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Implementing free visa scheme for designated countries

Those who hold passports of listed countries and travel to Sri Lanka from 01.08.2019 to 31.01.2020 for tourist purposes are exempted paying ETA fee, in view of enhancing tourist arrivals from designated countries. However, any foreign national who will be visiting Sri Lanka for a short period is required to apply ETA and ensure pre approval before the journey to avoid unnecessary delays at the port of entry and adhere with enhanced pre clearance.

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Global Tourism Promotion Campaign back on drafting table: Published by Ceylon FT, 25 July 2019

The 'Global Tourism Promotion Campaign' has gone back to the drafting table, according to a senior official, who said that the crisis-mitigation public relations programme is being re-evaluated, as tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka were picking up faster than anticipated.    

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46 countries to enjoy free visa from August: Published by Ceylon FT, 25 July 2019

The Sri Lankan Government is planning to offer free visas to tourist from 46 countries starting August, according to Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Affairs, John Amaratunga, who requested visiting Chinese journalists to promote the island as a favourable destination.

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Sri Lanka elected to the Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of UNEP

At the 146th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the UN Environment Programme held on 20th June 2019 in Nairobi,   Sri Lanka was elected to the Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Representatives for the period 2019-2021.  The 146th CPR meeting was chaired by the newly appointed Executive Director, Ms.Inger Andersen.  The Committee of Permanent Representatives is led by a five member bureau elected for a period of two years.  Each bureau member represents one of the five ...

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Grand Cross (Datu), Gold Distinction on outgoing Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Philippines Aruni Ranaraja who paid a farewell call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte confers Order of Sikatuna on Ambassador Aruni Ranaraja

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Aruni Ranaraja was conferred the Order of Sikatuna, with the rank of Grand Cross (Datu), gold distinction by President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 18 June 2019 during a farewell call paid by the Ambassador at the Malacañan Palace in Manila.

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“So Sri Lanka” won the Best Decorated International Pavilion at the 26th PTAA Travel and Tour Expo 2019 – Manila, Philippines

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) for the second consecutive year participated at the 26th Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) Travel and Tour Expo 2019 from 08 to 10 February 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila. The said Expo is the biggest annual exhibition to promote inbound and outbound tourism market in the Philippines.

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71st Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated in Manila

Sri Lanka’s 71st Independence Day was celebrated in Manila on 4th February 2019 joined by the Sri Lankan community residing in the Philippines and friends of Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka Residence. The official ceremony commenced with hoisting of the national flag followed by singing of the national anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil languages. Two minutes silence was also observed in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives for the motherland followed by lighting the traditional oil lamp by religious dignitaries and Sri Lankans representing all communities. ...

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Promotion of “Ceylon Teas” at the International Bazaar 2018

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila with the support of George Steuarts Philippines and Basilur, participated at the 52nd International Bazaar on 25 November 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). The Sri Lanka Pavilion was traditionally inaugurated by Madame Cielito Salvador Avancena, Spouse of H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines, together with Madame Maria Lourdes B. Locsin, Overall Chairperson of the International Bazaar Foundation and Spouse of Hon. Teodoro Locsin Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of ...

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“Kathina Puja” for the first time celebrated in the Philippines

Universal Wisdom Foundation Inc. with the support of the Sri Lankan community celebrated Kathina Puja at the Wisdom Park on 18 November 2018.

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Sri Lanka reiterated its commitment to promote and protect the Seafarers Rights at the Manila Conference

A Regional Meeting of Asia’s leading seafaring nations has highlighted the plight many seafarers face in the event of a maritime accident and has pledged to lead the drive towards proper and effective implementation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labor Organization (ILO) agreed Guidelines on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers.

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Grand Cross (Datu), Gold Distinction on outgoing Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Philippines Aruni Ranaraja who paid a farewell call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing Sri Lankan envoy

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday conferred the Order of Sikatuna on outgoing Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Philippines Aruni Ranaraja during a Palace farewell call.

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Ronnie Nathanielsz’s book ‘Reflections’ launched: Published by ABS-CBN, 31 March 2019

Friends and family of late sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz gathered for his book launch at Glorietta National Book Store on Saturday. Nathanielsz wrote the book, titled "My Reflections on 50 years in the Philippines," within a span of 7 years before his death in 2016. He was born in Sri Lanka and was granted Filipino citizenship by Ferdinand Marcos in May 1973, citing his "long and continuous service to the Filipino people in the field of journalism."

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New eats: Ministry of Crab, one of Asia's top restaurants, makes waves in Manila: Published by ABS-CBN, 26 February 2019

Ministry of Crab Manila at Shangri-La at the Fort has been making waves in the local culinary scene since its opening earlier this year. To date, the restaurant continues to win diners, thanks not only to its culinary pedigree (its home branch in Sri Lanka ranks No. 25 on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants), but also because it seemingly fills a seafood culinary void in the manila food scene, especially in Bonifacio Global City.

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Sri Lanka president: Respect Duterte war on drugs: Published by Philippine Daily Inquirer, 20 January 2019

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena spent the last day of his five-day state visit to the Philippines at the Philippine National Police  headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, getting tips on the Duterte administration’s bloody campaign against drugs which he has consistently praised and expressed intent to emulate in his country.

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Sri Lanka president praises Duterte’s war on drugs: Published by Philippine Star, 20 January 2019

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena continued to heap praises on the government’s anti-illegal drug program as he visited the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Quezon City on the final leg of his five-day state visit in the country.

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