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Sri Lanka increases fee for different visa types: Details inside

01:40 PM | 18 Apr, 2024
Sri Lanka increases fee for different visa types: Details inside

COLOMBO - The government of Sri Lanka has increased the visa fees for different categories of visas as the country tries to spur tourism and the economy.

As per the changes, the standard tourist visa fee, valid for 180 days with each stay limited to 60 days for non-SAARC countries, has increased to $ 75 with additional charges, including a $ 18.5 service fee and a $ 7.27 convenience fee, bringing the total individual visa fee to $ 100.77. 

Meanwhile, SAARC country tourists would also have to pay increased fees from the current $ 20 to $ 35 for the standard visa; exemptions are provided for Singapore, Maldives, Czech Republic and Seychelles.

According to the information available on the official Sri Lanka eVisa website, the fee for the other types of tourist visas has also been increased and foreigners who apply for a two-year multiple-entry tourist visa would have to pay a fee of $300.

Moreover, those who apply for a five-year multiple-entry visa and for a ten-year multiple-entry visa will be required to submit $500 and $1,000, respectively.

Moreover, the fee for business visas has also increased and as per the fresh changes, a standard tourist visa for business purposes now costs $35 for nationals of SAARC countries and $73 for nationals of other nations.

The visa fee hike has triggered concerns amongst industry stakeholders who believe that at one end the government is trying to woo tourists but at the other end, the hike could deter the globetrotters.

Though the tourism industry saw an improvement in 2024, the government has set a target of attracting 2.3 million tourists to generate over $ 4 billion in income.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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