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Embarkation tax to be reduced for Indian tourists leaving SL by ship

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Baggage allowance to be upped to 60 kgs

In 2023, 21% of tourist arrivals were from India

The Government has decided to reduce the embarkation tax currently charged from passengers leaving Sri Lanka by vessels and ships to promote maritime passenger transport between Sri Lanka and India, Cabinet Spokesman, Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana said.

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted its consent to the proposal forwarded by Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to reduce the embarkation tax currently charged to passengers leaving Sri Lanka by passenger vessels and passenger ships to US$ 5 and US$ 20 respectively and grant free baggage allowance up to 60 kgs to a passenger travelling by a passenger vessel.

“It has been recognized that the promotion of maritime passenger transport between Sri Lanka and India has the potential to promote the tourism industry by providing increased access to tourists from both countries, and through improved connections, to encourage cooperation in the fields of cultural exchange, arts and sports. For that, it is essential to introduce a low-cost travel and transportation fee system,” government sources said.

As per the government sources, in 2023 India retained its position as the single biggest market with 302,844 tourists (21 percent) of 1.48 million total arrivals. India remains strong as the top tourist source market for Sri Lanka till February 15 with a cumulative total of 49,619 arrivals.

 

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