Indonesia frees visa for Sri Lanka tourists

Indonesia has relaxed visa requirements for Sri Lankan citizens who will be given a 30-day visa on arrival, Indonesia’s Ambassador Harimawan Suyitno has said, making it the second East Asian nation to do so after Singapore.

The Ambassador was addressing a meeting of the Sri Lanka – Indonesia Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo.

A consular official said the policy was effective from March 21 and tourists who had a round-trip ticket and a hotel booking in Indonesia no longer had to get a visa from Colombo.

Visa on arrival was applicable to tourists and conference participants and not for business.

Among Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), travel is visa free.  Singapore give free visa-on-arrival to Sri Lanka citizens.

Sri Lanka has an e-visa application process where a fee has to be paid, but approval comes within minutes, making it a key tool in boosting tourism.

Physical pre-approved visas are a key deterrent to tourist travel, especially for tourists living outside capital cities where there are no embassies.

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