Consular Services

New Consular Schedule (Revised) 01.07.2019

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad-Pakistan, provides Consular services such as services relating to Passports, Visas, Registration of Births etc to persons residing in Pakistan and other concurrently accredited countries which include Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Accordingly all requests for Consular services form those residing in Pakistan should be addressed to the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad and Contact details of the High Commission is available under “contact us” in the main menu of this website.


1. Apply for  a New passport
2. Issuance of Visas
3. Registration of Births
4. Registration of Marriages
5. Apply for a Police Clearance Certificate
6. Certification, Authentication and Attestation of Documents

If you wish to contact this High Commission by telephone, fax or e-mail  for further  information you may use the contact details given under  “contact” in the main menu of this website.

Telephone inquiries about Consular Services,

Call between 9:00 am to12.00 pm – Monday to Friday.

Apply for a New Passport

High Commission is issuing new passports for following categories.

1. To apply for a new Sri Lankan Passport
2. To apply for a new Sri Lankan Passport (Minor – Age under 16)
3. To apply for a new Passport (Lost or Stolen)
4. To apply for an Emergency Passport (NMRPs)

Alterations or Amendments of a passport

1. Alteration or amendment to a Passport – Change of name
2. Alteration or amendment to a Passport – Change of profession

1. Eligibility:  A Sri Lankan citizen can apply for a new passport or passport renewal, while he is in another country, through the Sri Lankan mission in that country or in the nearest country (where a Sri Lankan misssion is not available in the resident country). These applications are processed by the Overseas Missions Branch at Immigration Head Office.

2. Validity:  For 10 yearsand cannot be extended.

3. Where to apply?  Forward your application to the Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad or to the Consulate General Office in Karachi.

4. When to apply?  On expire of 10 years validity of the existing passport OR pages being exhausted OR physically damaged passport OR for a new born baby.
In the case of lost or Stolen passport, different application process will apply.

4. How long will this take?  The issuing authority is the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka Colombo. Therefore, the total processing time for a new passport is 8-12 weeks, from the date of submission of the completed application along with the all the required documents, Usually the High Commission will forward complete applications to the ‘Department’, once a month by Diplomatic bag.

4. What is the procedure for submitting Biometrics for passports?  The collection of biometrics (fingerprints and digital facial image) from passport applicants has been made mandatory with effect from 1stJanuary 2018 by the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka.

All Sri Lankans between the ages 16-60 years applying for a Sri Lankan Passport through the High Commission/Consulate General Office will be required to provide bio metric data to the Department of Immigration and Emigration upon his /her first entry to Sri Lanka.

Please note that departure from Sri Lanka will be allowed only after completion of this requirement.

What is the procedure for Biometric Collection upon arrival in Sri Lanka?

On arrival in Sri Lanka you should directly report to the Chief Immigration Officer and he will issue a system generated Biometric Data Acquisition Form in duplicate with a unique reference number along with a guidance note.

The applicant has to fill and sign the Form in duplicate and produce it to the Senior Authorized Officer at the collection desk. One copy of the BDA will be returned to the applicant, to be produced to the Department at the time of biometric enrolment.

Please note that the biometrics cannot be provided at the airport prior to departure

How to avoid delays in submitting this information?  You may have an appointment for fingerprints submission via online reservation system; www.immigration.gov.lk. BDA form should be submitted form to the Overseas Mission Division of the DIE headquarters at Battaramulla or to one of the regional offices.

Important facts

No payment is required for biometrics; Completion of biometric enrolment process will take approximately 45 minutes; The Applicants who successfully complete this process will be issued a confirmation form; After completion of this process, the system will be automatically activated/updated facilitating the departure of the applicant from Sri Lanka; Biometric enrolment process will not change information contained in the passport; Passport Application form K-I.M35 has been revised to include client Undertaking Section [CUS-section 20]. This section has to be signed by the applicant; Application will not be accepted without the signature of the applicant under any circumstances.

steps to be taken and documents required to be submitted to apply for a new passport.

1. Application form

Form K- I.E. 35 with 01 copy Can be downloaded from, www.immigration.gov.lk (Note : Please read the instructions carefully before filling the application form)

2. Current Passport

with 02 photocopies of data page and alteration page

3. Original birth certificate

(If the applicant was born in Sri Lanka only) With 02 photocopies (Birth Certificates issued by the Registrar General, District Registrar, Divisional Registrar only.) Photocopies certified by third parties and translations will not be accepted by the Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka.)

4. Original Citizenship certificate

(If the applicant was born outside Sri Lanka only) with 02 photocopies, (issued by the Citizenship Division of the Department of Immigration & Emigration in Sri Lanka OR a copy of the payment receipt for Citizenship (Sri Lankan citizenship applied and pending) registration.
Note : If an applicant born outside Sri Lanka and has reached 21 years, he/she should submit the Citizenship Certificate with the endorsement in the reverse side of the certificate, regarding the applicant’s continuation of Sri Lankan nationality.

