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Why sri lanka Could Be A Good Choice For Immigration

Sri Lanka is known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ due to its incredible natural beauty, awesome beaches and sparkle bright blue cerulean waters. A physical environment of wide-ranging diversity makes the country one of the world’s most beautiful and scenic countries in the world. If golden beaches, rising waves, misty mountains, mighty elephants, stealthy leopards, giant whales, a majestic past, lovely tea and warm smiles could sum up a country, that would be Sri Lanka. With a history spanning paradise, including a rich colonial heritage, the island provides a diverse landscape, speckled with adventure and ripe for discovery. Colombo is Sri Lanka’s largest city by population. The official capital, Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, is also within the urban area of Colombo. Colombo metropolitan area has a population of 5.6 million, and 752,993 in the Municipality. It is the financial center of the island and a tourist destination. 

Sri Lanka’s location makes it an easily accessible and eagerly sought after destination for those looking to cosset in a naturally rich environment. With many sites and scenes bottled up in to a small island, a traveler could be riding the waves in the dawn and admiring the green carpeted mountains by dusk. Travel destinations in Sri Lanka provide an array of holiday experience from sun kissed beach holidays to a marathon of wildlife watching, pumping adventure sports and pilgrimage to some of the oldest cities in the world.

Several types of people can immigrate to Sri Lanka. Among them are Retirees, investors, students and travelers. The country law allows the retiree to live in the country under a long term resident visa, issued in two year blocks. Many factors combined, generate keen interest in investors for Sri Lanka as a preferred investment destination in the region. When it comes to education, the country is all about giving students inspiration to develop their knowledge and skills, freedom to be creative, and support to help them achieve their best. While your stay you may enjoy from a thrilling safari adventure in the depths of  Yala, to a soothing fresh air among tea brushes in the cool countryside. You will definitely discover that Sri Lanka has a special experience for every traveler. So dive in, your adventure awaits!

Traveling information: 

Sri Lanka is currently experiencing the worst economic crises. It has defaulted on international loans and is facing shortages of food, fuel, medicines, cooking gas, imported goods etc. in some areas. Therefore, a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka has to be exercised. The situation has given rise to protests over economic situation especially in Colombo, the capital city and could erupt anytime. Therefore, if you plan to travel to Sri Lanka, you need to be extra cautious and follow instructions of local authorities on travel and safety.

All Tourist, Business and Transit travelers to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. The ETA is issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DI&E), Colombo with a Fee, which is non-refundable and non-transferable. Initially the ETA is valid for 30 days from the date of arrival in Sri Lanka, however it can be extended up to 6 months. You can get the detailed information of ETA, Fees and also apply online from eta.gov.lk 

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccinated certificates do not need to present a negative Covid-19 test, however, it is important to take out comprehensive travel insurance for travelling to Sri Lanka. 

Travel options:

The two means to reach Sri Lanka is by Air and Water ways. It is very convenient to reach by air as there are many flights from around the world. There are direct flights from Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Among the 5 international airports in Sri Lanka, the Bandaranaike International Airport located in the capital city Colombo is the major & busiest airport. The nearest country to Sri Lanka is India. There are direct flights to Sri Lanka from four major cities of India, mainly Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.

Trains and buses are the two main mode of public transportation in Sri Lanka. Travelling inside the country by road is the most convenient method. The main centre for connectivity is the Central Bus Stand in the capital of Colombo. You can opt between private and public buses which take you to the different corners of the island. The public bus services provide people a safe, dependable and comfortable road passenger transport at a reasonable fare system which involved a staff dedicated to service. The National Transport Commission has decided to increase the minimum bus fare to Rs.40 and minimum train fare to Rs.20. There are online Bus Ticket Booking, where you can book Bus Seat ahead of your journey. For detailed information and booking please visit: busticket.lk

While bus routes are widely available in the country, trains are less costly. We highly suggest you take a train just to enjoy the amazing views of the glorious countryside. Department of Railways and SLT-MOBITEL have introduced a Web application for online train seat reservation. To book your seats, please Log on to seatreservation.railway.gov.lk

All train season ticket (monthly pass) holders are allowed to travel on Sri Lanka Transport Board buses free of charge. If budget is not a concern, you can hire radio or private taxis and also hire a two-wheeler or a tuk-tuk for your entire stay.

Apart from this there are many taxi services that operate in the country. They range from luxury cars to the very popular three wheelers used by many taxi services. You have the opportunity to experience the freedom of travelling across Sri Lanka with the most affordable self-drive car rental options in the island. You just have to plan your trip with the flexible rental plans and hire vehicles either on a short-term or a long-term basis. It’s very safe for foreigners to travel in the country throughout day, because local people have a special care and respect for foreigners. Violent crimes against foreigners are infrequent. When travelling around the country, you can make arrangements through reputable travel companies, so that you’ll be more comfortable and enjoy your journey to the fullest. 

We recommend you to go through the Foreign Travel advice on Safety, Health, Political, Financial, Climate and other important situations before you embark on your journey into Sri Lanka.

How to immigrate: 

The Sri Lankan government issues the following four kinds of visas to foreigners for different types of visits into the country:

1) Visit Visa:
  Types of Visit Visa:
     a) Tourist Visit Visa
     b) Business Purpose
2) Residence Visa
3) Gratis or Official Visa
4) Transit Visa

1) Visit Visa

A Visit Visa is an entry permit for a foreign national into Sri Lanka for short period for mainly holidays, sightseeing or visiting friends/relatives.  It is also issued to foreigners who visit Sri Lanka for short business trips. It may be issued for multiple visits as well. The Visa contains details of the purpose of visits,  period of time, conditions of the stay etc. 

Documents required 

  • Duly filled ETA application
  • Passport (The validity of the passport must be at least six months from the date of entry into Sri Lanka)
  • Two recent photographs (standard photo format)
  • Return air ticket
  • Proof of hotel accommodation or an invitation from hosts in Sri Lanka 

You can download and fill the ETA application online. For more details please visit : eta.gov.lk

People: 

The native people of Sri Lanka are known as “Sinhalese” who are the largest ethnic group. The Sinhalese constitutes 74% of the total population of Sri Lanka, followed by 18% of the Tamils who are the second largest ethnic group. 

The majority of Sinhalese practice Buddhism and a significant number are Christians. Hinduism is practiced by the Tamils of Sri Lanka and so is Christianity by a minority Tamil speaking population. The Third largest practiced religion in Sri Lanka is Islam, which was believed to be brought in Sri Lanka during the time the country became an ancient trading center. The Christians in Sri Lanka constitutes to approximately 6.1% of the total population, which consists of Catholics, Protestants, Lutherans etc. According to the JW 2021 service report there are nearly 7,121 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sri Lanka. 

The Portuguese and British brought with them Kaffirs from Africa during their reign. So they became an ethnic group in Sri Lanka who are partially descended from Portuguese traders and Bantu slaves who were brought as laborers and soldiers to fight against the Sinhala Kings. There are other communities too. Among them are Chetties from South India. Burgher community is one of the smallest communities. They are living in all parts of the country in small numbers,  among them are the Dutch Burghers who are of mixed Dutch, Portuguese Burghers and Sri Lankan descent. 

The list goes on and that it’s outstanding. In spite of the varied religion and traditions, the people of Sri Lanka are friendly and extend a warm smile to foreigners. Many go all the way out with the full teeth smile, which is very sincere. You get this smile even from police officers! The local people are eager to help strangers. Their hospitality and generosity move them to invite others to their homes. We are sure you will enjoy your stay in Sri Lanka among the beautiful Sinhalese.

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