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Sri Lanka Implements New Online Visa System: Travel Update

In a recent update, the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration has embarked on a transformative journey by introducing a new visa process and an online application portal, effective immediately. This development marks a significant advancement in visa services, aiming to enhance efficiency and convenience for travelers to Sri Lanka.

As outlined in a press release, this initiative, detailed in the Extraordinary Gazette No. 2360/24 dated November 27, 2023, introduces a more streamlined approach to visa issuance. It encompasses updated requirements, fees, and validity periods for visas, reflecting the evolving needs of travelers to Sri Lanka.

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In collaboration with IVS Global Institute and GBS Technology Service, the department is launching the e-visa system, which replaces the existing ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) method. This transition is poised to simplify the visa application process and facilitate smoother entry procedures for visitors.

To access comprehensive information and utilize the online visa application portal, individuals can visit Through this user-friendly platform, the department is committed to delivering a swift and efficient visa application experience, tailored to meet the diverse needs of tourists and investors alike.

This initiative is anticipated to play a pivotal role in bolstering the economic development of Sri Lanka. By enhancing the ease of travel and attracting more visitors, it aims to stimulate foreign exchange revenue and foster investment opportunities in the country.

Transitioning from the visa update to exploring the natural wonders of Sri Lanka, let's delve into the top 5 beaches that beckon travelers seeking sun, sand, and serenity:

1. **Unawatuna Beach**: Renowned for its picturesque crescent-shaped coastline, Unawatuna Beach offers a tranquil escape with calm waters and vibrant coral reefs. Visitors can unwind on the soft golden sands, take a dip in the turquoise waters, or partake in thrilling water sports like snorkeling and diving.

2. **Mirissa Beach**: Mirissa Beach captivates travelers with its laid-back ambiance and breathtaking sunsets. Apart from soaking in the sun, visitors can indulge in swimming, surfing, and even whale watching. Nearby attractions like Secret Beach and Parrot Rock add to the allure of this coastal gem.

3. **Arugam Bay**: Embraced by coconut palms and golden sands, Arugam Bay ranks among the world's premier surfing destinations. With ideal conditions for both novice and seasoned surfers, the beach promises exhilarating experiences on the waves. Nature enthusiasts can also explore nearby lagoons and wildlife sanctuaries.

4. **Bentota Beach**: A tropical paradise awaits at Bentota Beach, where palm-fringed shores meet tranquil waters. Beyond sunbathing, visitors can embark on scenic boat rides along the Bentota River, visit turtle hatcheries, or rejuvenate with Ayurvedic spa treatments amidst lush greenery.

5. **Trincomalee Beach**: Known for its pristine white sands and azure waters, Trincomalee Beach lures travelers with its vibrant marine life. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts can revel in the abundance of coral reefs teeming with colorful fish and aquatic species.

For travelers seeking an unforgettable tropical getaway, these pristine beaches in Sri Lanka promise a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

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