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Govt to extend deadline to April 30

The Government will extend the deadline for free visas issued to 48 countries which was to lapse on January 31, 2000 to April 30, 2000.

The issue of free visas which was provided to 48 countries which was given to 48 countries in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday terrorist attack on April 21 , 2019 will be extended to April 30, a Senior spokesman for the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation told Daily News Finance yesterday.

He also said that Minister of Industrial Exports, Tourism and Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga was expected to present a Cabinet Memorandum next week in this direction. He said that despite the free visas, the arrivalsin May 2019, was a mere 37,802 from all countries in May 2019.

Chairperson of Sri Lanka Tourism Kimarli Fernando, when contacted by Daily News Finance for comment, said that she and the authorities, have not been briefed by the Government as of yet on this all important decision.