5. Original Marriage certificate (ONLY in the case of name change consequent to marriage)

with 02 photocopies (applicable to female applicants)

6. In case of Divorce and if spouse wishes to continue her married name in the new passport

02 photocopies of the court order

7. National Identity Card (NIC)

02 certified photocopies if NIC is available

8. If the applicant is a dual citizen

With 02 photocopies of dual citizenship certificate and data page of foreign passport

9. If the applicant desires to include his / her Profession in the Passport

With 02 photocopies of the professional or educational certificates with originals

10. If the applicant desires to include his/her Job/ Occupation

A recently obtained service letter, signed by an authorized officer or a valid contract document [original]

11. If the applicant desires to include his/her status as a Student

The enrolment letter from the University/Institute/College/School [original]

12. If the applicant is a member of the Buddhist clergy

Certificate of Higher ordination (Upasampada Sahathikaya) in addition to the Birth Certificate

15. Visa Holders in Countries other than Pakistan

02 photocopies of currant visa page of his/her passport

16. Request letter with all contact details

Address, telephone number, and email address, enabling High Commission to contact applicant speedily.

17. Applicable fees Within Pakistan

Pak Rs 15000.00

19. Payment method

If the applicant physically visits the High Commission or Consulate office, he/she can pay by Cash.
Note: Credit/ATM/Debit cards AND personal or Company cheques will not be accepted.

20. Special Notes (Important)


In case of expired passports, an additional fee will be added for each year from the date of expiry;
Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt;
Translations will not be accepted as originals;
All photocopies should be on A4 size paper;
High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant
If a deletion of child’s name from parent’s passport is required; parent’s passport must be submitted.
Parents, who are also applying for a new passport along with their child/children, do not need to delete the child’s details from their passports, since parents will be issued with a new passport.

An applicant who is below the age of 16 years, and if he/she is a bona fide Sri Lankan citizen by descent or by registration.
Valid for 03 years unless otherwise specified.
Forward your application to the following respective offices, closest to your place of residence.
Holder of Permanent Residence (PR) Certificate OR valid visa.
On expire of 10 years validity of the existing passport, pages being exhausted, physically damaged passport, or for a new born baby.
(In the case of lost or stolen passport, different application procedure will apply. Please see Lost or Stolen Passport Application section.)
The issuing authority is the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka Colombo. Therefore, the total processing time for a new passport is 8-12 weeks, from the date of submission of the completed application.
Usually the High Commission will forward complete applications to the ‘Department’, once a Month by Diplomatic bag.

Documents needed

Application form

Form K-LM.35 with 01 copy Can be downloaded from, www.immigration.gov.lk
(Please note that this is deferent to the application for over 16 years of age)
(Note : Please read the instructions carefully before filling the application form)

If the minor has a Current Passport,

with 02 photocopies of data page and alteration page

Original birth certificate

(If the applicant was born in Sri Lanka only) With 02 photocopies (Birth Certificates issued by the Registrar General, District Registrar, Divisional Registrar only. (Photocopies certified by a third parties and translations will not be accepted by the Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka.)

Original Citizenship certificate,

(If the applicant was born outside Sri Lanka only) with 02 photocopies, issued by the Citizenship Division of the Department of Immigration & Emigration in Sri Lanka OR a copy of the payment receipt for Citizenship (Sri Lankan citizenship applied and pending) registration will be accepted.
Note: If an applicant born outside Sri Lanka and has reached 21 years, he/she should submit the Citizenship Certificate with the endorsement in the reverse side of the certificate, regarding the applicant’s continuation of Sri Lankan nationality.

Consent letter signed by both parents

A letter (addressed to Controller General/Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka) with signatures of both parents stating that they have no objection to issue a separate passport to their child. (Written in English OR Sinhala OR Tamil)

Parents’ passport copies

02 copies each of both parents’ bio page of the passports,Alteration and Observation pages and Children pages of the both parents and parents visa. (Copy of the VEVO or original visa pages)

Original marriage certificate of parents with 02 photo copies

(If parent are divorced, divorced certificate/court decision together with the custody of the child/children) (if death of a parent, original of the death certificate)

Adopted children

he certificate of adoption, the court order and a letter of the Commissioner of Probation and Child care.

If the applicant is a dual citizen

02 photocopies of dual citizenship certificate and data page of foreign passport

If the applicant desires to include his/her Profession in the Passport

02 photocopies of the professional or educational certificates with originals

If the applicant desires to include his/her Job/ Occupation

A recently obtained service letter, signed by an authorised officer or a valid contract document [original]

If the applicant desires to include his/her status as a Student

A letter from the University/Institute/College/School [original] should be attached

If the applicant is a member of the Buddhist clergy

Certificate of Higher ordination (Upasampada Sahathikaya) in addition to the Birth Certificate

Request letter with all contact details

Address, telephone number, and email address, enabling High Commission to contact applicant speedily.

Applicable fees

PKRs. 15000.00

Payment method

If the applicant physically visits the High Commission or Consulate offices, he/she can pay by Cash.
Note: Credit /Debit cards AND personal or Company cheques will not be accepted.
Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt.



Translations will not be accepted as originals;
All photocopies should be on A4 size paper;
High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant;
The High Commission is unable to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/ courier.
Who can certify the above documents: Hon Consul/Solicitor/JP/Medical Practitioner [GP] can certify above documents? All services provided by Honorary Consuls are free of charge as their services are provided on an honorary basis.

Few important tips to avoid unnecessary delays

Name in the Passport:

Passport will be issued in the name given on the Original Sri Lankan Birth Certificate, unless a name change has been done by the Registrar General in Sri Lanka under the item 13 in the birth certificate. Change of name done abroad or the current usage of a different name in documents issued by an organization/institute/foreign government will not be taken into consideration.



