A decision to suspend visa on arrival has been postponed, it was revealed today.
It was announced that all countries except Singapore and Maldives would not be able to utilise visa on arrival facilities. This would take effect from September 30, Commissioner General of Immigration and Emigration W A C Perera told the media.
CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines Manoj Gunawardena said the proposal would likely be implemented within 3 months, rather than immediately.
However, soon after the announcement to suspend the facilities, another statement was released reversing the decision. Nearly 70 countries would have been required to obtain visas from the Immigration and Emigration Department in Colombo, or from Sri Lankan missions abroad before arriving in the country, had the decision been implemented.