Sri Lanka’s President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has initiated an investigation into the recent directive issued to Russian and Ukrainian tourists, instructing them to leave the country within 14 days. The notification, reportedly issued without prior Cabinet approval, has raised concerns and prompted an official inquiry.

The Sri Lankan government has not officially decided to revoke the visa extensions previously granted to Russian and Ukrainian tourists, leading to confusion and uncertainty among the affected individuals. This order follows media reports highlighting the unexpected notice, causing alarm among the tourists affected.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Security reiterates that NO decision has been taken to ask Russian & Ukrainian tourists to leave the country within 14 days as per the notification issued. Accordingly a thorough investigation will be carried out.

Sources reveal that the Department of Immigration and Emigration granted a 14-day window, starting from Friday (February 23, 2024), for Russian and Ukrainian tourists who have been residing in Sri Lanka for an extended period to depart. The decision is rooted in concerns over foreign tourists allegedly engaging in illegal business activities within the country. (