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The tourism realm of Sri Lanka confronts a significant hurdle following recent adjustments in its visa processing mechanisms. A fresh analysis reveals that Sri Lanka now boasts the loftiest visa charges in Asia, sparking worries amidst tourism stakeholders regarding its ramifications on tourist footfall. This alteration is anticipated to dissuade prospective visitors and undermine the nation’s endeavors for tourism resurgence.

Tourism stakeholders have voiced anxieties regarding the sudden surge in fees and the convoluted application procedure linked with the novel privately-operated website for visa processing. Despite assurances from authorities, the industry remains wary of the possible adverse impacts on tourism.

“In light of the sudden fee escalation and intricate process, it’s probable that tourists will be discouraged, potentially plummeting arrivals to below 2 million. Consequently, we cannot help but ponder, Your Excellency, whilst you, in collaboration with the tourism authorities and industry overseen by the Minister, are fervently laboring for reconstruction, that certain factions within your administration seek to disrupt the progress,” articulated a missive directed to President Wickremesinghe by tourism stakeholders.

The tourism sector, a cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s economic revival, is targeting 2.3 to 2.5 million tourist arrivals in 2024, and these visa alterations imperil this objective. Sri Lanka’s transition to a privately-operated website for visa processing has raised concerns about user accessibility and escalated expenses. This shift underscores broader challenges in harmonizing revenue generation with sustaining an alluring tourism ambiance.

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