- The immigration and emigration department has not yet decided on visa criteria, fees for an extended stay
By Charumini de Silva
The Department of Immigration and Emigration has finalized the digital nomad visa at $ 500 for the first year, but has yet to decide on the criteria for the long-term visa and the fee for the extended stay.
After Sri Lanka was ranked second for digital nomads in 2021 by influential French travel and tourism operator Club Med, the government decided last month to attract the rapidly growing segment of travelers with visas from long lasting one year. The regulations to accommodate a long-term visa with appropriate criteria and fees for the extended stay are still under observation, the Daily FT learns.
Sources said the digital nomad visa fee for the second year will be $ 600, but no official has confirmed the information. Previously, it had been proposed to have the digital nomad visa fee at $ 500 for the first year with a fee of $ 50 for each extended month, following a study conducted.
The government believes the move would help position Sri Lanka as a favorable destination for digital nomads.
Describing second-place Sri Lanka, Club Med said: “The colorful country of Sri Lanka is a nomadic paradise.
“Sri Lanka topped our list as the second best country to visit for digital nomads. With a low cost of living and a beautiful backdrop of verdant mountains, coral reefs and powdery sands, it is clear that Sri Lanka offers such a great remote working experience, ”he said.
Tourist arrivals in the first seven months reached 19,337, a welcome development since the borders reopened on January 21, but down 96% from the corresponding period a year earlier.
In July, tourist arrivals increased 50% to 2,429 from June, despite travel restrictions in place due to the ongoing third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Europe was the largest source region with 13,212 travelers of total traffic received in the first seven months, while Asia and the Pacific and the Americas accounted for 3,904 and 1,756 tourists, respectively.
Despite minor improvements seen with countries reopening, the recovery remains fragile and uncertain due to growing concerns over Delta and other variants that are gradually developing, particularly in the Asia and Pacific region.