The Ministry of Finance has decided to abolish the system of issuing tokens through foreign agents to enter super casinos with immediate effect.
In addition, the Ministry of Finance has also proposed to impose rules that foreigners who play casino in Sri Lanka must use foreign currency.
The earlier system was where tokens were issued to foreigners engaged in casino games through agents abroad and this allowed them to deposit money in their home country and enter the casino halls in Sri Lanka.
According to reports received by the Finance Ministry, foreigners are still residing in leading hotels in Colombo and engaging in casino games daily.
Therefore, they point out that the token system would be abolished as a means of preventing the country from losing the foreign currency through this method and drawing the foreign currency to Sri Lanka.