Can be downloaded from, www.immigration.gov.lk
(Please note that this is deferent to the application for over 16 years of age)
(Note : Please read the instructions carefully before filling the application form)
If the minor has a Current Passport,
with 02 photocopies of data page and alteration page
Original birth certificate (If the applicant was born in Sri Lanka only)
With 02 photocopies (Birth Certificates issued by the Registrar General, District Registrar, Divisional Registrar only.
(Photocopies certified by a third parties and translations will not be accepted by the Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka.)
Original Citizenship certificate, (If the applicant was born outside Sri Lanka only)
with 02 photocopies, issued by the Citizenship Division of the Department of Immigration & Emigration in Sri Lanka OR a copy of the payment receipt for Citizenship (Sri Lankan citizenship applied and pending) registration will be accepted.
Note: If an applicant born outside Sri Lanka and has reached 21 years, he/she should submit the Citizenship Certificate with the endorsement in the reverse side of the certificate, regarding the applicant’s continuation of Sri Lankan nationality.
Consent letter signed by both parents
A letter (addressed to Controller General/Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka) with signatures of both parents stating that they have no objection to issue a separate passport to their child. (Written in English OR Sinhala OR Tamil)
Parents’ passport copies
02 copies each of both parents’ bio page of the passports,Alteration and Observation pages and Children pages of the both parents and parents visa. (Copy of the VEVO or original visa pages)
Original marriage certificate of parents with 02 photo copies
(If parent are divorced, divorced certificate/court decision together with the custody of the child/children)
(if death of a parent, original of the death certificate)
Adopted children The certificate of adoption, the court order and a letter of the Commissioner of Probation and Child care.
If the applicant is a dual citizen
02 photocopies of dual citizenship certificate and data page of foreign passport
If the applicant desires to include his/her Profession in the Passport
02 photocopies of the professional or educational certificates with originals
If the applicant desires to include his/her Job/ Occupation
A recently obtained service letter, signed by an authorised officer or a valid contract document [original]
If the applicant desires to include his/her status as a Student
A letter from the University/Institute/College/School [original] should be attached
If the applicant is a member of the Buddhist clergy
Certificate of Higher ordination (Upasampada Sahathikaya) in addition to the Birth Certificate
Request letter with all contact details
Address, telephone number, and email address, enabling High Commission to contact applicant speedily.
Applicable fees
PKRs. 15000.00
Payment method
If the applicant physically visits the High Commission or Consulate offices, he/she can pay by Cash.
Note: Credit /Debit cards AND personal or Company cheques will not be accepted.
Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt.
Translations will not be accepted as originals;
All photocopies should be on A4 size paper;
High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant;
The High Commission is unable to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/ courier.
Who can certify the above documents: Hon Consul/Solicitor/JP/Medical Practitioner [GP] can certify above documents? All services provided by Honorary Consuls are free of charge as their services are provided on an honorary basis.
Few important tips to avoid unnecessary delays
Name in the Passport:
Passport will be issued in the name given on the Original Sri Lankan Birth Certificate, unless a name change has been done by the Registrar General in Sri Lanka under the item 13 in the birth certificate.
Change of name done abroad or the current usage of a different name in documents issued by an organization/institute/foreign government will not be taken into consideration.
Permanent Address: Provide your current address with post code.
Photograph:
x 3.5cm size three (03) colour photographs taken in the preceding three months from the date of submission of application are required. The photographs should be clear with full front face, both ears clearly visible and without spectacles or head dress and must be taken against a light colour background. Photos that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be accepted.
Out of the three (03) colour photographs, affix first photograph in the box given in the (up-right hand side) first page of the application.
Affix the second photograph in box given in the left hand side of the second page of the application form.
Affix the third photograph in the box given in the right hand side of the second page of the application. This photograph must be attested by a Justice of Peace, a practicing Medical Officer, Solicitor or Consular Officer of Sri Lanka. The attestation seal and signature of the attester must cross the photograph as well as application form. (Please see the specimen application given)
Signature of applicant: Signature of the applicant has to be placed inside both cages without touching the border of the cage.
For minors who are unable to sign, parents can write a part of the child’s name in the signature cages. (Parents must not place their signature or their name)
Declaration of the applicant: Applicant must fill and sign the declaration. If the applicant is unable to sign, a parent can be sign the declaration.
Certificate regarding the applicant: Attester (Honorary Consul/JP/ GP/ Solicitor) must fill and sign this part.

1. Eligibility:  An applicant who is a bona-fide Sri Lankan citizen by descent or by registration.
2. Validity:  Valid for 03 months and one way document ONLY to return to Sri Lanka.
3. Criteria:  An NMRP can be applied ONLY under the following emergency circumstances: T
he passport is lost or stolen and the applicant needs to leave for Sri
Lanka urgently.
An emergency has occurred (need to prove the emergency with original documents as evidence) while an application for a new passport has already been submitted and is pending.

