Changes to UK Government requirements for entering England

Incentive package to woo Global Airlines to Mattala Airport

The Government has proposed a special relief package targeting international airlines to incentivise them to schedule flights to the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) – Mattala. A Cabinet paper in this regard will be submitted shortly. Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the objective was to attract international airlines to the Mattala airport. It has been …


Japan to reopen borders for some visa holders as part of quarantine policy changes

In a major change to border-control measures, Japan will from Monday allow re-entry to all returnees from six countries blacklisted over the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. The six countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka — have been covered by a near-total entry ban on foreign …


SL among latest ‘Top 25 Islands in the World’ list for Travellers

The influential Travel+ Leisure (T+L) magazine has included Sri Lanka among the latest list of ‘Top 25 Islands in the World’ for holidaymakers. Published by the American media conglomerate, Meredith Corporation, Travel+ Leisure in its latest issue of 8 September ranks the top 25 islands in the world. Sri Lanka is ranked at number 24 …


Hotels Association welcomes request to ease entry requirements for Tourists

  The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) yesterday welcomed moves to ease entry requirements for foreigners, saying a quick rebound in tourism could help revive the COVID-battered economy and boost foreign exchange. Commenting on a request made by Sri Lanka Tourism to the Director General of Health Services, THASL stressed the importance of further …


Lanka woos more Russian tourists in Moscow promotional blitz

 The destination promotion initiative in Moscow led by Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, has successfully drawn the attention of all stakeholders to woo more Russians to travel to Sri Lanka for an enthralling, yet safe holiday this winter season.  “Sri Lanka could be considered as a suitable tourist destination for the Russians travellers, as the Government …


Pre-departure Covid19 PCR Test Requirement for Travellers on Flights to/Transiting through Singapore

Visas for foreigners residing in SL extended by 30 days

The validity period of all types of visas that being allowed currently for foreigners residing in Sri Lanka has been extended by 30 days, the Immigration and Emigration Department said. The Controller General of the Department said the days extended are from September 7 to October 7. He said only Visa fees applicable for that …


Heavier fines of US$ 500 for overstaying Foreigners

The Department of Immigration and Emigration has increased the penalty for overstaying foreigners without a valid visa to USD 500 in addition to the visa fee, a senior official said. He said the the earlier the penalty was imposed in three stages until the new fine was announced yesterday. Until yesterday, the penalty for overstaying …


Tourists coming from Covid-hit India and Israel

Following a decision to invite tourists from India from next Wednesday, the Government has decided to fly down tourists from Israel where the number of COVID 19 cases is on the rise despite vaccinating a majority of its citizens. Along with Israel, Sri Lanka will be inviting tourists from Russia and European countries. Plans are …


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