The Director-General began her first official visit to Sri Lanka on 14 August 2016 with a circuit around the “cultural triangle”, home to several of the country’s eight World Heritage Sites. Accompanied by the Minister of Education, the Honourable Akila...
Introductory Remarks by Mangala Samaraweera, MP., Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Keynote Address by Mme. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO 16th August 2016 Ladies and gentlemen, I feel most honored today to have the opportunity of introducing to...
4 July 2016, Geneva, Switzerland - A Framework of Cooperation between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Group of Fifteen (G-15), a grouping of developing...
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, leader of the Sri Lanka delegation, addressed the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council at the presentation of the Oral Update on the...
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the Palais Wilson in Geneva on 29 June 2016.
Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana, Mr. Mano Tittawella, Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating...
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.