New Delhi (Sputnik) — Sri Lanka is mulling the provision of visa-free entry for tourists from friendly countries, including neighboring India, China as well some European countries, Tourism Minister John Amaratunga told media.
The proposal is designed to facilitate citizens of these countries to gain hassle-free access to Sri Lanka's tourist destinations in the months of October to November and March to April.
"Visa-free entry to Indian tourists in Sri Lanka will boost tourism in the island nation. At present India is the leading country in terms of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka, therefore, they are trying to woo more and more tourists from India. Apart from the metro cities, they are targeting tourists from smaller cities also," Subhash Goyal, Chairman of the Assocham Tourism and Hospitality Council and Secretary of the Federation of Associations of Indian Tourism and Hospitality, told Sputnik.