Panaji: Sri Lanka will be introducing online
visas for tourists visiting the island country within next two months on a trial basis, a senior diplomat said here.
Prasad Kariyawasam, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in
India, said that the online visa would be an alternative to
the visa-on-arrival, which has been currently discontinued in
the South Asian nation.
Kariyawasam claimed that the online visa would be `much
simpler than visa on arrival` and also it will address all the
security concerns of the country.
Those who have access to internet can only get the visa,
he said adding that the traveler can himself online apply for
it or can ask a travel agent to do so.
"The internet presence of a traveler will address the
security concerns arising out of current situation in the
region," the diplomat said yesterday.
Also, Sri Lanka will have a trial of this new visa
facility before its implementation.
Kariyawasam said that Sri Lanka and India should not wait
until everything falls into place.
"When a process is set in motion, packages are put in
place, and people start traveling. I am confident that
hindrances will gradually diminish," he added.