Sri Lanka to offer digital nomad visa to boost tourism

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal to grant visas of up to one year to foreign visitors who can work remotely and stay in the country for extended periods.

“Sri Lanka is well positioned to promote the concept of ‘work from your own tropical paradise’ and Sri Lanka Tourism recognizing that this facilitates the expansion of the Digital Nomad market as part of its sustainable strategies,” Sri Lanka Tourism said. .

“Digital nomads not being sensitive to seasonal travel is also an added benefit to boost off-season tourism with the benefit of the digital content generated by this segment pushing promotions for tourism to Sri Lanka organically.”

After enduring prolonged blockages and travel restrictions, people are embracing the concept of “working from anywhere” with the following requirements: scenic surroundings, cultural experiences, adventures and good wifi connection, ”said Kimarli Fernando, President of Tourism Sri Lanka.

The availability of high-speed internet, long-term visas, affordable housing, income tax exemption are among the requirements to attract such visitors, the statement said.

Several countries in Asia and Europe now offer “digital nomad” visas for remote workers who can prove foreign income.

Some countries also offer nomadic visas for remote self-employed workers abroad to come to the country and stay there for a long time. They will therefore spend their income inside the country.

Some countries also offer e-residency.

Fast-growing East Asian countries generally have liberal visa regimes for foreign nationals and investors, with countries like Singapore providing a naturalization route, especially for those with higher incomes.

Sri Lanka enacted an extreme nationalist immigration law banning thousands of years of naturalization shortly after independence from British rule, making many native-born people also stateless, critics say. (Colombo / July 14/2021)

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