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ThePondFence
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 10:53 on 23rd Nov 2011

Joined: 20:03 on 29th Jan 2011
Posts: 57
Ash02 Wrote:
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Can I just confirm that it's £20 we're talking about here not £200, just incase I've missed something?


Kev, Its definately ?20 mate.
Ash


50 dollars on the website.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:01 on 23rd Nov 2011

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2182
Location: Preston UK
I think the point is that the only visa available to tourists pre 2012 are long stay, cost £38. The free version is applied to your passport on arrival until 31 Dec. In short, a good idea but not possible I think.
Local business news items still referring to visa cost reduction as possible conjecture, just be aware.
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kev
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:31 on 23rd Nov 2011

Joined: 17:06 on 4th Dec 2008
Posts: 279
Location: Walsall West Midlands
ThePondFence Wrote:
Ash02 Wrote:
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Can I just confirm that it's £20 we're talking about here not £200, just incase I've missed something?


Kev, Its definately ?20 mate.
Ash


50 dollars on the website.


Sorry i was being flippant, my point was one of surprise at the time & effort required to possibly save twenty quid :roll:
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:52 on 23rd Nov 2011

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2182
Location: Preston UK
DOLLARS Kev :roll:
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GeorgethePodge
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 14:15 on 23rd Nov 2011

Joined: 00:10 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1167
http://www.eta.gov.lk/

$50


http://info.gov.lk/news_update/Current_Affairs/ca201111/20111114online_visa_fee_come_down.htm
$20
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ThePondFence
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 16:59 on 23rd Nov 2011

Joined: 20:03 on 29th Jan 2011
Posts: 57
Appreciate it's only a small saving (especially since they announced the reduction in fees) but if you're on a tight budget and paying for two it could have potentially saved c£65 (two or three nights accommodation in SL). I'll still give it a go on the basis that it shouldn't be a problem to pay for one in the new year if it doesn't work out.

Thanks for your comments.
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C.O.N.T.I
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 18:38 on 30th Nov 2011

Joined: 18:36 on 30th Nov 2011
Posts: 1
blueandy1mac Wrote:
DOLLARS Kev :roll:


MAC...Are you or any other the others visiting Sri Lanka?
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whiteensign
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 18:47 on 30th Nov 2011

Joined: 22:13 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 1272
Location: Redditch/Sydney
C.O.N.T.I Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
DOLLARS Kev :roll:


MAC...Are you or any other the others visiting Sri Lanka?


Hence the discussion on Sri Lankan visa costs ;)
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swifty
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 13:37 on 1st Dec 2011

Joined: 13:32 on 1st Dec 2011
Posts: 57
It now appears the SL authorities are saying that anyone who books up before December 31 won't have to do the online thing and can still get a free on-arrival Visa covering them until March 31.

Or at least that's my reading of it. I've emailed the SL High Commission asking for confirmation of this, but am not holding my breath.

If indeed this is the case then it's good for those of us who are only doing the Galle Test, but not so clever for those doing Colombo or both.

www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?op ... ws&lang=en

www.sundaytimes.lk/index.php?option=com ... Itemid=547
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ThePondFence
Post subject: Re: Visa warning
PostPosted: 16:23 on 1st Dec 2011

Joined: 20:03 on 29th Jan 2011
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swifty Wrote:
It now appears the SL authorities are saying that anyone who books up before December 31 won't have to do the online thing and can still get a free on-arrival Visa covering them until March 31.

Or at least that's my reading of it. I've emailed the SL High Commission asking for confirmation of this, but am not holding my breath.

If indeed this is the case then it's good for those of us who are only doing the Galle Test, but not so clever for those doing Colombo or both.

www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?op ... ws&lang=en

www.sundaytimes.lk/index.php?option=com ... Itemid=547


Excellent news. That's pretty much what I was getting at in my original post but now it looks like it's official.

Please note that the visa issued on arrival will be okay for 30 days in SL so providing you're getting there before the 31 March, it should cover you for the Colombo test as well.

One question though - are they saying you do not need to complete the online ETA thing i.e. you just bowl up in SL prior to 31 March (providing you have booked you trip before 31 December) and they issue a visa gratis?
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