Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, It has been an honour and indeed a privilege to welcome to Sri Lanka the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Honourable Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The visit is significant as this is the very first visit by a Foreign Minister of...
Today, June 7th, the Cabinet of Ministers approved draft legislation enabling the issuance of Certificates of Absence. The draft legislation which involves an amendment to the Registration of Deaths (Temporary Provisions) Act, No. 19 of 2010 will now be...
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the WTO in Geneva Ambassador R.D.S. Kumararatne has presented to Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of WTO the Instrument of Acceptance of the Protocol on...
Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr Rajitha Senaratne on Tuesday (24 May 2016) drew the attention of the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva to the recent floods...
About 400,000 people have been displaced while many have lost their lives following severe flooding over the last few days throughout the Island affecting 22 out of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka....
Policy Development Office (PDO) of the Prime Minister’s Office is hosting a website about rural “polas”/village fairs. The “pola” or “santhai” is a weekly village market that plays an important...
A Sri Lankan passport is valid for an overall period of 10 years from the date of issue. When a passport is more than 10 years old or there are no further pages for visa endorsements, a fresh passport must be obtained.
Application forms can be downloaded from this website. Alternately, application forms may also be obtained from the Consulate General by sending a CHF 1.00 stamped self-addressed envelope with a photocopy of the photo page of the passport.
Issuance of New Passports for Expired Passports:
New Passports are issued only by Controller /Immigration & Emigration, Colombo and the process usually takes about 8 – 12 weeks from the date of application. However, the applicants are advised to submit their applications at least about 6 months before the expiry of the current travel document.
Required Documents and Application for a new passport
Issuance of a New Passport in lieu of a Lost Passport:
A new passport in lieu of a lost passport is issued only by Controller / Immigration & Emigration, Colombo and the process usually takes about 8 – 12 weeks from the date of application.
Issuance of Passports to Children under 18 years:
Any Sri Lankan national under 18 years may wish to obtain a separate passport. New passports for under 18 years old are issued only by Controller / Immigration & Emigration, Colombo and the process usually takes about 8 – 12 weeks from the date of application.
Required Documents and Application for a new passport for under 18 years old children
Alterations and Endorsements in Passports
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka, Geneva is authorised to make certain alterations and endorsements on passports with the approval of Controller / Immigration & Emigration, Colombo. The process will take about 1 month from the date of application.
Required Documents and Application for endorsement in passport
Change of Name in Passports after Marriage:
Changing a name in a passport after marriage is considered a special alteration and the process will take 1 – 2 weeks.
Required Documents and Application for change of name after marriage in passport
Addition of children’s names in parents’ passports is done only by Controller /Immigration & Emigration, Colombo and the process usually takes about 6 - 8 weeks from the date of application.
However, Consulate General is authorised to delete children’s names from a parent’s passport.