Sri Lanka has revealed it will offer free visas to travellers from India, China and the UK, among others, as it tries to remake its travel industry. A recent report illustrated the stark challenges faced by the sector following the Easter Sunday attacks on April 21st. A progression of bombings at luxury hotels and Christian churches left in excess of 250 individuals dead,decimating the tourism sector.
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has since stopped warning against all but essential travel to the island. However, the body does warn “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka”. “Attacks could be indiscriminate, incorporating into spots visited by outsiders,” included the FCO. While trying to conquer fears, the Sri Lankan bureau has endorsed a proposition from the travel industry service to grow a visa free travel program. The initiative will run for six months from August 1st.