Unique Cruise Solutions

The news you need to know



Special Features




Industry Insider


Ports & Itineraries


Worldwide's News


Back to Menu


Back to News Menu

Cruise News for the Corporate Travel Professional

February 2012 Edition


Past Issue
Hot Cruise Deals
Cruise Products
Ship Report Archives
About us
Our Services
Contact Us
End Subscription
Our Web-Site
Privacy Policy

India extend Visa on arrival' scheme for tourists but Sri-Lanka scraps the scheme except for two countries.


Sri Lanka on Sunday scrapped the visa on arrival facility for citizens of all but two countries, replacing it with an online application system whereby visitors will have to apply before arriving here. The new electronic travel authorization system (ETA) is now applicable to 78 nations, including India. Only passport holders from Singapore and Maldives are exempted from it and will be eligible for on arrival visas.


However, Sri Lanka will continue with the on-arrival visa scheme for visitors three months more to March 31, 2012 after industry complaints that the trial online visa was not working perfectly, officials said.

According to a communiqué to the industry from the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau Acting Director General Vipula Wanigasekara on behalf of the immigration authorities, the online visa will also begin simultaneously on January 1, 2012 along with the continuation of the on-arrival visa scheme. Earlier the government was switching to the online visa process from January.

The communique states that: "The ETA (online visa) system will be operational from 01.01.2012. However, the existing facility of Free Visa on arrival will continue until March 31, 2012 for those who made travel arrangements before December 31, 2011."

The 'visa on arrival' scheme in India, launched early last year to increase foreign tourist inflows, has been extended to citizens of six more countries from January this year owing to the huge upsurge in overseas tourist inflow.

In order to help double the foreign tourist arrivals the Indian Government has decided to extend Visa-on-Arrival facility to Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi and Bangaluru airports.

The decision to extend the facility at four more airports was taken at the first inter-ministerial coordination committee for tourism sector.








Worldwide Travel & Cruise Assoc., Inc.

150 S. University Dr.  Ste E, Plantation, FL 33324 - USA

Tel: +1 954 452 8800  Fax: +1 954 252 3945

EMail: sales@cruiseco.com

Designed & Published by: Worldwide Media.