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Sri Lanka tourist drivers, guides to get cash grant after Covid-19 hit

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist guides and drivers registered with a state tourism agency will get a one off payment as part of relief measures approved by the Cabinet of Ministers as the sector reels from the Coronavirus crisis.

Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority will make a one-off 20,000 rupee payment to tour guides registered with the agency and 15,000 rupees to drivers, the state information said.

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority charges fees from hotels and has its own funds.

The cabinet had also approved a proposal to not to disconnect power or electricity bills incurred between March 01 and August 01 and allow the bills to be paid in 12 equal monthly installments. Both electricity and power are provided by state agencies.

Sri Lanka is planning to open tourism to foreigners without quarantine but with multiple Coronavirus tests and pre-boarding Covid-19 negative test and a 100 dollar visa fee.

Sri Lanka closed airports for foreigners on March 19 to contain a Coronavirus crisis (Colombo/June11/2020)