Steps to be taken

Emergency Circumstance Catogary 1

(When the passport is lost or stolen)
Application Form K – I.M. 35
Can be downloaded from, www.immigration.gov.lk
Note : Please read the instructions carefully before filling the application form
Form D in duplicate
Statutory Declaration 
Stolen or lost passport complaint form
Police Report 
Personal declaration (letter with applicant’s signature) stating the circumstances in which the passport was lost or stolen, including all contact details
Personal data page of lost or stolen passport 

Emergency circumstance Catogary 2

(An emergency has occurred while an application has already been submitted for a New Passport and is pending)

Application form – Form IM 35
Can be downloaded from, www.immigration.gov.lk
Note : (Please read the instructions carefully before filling the application form)
Request letter stating the circumstances and addressed to Controller General/Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka, including all contact details 
All original evidences to support the case (Documentary evidence signed by authorised officers or institutions in Sri Lanka, with contact details stating the emergency).
Note:  If the, evidence is not sufficient or unsatisfactory, the application may be rejected.
Details of the pending application already submitted for a New Passport 
Original copy of the Travel itinerary
Six (06) passport size colour photographs
Original Birth Certificate with 02 Photocopies
National Identity Card (if available) with two copies
Sri Lankan Citizenship Certificate – if applicable
Evidence of Visa status of residing country

Applicable fee
4500.00 PKRs. For each Passport

Payment method
If the applicant physically visits the High Commission or Consulate office, he/she can pay by Cash.
Note: Credit/ATM/Debit cards AND personal or Company cheques will not be accepted.

Special Notes (Important)
Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt;
Translations will not be accepted as originals;
All photocopies should be on A4 size paper;
High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant
If the applicant needs to send/receive documents (by express courier service or speed post etc.) on an urgent basis, he/she must organize them independently.
The High Commission is unable to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/courier.

the procedure if the passport is Lost or Stolen.

If the passport is lost or stolen, it is the owner’s responsibility to inform the concerned authorities immediately. Failure to do so may result in the lost or stolen passport being used for illegal activities and the owner may be liable for aiding and abetting an offence.
Sri Lankan Diplomatic Mission or Consulate transmits to the Department of Immigration& Emigration in Sri Lanka the details of the stolen or lost passports for cancellation.
Passport reported lost or stolen can no longer be used for travel. The details of cancellation will be automatically shared worldwide to avoid misuse. The owner must not use the lost or stolen passport again, even if it is found subsequently, especially after making a complaint. The owner is strongly advised to obtain a new passport immediately to avoid inconvenience.

If a lost or stolen passport is found, it should immediate be transmitted to the High Commission or nearest Consulate office OR to the following address in Sri Lanka;
Lost / Stolen Passport Desk
Department of Immigration and Emigration
“Suhurupaya”, Sri Subhuthipura Road,
Battaramulla.
Sri Lanka.
Forward your application to the High Commission in Islamabad OR Consulate General Office Karachi.

The issuing authority is the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka Colombo. Therefore, the total processing time for a new passport is 8-12 weeks, from the date of submission of the completed application. Usually the High Commission forward completed application to the ‘Department’, once a week by Diplomatic bag.

Steps to be taken immediately by the owner of the lost or stolen passport &
checklist for a new document

Making a Complaint Immediately
make a complaint to the local police station and obtain a Police Report.

Lost or stolen passport holder has Two options

Option 1
Applying for an emergency / identity document –
This is a one way document, ONLY to return to Sri Lanka, which is valid for 03 months.
Note: In this case the applicant must apply for a Non Machine Readable Passport (NMRP). Please apply under “CBR 004- Emergency Passport/Non Machine Readable Passport (NMRP)” section.

Option 2
Applying for a new passport
Note: In this case, all specific requirements for applying for a “New Sri Lankan Passport” will apply in addition to the requirements given below)

Apply a new passport
Application Form K – I.E. 35A
Can be downloaded from, www.immigration.gov.lk

Form D in duplicate
Statutory Declaration
Stolen or lost passport complaint form
Police Report
(Police report must contain the lost/stolen passport number)
Personal declaration (letter with applicant’s signature) stating the circumstances in which the passport was lost or stolen, including all contact details Personal data page of lost or stolen passport (If available)
Applicable fee (if a copy of the personal data page of lost or stolen Passport is available) = PKRs. 15000.00

Payment method
If the applicant physically visits the High Commission or Consulate offices, he/she can pay by Cash. Note: Credit/ATM/Debit cards AND personal or Company cheques will not be accepted.

Special Notes (Important)
Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt;
Translations will not be accepted as originals;
All photocopies should be on A4 size paper;
High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant
If a deletion of child’s name from parent’s passport is required; parent’s passport must be submitted.
Parents, who are also applying for a new passport along with their child/children, do not need to delete the child’s details from their passports, since parents will be issued with a new passport.
The High Commission is unable to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/courier.

Contact Numbers / Regional Offices of the Department of Immigration and Emigration:

Working hours 8.00 am - 2.00pm – Monday to Friday except public holidays.

Colombo  –  Overseas Missions Division
2nd Floor,
Department of Immigration and Emigration,
‘Suhurupaya’
Sri Subhuthipura Road,
Battaramulla.
Tel. +94 11 5329230

Matara        –       No.9
Sri Vijaya Builiding,
Rahula Road,
Matara.
Tel. +94 415412212

Kandy          –       42/3
Sangaraja Mawatha,
Kandy
Tel. + 94 81 5624470, +94 81 5624509

Vavuniya     –       JC 23,
Outer Circle Road,
Vavuniya
Tel. +94 25 5676344

Kurunegala –       129,
Dambulla Road,
Kurunegala 
Tel. +94 37 5550562 +94 37 5550563

The competent authority for issuing Sri Lankan visas is the Department of Immigration and Emigration. On behalf of the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Sri Lanka diplomatic missions abroad have been authorized to issue visas.

Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration may grant or issue a visa to you if –

Sri Lanka Immigration & Emigration is satisfied that you are bona fide visitor/tourist.
Sri Lanka Immigration & Emigration approves the purpose for which you are entering Sri Lanka.
You hold a recognized passport valid for a minimum period of six months from the date you arrive in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Immigration & Emigration is satisfied that you have adequate funds for your maintenance whilst in Sri Lanka and for the payment of your return passage to the country which issued your passport.
You are in possession of a written assurance (ticket) to return to the country of domicile or a visa to the next country of destination if you are a visit visa holder.

The ETA requirement is applicable to all nationalities except nationals of the Republic of Maldives, the Republic of Singapore and the Republic of Seychelles, who on the basis of reciprocity, are exempt from this requirement.

Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is the Online Visa Applying System of the Department of Immigration & Emigration (DI&E) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
For a Short Visit to Sri Lanka, travellers should obtain an ETA with effect from 1st of January 2012.
On the basis of reciprocity, citizens of The Republic of Singapore, The Republic of Maldives and The Republic of Seychelles are exempt from the requirement of obtaining ETA to visit Sri Lanka.
The issuing authority of the ETA is the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Persons intending to visit Sri Lanka can apply for ETA online. In addition to this option, an applicant may also go for one of the alternative options.
Diplomatic and Official passport holders are exempt from ETA processing fee, only when their applications are submitted through the state agencies such as Ministries, Statutory Bodies, Sri Lanka Overseas Missions etc.
The ETA is initially limited to 30 days validity from the date of arrival although it may be extended for up to six (06) months.

Forward your application to the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad or othervise you can apply by your self via online ETA System.

With effect from 1st January 2012, all Holiday or Business travellers must obtain Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka.
Please visit the official web site, http://www.eta.gov.lk for apply and for more information.

Special Notice:
All payments for applying visas for ETA MUST be made ONLY through the official website; http://www.eta.gov.lk.
It has been found that some third party agents apply visa through ETA on behalf of their clients and collect visa fees. The Government of Sri Lanka has no control over these transactions.

Visa can be applied online, OR by physically submitting an application to the High Commission in Islamabad or Consulate Office in Karachi.

NOTE :
Sri Lankan dual citizens.
Children whose birth has been registered under section 5(2) of Citizenship Act – 1948 in Sri Lanka and is below 21 years of age.
Children below 21 years of age born in Sri Lanka to Sri Lankan parents

are eligible for Visa Exemptions.

There are two major (02) types visa for Sri Lanka
Visit visa ( Tourist visa & Business purpose visa)
Residence Visa

Visit Visa

A Visit Visa is an entry permit signifying the consent of the Sri Lankan Government for the admission of a foreign national to the country.  The Visa contains details of the period of time and condition/s of stay.
There are two (02) sub-categories which come under visit visas:-

Tourist Visa

A Tourist Visa is issued to bona-fide tourists who want to enter Sri Lanka for sightseeing, excursions, relaxation, visit relatives or yoga training for a short period of time up to 03 months.

Note:
Any person arriving in Sri Lanka by Cruise ship and wants to enter the country must obtain Tourist visa prior to travel.
ETA Transit visa for Sri Lanka is only for transit purposes and will not be permitted go out from the arrival point in Sri Lanka.
If you have ALREADY obtained ETA Transit visa for Sri Lanka and INTEND to go out from the arrival point, the most sensible thing is to first CANCEL your ETA Transit visa and APPLY for fresh Tourist visa.  (This would not be a difficult task).

Business Purpose Visa

A Business Purpose Visa is issued to foreign nationals who visit Sri Lanka for business purposes for a short period of time. This visa may be issued for single, double or multiple journeys.
Steps to be taken to apply for Tourist Visit  OR  Business Visit Visa & the checklist
Applying through Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system
Please log into http://www.eta.gov.lk
(Note: This system is easy, fast and convenient)

Important ; D
ecision will be given usually within 2 working days. If not, you may log in to http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/center, and go to the “check status”; to check the status of your visa application.
If the visa has been approved please take a print out of that page and carry when you travel to Sri Lanka
ETA Visa (Tourist /Business / Gratis) is valid only for the applicant to enter into Sri Lanka within 180 days, from the date of approval.
On line ETA facility is not available for visits for the following purposes;
To participate in Media/Journalist related conferences, workshops or seminars etc.
To engage in Meetings, Seminars, Conferences etc. with Political parties and/or groups
To engage in activities carried out by NGOs or INGOs-
Approval from the appropriate Sri Lanka Government authorities should be obtained if purpose of travel is any of the above mentioned.
Potential applicants may obtain the relevant visa by submitting proof of evidence [Ex. invitation issued by respective authority, agreements signed between parties etc.] from the closest Sri Lanka Overseas Mission or from the Visa Section of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo for the above purposes.
When the applicant submit a visa application to the High Commission or Consulate Office physically.
Duly filled respective Visa application forms
Form for Tourist
Form for Business
Original Passport with more than 06 months validity from the intended date of arrival
02 Photographs
Travel Itinerary and address and the telephone number of the place of accommodation. (hotel vouchers and bills)
Returned air ticket
For business purpose Letter of invitation or business agreement with counterpart in Sri Lanka”.
This should include recommendation, details of the status of the applicant, nature of business, duration of stay, availability of funds, details of the party in Sri Lanka
For children less than 16 years of age travel alone:
In addition to above requirements must provide consent letter from both parents, copy of parents’ marriage certificate, copies of parents passports

