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Sri Lanka waives visa fee but for tourists from these countries: Details inside

06:16 PM | 28 Nov, 2023
Sri Lanka waives visa fee but for tourists from these countries: Details inside

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka has announced a visa fee waiver for nationals from China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan, effective immediately.

The development was confirmed through a statement released by the Department of Immigration and Emigration on Tuesday and the waiver program, running until March 31, 2024, aims to kickstart the tourism sector, acknowledging the significant role tourism plays in the country's foreign income.

As per the policy, residents from the countries aforementioned holding various types of passports, including diplomatic and ordinary, qualify for this initiative.

To avail themselves of this opportunity, travelers from these countries must obtain a complimentary Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before their arrival in Sri Lanka.

Under this scheme, tourists can enjoy a 30-day visa period, and a double entry facility is permitted from the date of first arrival to Sri Lanka within 30 days, the statement said. 

The move comes as Sri Lanka tries to revive its economy and spur tourism in the country which was badly hit due to terrorism and COVID-19 pandemic coupled with economic challenges.

Sri Lanka, an island nation situated in South Asia, is located southeast of India. The country spans an area of approximately 65,610 square kilometers and is renowned for its diverse landscapes, including stunning beaches, lush forests, and picturesque mountains.

As of the latest estimates, Sri Lanka's population stands at around 22 million people. In recent years, the country has witnessed a growing number of tourists flocking to its shores, attracting around 2.3 million visitors annually.

Some of the must-visit destinations in Sri Lanka include the ancient city of Sigiriya, known for its historical rock fortress; the cultural city of Kandy, home to the revered Temple of the Tooth; the golden beaches of Bentota and Mirissa; the wildlife-rich Yala National Park; and the scenic hill town of Ella, offering breathtaking views of verdant tea plantations and cascading waterfalls.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
 
26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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