Hundreds of Sri Lankan students who had obtained scholarships to universities in various European countries have been seriously inconvenienced as a result of the covid outbreak.
There is only a small number of EU embassies established in Sri Lanka, and to obtain visas to travel to other countries, Sri Lankans have to visit the embassies of other nations in India. Since the visa processing periods have been extended and delayed due to the covid outbreak, hundreds of Sri Lankan students who have received scholarships for university studies in European countries are unable to obtain relevant visas.
Indian sources said that although India has not banned Sri Lankan tourists, there is a delay in issuing visas to enter the country due to the prevailing covid situation. Sources said that visas will be issued for a number of special categories, including university students, but it will take some time.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan businessmen who are planning to travel to European countries for various business activities have not been able to obtain visas due to the same situation.
Sri Lankan students who have earned scholarships to study at European institutions are asking the authorities to resolve the problem diplomatically and allow them to begin their studies.