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    Sri Lanka ends visas for hundreds of thousands of Russians staying there to avoid war

    Sri Lanka has told hundreds of thousands of Russians and some Ukrainians staying in the country to escape the war that they must leave in the next two weeks, immigration officers said.


    The immigration controller issued a notice to the tourism ministry asking Russian and Ukrainian people staying on extended tourist visas to leave Sri Lanka within two weeks from 23 February.


    Just over 288,000 Russians and nearly 20,000 Ukrainians have traveled to Sri Lanka in the last two years since the war began, according to official data.


    Commissioner-General of Immigration said the “government is not granting further visa extensions” as the “flight situation has now normalised”.


    However, the office of president Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered an investigation of the notice to the tourism ministry in an apparent bid to prevent diplomatic tensions.


    The president’s office said that the notice had been issued without prior cabinet approval and the government had not officially decided to revoke the visa extensions, reported the Sri Lankan newspaper Daily Mirror.


    The exact number of visitors who extended their stay beyond the typical 30-day tourist visa duration remains unclear.

    However, concerns have been raised over thousands of Russians and a smaller number of Ukrainians staying in the country for an extended period of time and even setting up their own restaurants and nightclubs.


    Tourism minister Harin Fernando told Daily Mirror that the ministry has been receiving complaints of some Russian tourists running unregistered and illegal businesses in the southern part of the country.


    Raids were conducted by the authorities following discussions with the Immigration Department, he said.


    It comes amid a furious social media backlash over Russian-run businesses with a “whites only” policy that strictly bars locals. These businesses include bars, restaurants, water sports and vehicle hiring services.


    In a bid to boost tourism and recover from its worst economic crisis since 2022, Sri Lanka began granting 30-days visas on arrival and extensions for up to six months.


    In April 2022, the nation defaulted on its $46bn (£36 bn) foreign debt. The economic crisis triggered violent street protests for several months and ultimately culminated in the resignation of then-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa three months later.

    Sri Lanka ends visas for hundreds of thousands of Russians staying there to avoid war

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    no problem


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    Get ready, Pattaya.

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    Indeed, the thais will be waiting for them with open arms, (and legs), and dreaming of all the money to be made from this tsunami of russian scum about to wash up on the shores.

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    The Wong Amat condo association will be ready to welcome the influx of Russians. Sausages will be overjoyed.
    Last edited by aging one; 27-02-2024 at 08:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    The Wong Amat condo association will be ready to welcome the influx of Russians. Sausages will be overjoyed.
    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Get ready, Pattaya.
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Indeed, the thais will be waiting for them with open arms, (and legs), and dreaming of all the money to be made from this tsunami of russian scum about to wash up on the shores.

    The three of you oughta to be ashamed. Let’s show sausages a little more empathy. The numbers of turds bobbing in cerulean seas, adding to the pungent stench of the zephyrs flitting over the wave tops will disturb his daily tepid tea as he boils that these Russians ousting him from restaurants and bars that prefer paying customers are actually just having fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Get ready, Pattaya.
    *Chortle*

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    The Wong Amat condo association will be ready to welcome the influx of Russians. Sausages will be overjoyed.
    He'll probably be OK though, they only like the luxury end of the market.

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