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Sri Lanka Vietnam eye direct flights, visa relaxation

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka and Vietnam is to begin talks on relaxing visa rule and establish direct air links, following a meeting with Prime Minister of the two countries in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had discussed the possibility of starting direct flights and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had has said all facilities would be provided for the move.

"Talks on relaxing visas to promote tourism will begin soon," a statement from the Prime Minitser’s office said.

Wickremesinghe is in Vietnam to attend World Economic Forum regional event focusing on the Association of South East Asian Nations.

Sri Lanka already has direct flights to Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. SriLankans can travel visa free to Indonesia and Singapore.

Malaysia based Malindo Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia are among popular airlines used for travel between Sri Lanka and Vietnam. SriLankan Airlines also offers code share flights to Hanoi and Saigon airports, Kuala Lumpur.


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