If your New Year’s resolution was to travel more often, then Sri Lanka is ensuring that resolution stays intact. The island country has extended free visa-on-arrival services for 48 countries, including India, till April 30, 2020.
The move comes as an initiative to boost tourism in the country, which has been severely hit by the Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.
The country had discontinued the free visa on arrival scheme post the bombing, barring 39 countries from the same.
The news of re-continuing the service was announced by Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga. Tourism, in total, contributes to 5% of Sri Lanka’s total GDP.
The Easter Sunday bombing had killed as many as 250 people in the country, including foreigners. The terrorists targeted three churches and 3 hotels during the cowardly attack.
As far as tourism in Sri Lanka goes, the island country has so much to witness. When planning an itinerary to Sri Lanka you would not want to miss out on to suck in the beauty of caves, aquatic life, bazaars, tea plantations, beaches and so much more.
Srilanka is also famous among shopaholics as it amazes you with traditional handicrafts and traditional souvenirs that are unique to the place.
Make sure you buy yourself a Raksha mask if you are in Sri Lanka.