas for visitors from the listed countries.
The Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security of the island proposed canceling the visa application fee. The Prime Minister of the country supported the initiative due to the economic benefits Sri Lanka. The authorities believe that more tourists will be able to buy tours and order services. The most promising, according to the government, are travelers from five countries.
The exact time when Russians, Chinese, Indians, Thais and Indonesians will be offered a $0 visa remains unknown. Presumably this will be announced by the beginning of the tourist season.
Now, when ordering a visa to travel to the island via the Internet, tourists need to pay a fee of $50; on the island it will cost $60.
Aeroflot Company operates direct flights to Colombo.