Visa fees for 30 days

Processing time 6 to 8 working days
For Tourists purpose
Pakistan passports with double entry PkRs 2050.00
For Business Purpose
Pakistan passports with Double / multiple entry PkRs 3100.00

Visa fees for 90 days

Processing time 6 to 8 working days
For Tourists purpose
Pakistan passports with double entry PkRs 2260.00
For Business Purpose
Pakistan passports with double entry PkRs 3310.00

Payment method

If the applicant physically visits the High Commission or Consulate offices, he/she can pay by Cash.
Note: Credit/ATM/Debit cards AND personal or Company cheques will not be accepted.

Residence Visa

A residence visa is a permit for a non-Sri Lankan to obtain residence facilities for special purposes. There are sub-categories which come under residence visas –
Employment Category
Investor category
Religious category
Student Category
Registered Indians covered by the 1954 Indo-Lanka Agreement
Ex-Sri Lankans and their dependents
Family members of a Sri Lankan
Diplomatic and Official visa
My dream home visa programme
Residence guest visa programme

Steps to be taken

In this case, the visa process should originate from Sri Lanka-end by the individual/institution who/which sponsor/facilitate the applicant. The concerned individual/institution in Sri Lanka should submit the application for residence visa on behalf of the applicant directly to the Controller General/Immigration and Emigration (CG/I & E) of Sri Lanka.
If the CG/ I & E approve the completed application form, they will then authorize the Sri Lanka High Commission or Consulate offices to issue entry visa (valid for 30 day) to the applicant. An entry visa allows one entry into the country and is valid for 30 days only. The applicant should then contact the High Commission or relevant consulate office to obtain the entry visa.
Upon arrival in Sri Lanka the applicant must visit/contact the Immigration and Emigration Department of Sri Lanka to obtain his/her residence visa.

ETA for Official and Diplomatic passport holders

Diplomatic and Official passport holders if travelling for a purpose listed below are also expected to apply online for ETA. However if they are travelling on official government business other than the purposes indicated below, they need to apply through the Sri Lanka High Commission/CG. If they are travelling for private purpose, issuance of ETA on gratis basis will be considered on the basis of reciprocity.
Visiting friends and relatives
Tourism/ Sightseeing/ Holiday
Medical treatment
Participation in sports, cultural performances
Business meeting
Conference, workshops& Seminars
Short training
Participation in art, music and dance performance/workshops

Documents required:

Duly filled application – Download ETA Application for Official/Diplomatic Purpose
A valid passport with a photocopy (six months validity is required from the date of arrival)
Formal note [TPN] from the respective government stating the purpose of visit
Applicable return postage. If needed, courier service should be arranged by the applicant.
Applicable visa Fee

Transit Visa

A Transit Visa is an entry permit granted to a foreign national for admission into Sri Lanka for a brief period which is incidental and in the course of his journey to another destination.
Please note that if you do not exit the airport during your transit, a transit visa is not required.
The applicants themselves or a third party on their behalf can apply for a transit ETA by submitting an ETA application online via the ETA website www.eta.gov.lk
However, if you wish our High Commission to submit your ETA online application on your behalf or if you are unable to submit the online application through the ETA website due to technical reasons, please hand over your dully completed application form which can be downloaded from www.slhcpakistan.org website, to us together with other required documents mentioned, for the process of obtaining ETA approval.
Transit visa is FREE up to 2 working days.

Gratis Visa

Holders of diplomatic or official passports visiting Sri Lanka for official purposes can apply for visa at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad.
Visas will be issued free of charge by the High Commission, for diplomatic and official passport holders traveling to Sri Lanka for official purposes.
Please note that diplomatic and official passport holders traveling to Sri Lanka for other purposes must follow the relevant application procedure.

Visa for Foreign Media Personal and Filming Crew

Sri Lanka has a long standing democratic tradition and therefore respects the freedom of speech and expression. In keeping with this spirit, foreign media personnel are welcome to visit Sri Lanka.

