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Drive in to Sri Lanka and drive out. No kidding

india Updated: Jul 08, 2011 11:34 IST

Drive in your car or SUV on board a Colombo bound ferry from Tuticorin and drive it out in the streets of that city - that's a new service for tourists to scenic Sri Lanka, courtesy a ferry service.

This drive-in, drive-out facility will be on offer for passengers on board "Scotia Prince", a service launched between the two countries last month, Flemingo Liners general manager V Ponnappa said.

He said passengers owning a car or a Sports Utility Vehicle should obtain the mandatory "Carnet de Passage" document from the Automobile Association of India (AAI), costing around Rs 5000. "After reaching Sri Lanka, they have to obtain temporary registration from the local automobile association to go around the country on their own vehicle", he told PTI.

There are no restrictions on the type of car one could take to Sri Lanka, he said, adding, the vehicles need to be checked in as registered baggage, which can be claimed after arriving at the destination.

Two passengers from Australia had already availed the service after obtaining the certificate from the Australian Automobile Association, Ponnappa said.

"This is an exciting new feature for Indian travellers wishing to use their own vehicles. We are happy to add a new dimension in the travel itinerary and hope this will open up an entirely new category of clientele to Sri Lanka", he said.