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Why do Sri Lankans have so many visa restrictions?

Is it because most Sri Lankans overstay their visa? Is it because of the civil war? Terrible diplomatic relations? Working with a tourist visa? We're not seen as much of a threat, so I really don't understand why it's happening. We're quite a welcoming country to others (Practically anyone can get in with an ETA visa), so what's this really about? I mean we're below Palestine, North Korea, and basically every underdeveloped African country in the passport ranking index, why is it really that bad for us? Besides Singapore and a couple of other places, we've got the wrong end of the deal. If you open these two links, you'll see a side-by-side comparison of our country, and Germany's visa requirements

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f5/Visa_requirements_for_German_citizens.png/800px-Visa_requirements_for_German_citizens.png

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/Visa_requirements_for_Sri_Lankan_citizens.png/800px-Visa_requirements_for_Sri_Lankan_citizens.png

It's like we don't exist. They should be targeting individuals, not countries. It's 2017, I'm sure it can't be all that bad right now. Can you guys at YAMU explain it to us a bit? You guys definitely know a lot about this than anyone else. Thankyouuxx


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The actual review of visa restrictions is based on region before its considered on a country by country basis. The review generally involves stats from people overstaying, breaking visa rules, and economic conditions of the source country and region. Srilanka unfotunately in no way exels in any area and its been declining throughout. If you take Australia for example, there are tens of thousands of people who attempted and still attempt to come by boat as economic migrants, now imagine if we had ETA or OAV all these people would have walked in and disappeared.

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indi YAMU STAFF

We had a whole (made up) netball team that disappeared into Germany. We don't have the best reputation for following visa rules

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Malinthe

Handball, actually.

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stanlyya

Is the machan movie a true story?

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Kinita

The answer is yes to all of your first few questions. Sri Lankans have a massive rate of overstays or "jumping" as its termed, working with a tourist visa, and we also have indifferent diplomatic relations. There's a dearth of great career diplomats actually working on loosening visa regulations. The lack of cohesive foreign policy is the same reason Sri Lanka misses out on a lot of "developing country" opportunities like exchanges for students, study abroad programs, and sustainable development grants too.

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Nelson

Thank you Kinita. That was very informative. I was dismissed from 3 different European exchange programs after the contracts were signed because they were unaware of the visa regulations. I really do hope things change before the future gen ends up trapping themselves inside the Sri Lankan closet.

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Xain

The ETA Visa is basically an incentive to attract tourists that was initiated by our government. It has nothing to do with reciprocacy. That being said, in my personal experience of advising on European visa applications, a Sri-Lankan applicant with the necessary documents, goes through much less scrutiny than other nationals that outrank us on the Passport Index.

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