Guidelines for Media Personnel & Filming Crew Visiting Sri Lanka & Check list

Media All journalists/media personnel travelling to Sri Lanka need to obtain visa from the relevant Sri Lanka Mission prior to their travel to Colombo.
You are requested to apply for visa at least 14 days prior to expected date of travel
Media accreditation issued by the Department of Information in Colombo which allows foreign media to operate in Sri Lanka will not be issued under any circumstances for media personnel who enter the country on a tourist visa.
The Department of Customs strictly enforces regulations pertaining to the clearance of media equipment. Therefore visiting Journalists should obtain a temporary import document known as ‘international Carnet’ for their professional cameras and media equipment for customs clearance. In the absence of a ‘Carnet’, a bank guarantee should be submitted to the value of the imported items. If the visit is sponsored by any State institution, a guarantee letter from the institution to ensure the equipment will be re-exported, is required
A list of equipment carried by audio/visual media should be sent to the Public Communications Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the relevant Sri Lanka High Commission/ Consulate in advance, to facilitate Customs clearance at airport. The list should be accompanied by a letter of undertaking from the relevant media organization stating that all equipment will be taken out of the country at departure.
All foreign media personnel working in Sri Lanka are required to obtain media accreditation from the Department of Government Information, issued upon the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Media accreditation requests submitted to Sri Lanka High Commission will be forwarded to Department of Government Information through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo. Journalists who wish to obtain media accreditation are advised to visit Department of Government Information Centre in Colombo.
Journalists may contact the Public Communications Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if they wish to contact the for courtesy meetings, or for requesting interviews with VVIP’s and for any other assistance.
FILMING DOCUMENTARIES / FEATURE FILMS Filming of documentaries and feature films, other than tourism promotional films and wildlife related documentaries, require prior approval from the National Film Corporation (NFC). Please visit nfc.gov.lk “foreign Shootings “for more information.
Media teams are required to complete the NFC agreement, and submit it along with the synopsis of the documentary, itinerary of the media team while in Sri Lanka as well as locations of filming. 24 working days are required to process these documents, prior to issuance of visa.

TOURISM PROMOTIONAL DOCUMENTARIES
Media teams travelling to Sri Lanka to film tourism promotional documentaries, or taking part in Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) familiarization tours, are required to fill the “SLTB Selection Criteria for Journalists/TV crews for FAM tours” form.
The SLTPB requires at least 30 working days for processing the relevant documents prior to the scheduled commencement of the project. Such media teams should also identify a local ground handling team who will be coordinating the project in Sri Lanka.
FILMING IN WILD LIFE PROTECTED AREAS
Filming in Wildlife protected areas requires prior approval from the Department of Wildlife Conservation. [DWC] The duly completed “Application for filming in wildlife protected areas”, available at DWC(please see below for details), must be completed and handed over to the relevant Mission. The Department of Wildlife Conservation requires at least 14 working days for processing the documents.
General Visa Requirements Visa Application Download application
Passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival
Two recent (passport size) colour photographs
Confirmed Travel Itinerary
Letter of Invitation from Sri Lankan Authority, if applicable [with their contact details]
Credentials [letter from employer/organization]
Synopsizes of the production – a fairly comprehensive report is required
List of media equipment to be cleared by Sri Lanka Customs on arrival
Visa Fee as applicable (please refer visa fee schedule under ‘Business Visa’ category and payment method therein
Declaration at “Annex A” to be signed by the applicant. Annex ‘A’ can be obtained as a Word Document by clicking on the link Journalist Declaration Annex A
Special Notes (Important)
Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt;
Translations will not be accepted as originals;
All photocopies should be on A4 size paper;
High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant
If the applicant needs to send/receive documents (by express courier service or speed post etc.) on an urgent basis, he/she must organize them independently.
The High Commission is unable to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/courier.

Guidelines for Issuance of Visas and Work Permits for Expatriates working and seeking to work in a Voluntary capacity in Social Service Organizations/NGOs
Following are some of the key requirements laid down in the guidelines :
All Voluntary Social Service Organizations / NGOs registered under the Voluntary Social Service Organizations Act No. 31 of 1980, who wish to obtain visas should submit their NGO/INGO registration certificate and MOU signed with the Government of Sri Lanka to the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Visa will only be processed for the organizations that fulfill the above requirement.
All foreign nationals who intend to work in NGO/INGO sector in Sri Lanka should apply for entry visa prior to travel.
Residence visas are issued by the Controller-General of Immigration and Emigration for foreign nationals holding entry visas on the recommendation of the Director of National Secretariat for Non-Governmental Organizations, subject to a minimum period of one year. Extension of residence visa will not exceed three years.
Foreign nationals travelling on tourist visas will not be able to obtain Residence visa.
Visa fee applies.
Comprehensive details on the new procedures can be obtained from the respective authorities in Sri Lanka

[GOVERNMENT INFORMATION CENTER -  www.gic.gov.lk]

Granting or termination of visas is at the sole discretion of the Controller General, Immigration and Emigration as per Section 14 of the Immigrants and Emigrants Act No. 20 of 1948 and Immigrants and Emigrants Regulations.

Registration of birth outside Sri Lanka is carried out by the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad and Consulate General office in Karachi under: (a) Section 5 (2) of the Citizenship Act and (b) Section 16 or 24 of the Birth Registration Act. Forward your application to the Above respective offices, closest to your place of residence.

Registrar General Department of Sri Lanka
No: 234/A3,
Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha,
Battaramulla,
Sri Lanka
+94 112 889 488 - 489
 +94 112 889 491
http://www.rgd.gov.lk

Steps to be taken
Application for birth registration and citizenship
Please select the CORRECT application set from the following, based
on the age of your child.
Application for child less than 03 months of age on the date of application [Form B4]
Application for child aged between 03 – 12 months on the date of application [Form B6]
Application for child aged over 01 year on the date of application [Form B6]

(Can be Downloaded from the

Fill the application in “BLOCK CAPITAL” letters in duplicate
Child’s mother OR farther OR both of them should be Sri Lankan citizen/s at the time of the child’s birth
All applications must be completed and signed by one and the same parent.
All applicants must submit the Citizenship application as well at the time they apply for the birth registration;

