Hmmmm... August-September we had some headaches with plans to have tourists all of a sudden apply for visa BEFORE going to Lanka. Was 'canceled' within 3 hours, luckily, but things are still brewing. See
Read especially the sentence with "online visa regime, which will replace the current system of visas on arrival in the country" and the next one.
So it looks like within a year again NO visa-on-arrival and NO 'free lunch' anymore, but at least a convenient way of getting the visa. Whether this will obstruct tourism in a major way or not will depend on the cost of the visa me thinks....
At your service, and despite of this a happy Lankan 2011 wished to all of you,
<Erik> & [Sandya]