Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman Nalaka Godahewa said the Immigration Department has already completed the online visa scheme programme through the web and a pilot run off will be initiated to test the system.
“A minimum of three months will be needed to test the system. However no changes will be made to the prevailing in the country when obtaining visa till the Immigration Department is satisfied with the outcome and effectiveness of the online system”, he said.
“The suggestion was made last year to implement an online visa scheme for tourists to promote the tourism industry in the country. Most of them have to go to embassies and collect the requirements in obtaining a visa”, he added. Visitors to Sri Lanka from Singapore and the Maldives, which grant Sri Lankan passport holders landing permits on arrival, would be reciprocally exempted from having to obtain a visa before reaching the island.