Visa fees are being suspended by Sri Lanka as part of efforts to boost tourism recovery from the UK this winter following Easter’s deadly terror attacks.

British holidaymakers on visits to the country of up to 30 days will be exempt from paying visa charges until January 31, 2020.

The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration made the announcement.


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Visitor numbers to Sri Lanka dropped sharply by 70% in May, the month after the Easter Sunday attacks that targeted churches and luxury hotels, and killed at least 253.

Specialist tour operators reported a gradual recovery in demand since the Foreign and Commonwealth Office lifted its ban on travel on June 6.

But the FCO continues to warn that terrorists are “very likely” to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka.

“Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” according to FCO travel advice.

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