Sri Lanka to Halt VOA

Feb 17th, 2012, 06:54 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
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We just arrived in SL. On arrival there was an open visa on arrival office BUT before we boarded our flight from KL to SL we were asked to produce our online visa at checkin. I am not sure what the result would have been if we did not have an online visa already but it would seem prudent to have one at checkin.
On the other hand on arrival there were quite a few people who appeared to have printed out online visas who were directed to go back to the visa on arrival office. I dont know what the problem was but our online visas were accepted.
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Feb 17th, 2012, 07:33 AM
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Thanks for reporting back. Have a wonderful time in Sri Lanka! I'll look forward to your report. A return to Sri Lanka is on our short list for 2013.
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:20 AM
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Just got back. Tried to get online visa before we left on Jan. 5, but site failed. Entered Sri Lanka on Feb. 11 and got visa at desk with no problem. I am pretty sure the arrival visas are limited to trips booked before December 31, 2011 with travel up to March 30, 2012. I am sure they are moving to using ETA - - and would encourage everyone to do it before arrival.

We had some problems leaving as the checkin representative at Sri Lanka Air thought we had an Indian Transit Visa (less than 24 hours in India - we would be there for 30) rather than a Tourist Multiple Entry and refused us boarding passes. After 30 minutes of explaining, showing paper work and cajoling we asked to talk to a supervisor. He disappeared and 10 minutes later returned with a waiver that we signed agreeing to pay any fine if we were rejected in India and deported to Sri Lanka.

We were not rejected and all ended well, but it was pretty stressful.
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Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:43 AM
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Yipes! That is pretty stressful. I'm glad it all worked out.
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