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...
Those who wish to visit Sri Lanka on diplomatic / official purposes should obtain a diplomatic / official visa before leaving for Sri Lanka, irrespective the length of their stay. They should forward the following documents to the Consulate to obtain prior approval from Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo, minimum 3 weeks prior to the visit.
Document required for diplomatic/official Visas:
1. Note Verbale issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the applicant’s country or
the official institution represented by the applicant
2. A dully filled and signed visa application (click here to download the Visa Application).
3. One recent passport size colour photo
4. A valid passport or laissez-passer with at least one unused visa page.
The passport / laissez-passer should be valid for at least six months from the date of
entry into Sri Lanka
5. Applicants, who are not Swiss passport holders should produce a valid Residence Permit in
Diplomatic / official visas are issued on gratis basis, after obtaining prior approval from Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo and in consultation with the Department of Immigration & Emigration in Colombo.
Diplomatic / official passport holders should not apply tourist ETA for their official visits or to engage in any official assignment in Sri Lanka.
Diplomatic and Official passport holders should follow the normal ETA application procedure for their personal visits.