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8 Indians engaged in IT activities arrested in Sri Lanka for misuse of tourist visa | World news

Sri Lankan immigration authorities have arrested eight Indian nationals, including one woman, for misusing their tourist visas by running an IT company in the island nation, officials said here on Tuesday.

The individuals were apprehended during a recent raid on a house by Ministry of Immigration and Emigration officials in the upscale residential area of ​​Cinnamon Gardens, where they were found working with an IT company.

The detained persons were all in possession of a tourist visa, with one person having overstayed the permitted period of stay. Working is strictly prohibited under tourist visas. The eight people detained, including one woman, would be deported once the necessary paperwork is completed, officials said.

The incident follows a similar case in mid-March, when authorities arrested 21 Indians in Negombo, a west coast resort town, for visa misuse.

India is Sri Lanka’s largest inbound tourist market. Currently, Sri Lanka offers a free visa regime for tourists from India, China, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.

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