Country lost Rs 6B in visa fees after Easter attacks

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (STLDA) said the Government lost Rs 6 billion in revenue from visa fees after the Easter attacks.

This is because the country removed visa fees for visitors from 48 countries after the Easter attacks, allowing them to obtain free visa on arrival.

SLTDA Director General, Dhammika Wijesinghe said that around 950,000 tourists availed this facility during July-December 2019, losing US$ 35 in visa charges for each of these people.

Wijesinghe added that tourism stakeholders have proposed that the visa fee be waived off again. However, Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson, Kimarli Fernando is strongly against this, due to the massive losses being incurred.

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