In an effort to boost the tourism industry amid the economic crisis, the Sri Lankan government said that the island nation has extended its multiple-entry tourist visa to five years.

Tourism Minister, Harin Fernando, said that Sri Lanka now offers one-year multiple entry visas.

The country also issues single entry visas with a six-month stay period. Fernando said that the cabinet of ministers approved his proposal recently.

The Cabinet agreed to extend five-year multiple entry tourist visas for 35 countries to help boost repeat tourism in Sri Lanka. A tourist can stay in Sri Lanka for six months in one stretch with this scheme,” he said.