Documents to be submitted (02 sets of photocopies with originals)
Child’s local birth certificate – original (with parents’ details)
Father’s birth certificate original
Mother’s birth certificate – original
Parent’s Marriage certificate – original
Parent’s passports – originals with photocopies of bio data page, endorsement & renewals and visa pages
Parents’ current passports (if different from above) originals with photocopies of bio data page, endorsement & renewals and visa pages
Certificate of Evidence of Residence Status
Applicants from other countries should submit 02 photocopies of currant visa page of his/her passport
Statutory Declaration should be completed by the child’s father or mother who is a Sri Lankan at the time of the child’s birth, in duplicate and certified by a Justice of the Peace or a Solicitor.
The original dual citizenship certificate is required if the applicant is a dual citizen at the time of the child’s birth.
If parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth an affidavit relating to Paternity and Declaration of Citizenship certified by a Solicitor, is required.
Covering Letter with contact details
[Tel Nos, E-mail addresses and fax No. If available]

Applicable fees
* Registration & Issuance of birth certificate - Pak Rs. 4000.00
* Issuance of certified copy of the birth certificate - Pak Rs. 1450.00
* Registration of Citizenship - Pak Rs. 4000.00
Note (Important):
* late registration fee , beyond the 1st year of the birth - Pak Rs. 400.00

The application in respect of Citizenship Registration will be sent to the :
Controller General,
Department of Immigration & Emigration,
Colombo.
And, upon receipt of the prescribed certificate from the Department of Immigration & Emigration, it will be sent to the applicant.
Parents are advised to keep this Mission informed, if address / contact details are changed in the interim period.
Incomplete applications and missing documents may result in delays.
Payment method
If the applicant physically visits the High Commission or Consulate offices, he/she can pay by Cash.
Note: Credit/ATM/Debit cards AND personal or Company cheques will not be accepted.
Special Notes (Important)
Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt;
Translations will not be accepted as originals;
All photocopies should be on A4 size paper;
High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant
If the applicant needs to send/receive documents (by express courier service or speed post etc) on an urgent basis, he/she must organise them independently.
The High Commission is unable to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/courier.

Special Note
Children born outside Sri Lanka, whose birth is registered with a Sri Lanka Mission abroad, are issued with certificates under the Consular Functions Act by the Registrar General’s Office and under the Ceylon Citizenship Act by the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Certificates issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration will become void on reaching the age of 21 years, at which time the child will have to decide whether to retain Sri Lanka Citizenship or the citizenship of the country of birth or both, by making an application to the Department of Immigration and Emigration before he completes the age of 21 years.
If the applicant does not comply with this requirement he/she will automatically lose Sri Lankan Citizenship as stated at the bottom of the Certificate issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration. In view of the above it is advisable for the parents to keep their children informed of this requirement.

1. A marriage can be registered by the High Commission and Consulate General office, if
One of the parties to the marriage is a Sri Lankan Citizen and has given Notice of Marriage to the Mission;
The marriage may be registered in the High Commission after a lapse of twelve (12) working days from the date of receipt of the Notice of Marriage and within three (03) months from such date.
Forward your application to the respective offices, closest to your place of residence
High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad
Conulate General Office in Karachi

Application process and documents to be submitted
Application Form
Valid passports of both parties
Two (02) witnesses with photo identification documents
Bachelor Certificate by both parties
If he/she is a Sri Lankan, this should be obtained from the Grama Niladari (Village Headman) in the applicant’s city/village, which should be endorsed by the Divisional Secretary and thereafter by the Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo 01.
If he/she is a non-Sri Lankan, this should be obtained from the Embassy/ High Commission of the country of his/her nationality.
Notice of Marriage –Notice of Marriage Form B 100 Declaration – Declaration Form for Marriage Proof of Residence

Applicable fees
Notice of Marriage (General/Kandyan) Pk Rs. 2250.00
Registration of Marriages (General/Kandyan/Muslims) Pk Rs. 3700.00
Registration of Marriages under special License (General/Kandyan) Pk Rs. 5000.00
Issuance of Certified copy of a Marriage Certificate (General/Kandyan/Muslims) Pk Rs. 1450.00
Application for marriage licenses under Section 24 (Notice of Marriage) No fee may be levied

Payment method
applicant has to visit physically the High Commission or Consulate office, and he/she can pay by Cash.

Special Notes (Important)
Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt;
Translations will not be accepted as originals;
All photocopies should be on A4 size paper;
High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant
The High Commission is unable to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/courier.

AUTHENTICATION OF DOCUMENTS

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

F THE DOCUMENT IS ORIGINATED FROM SRI LANKA,
First, the document has to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Colombo.
Secondly, present the attested document to the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad or Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Karachi for authentication.

IF THE DOCUMENT IS ORIGINATED FROM PAKISTAN,
First, the document has to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Pakistan.
Secondly, present the attested document to the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad or Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Karachi for authentication.

F THE DOCUMENT IS ORIGINATED FROM A THIRD COUNTRY,
First, the document must be attested by the ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country in which the certificate is originated from.
Secondly, the document has to be attested by the Sri Lankan embassy / Consulate from the same country in which the document is originated from. (Please be noted that the stamp of the attestation is valid for one year from the date of issue)
Finally, present the attested document to the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad or Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Karachi for authentication.

You can submit the application to the consular division of the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad, by hand. The Consular Division is open from Monday to Friday (8.45 am to 4.30 pm).

FEE
Attestation of Documents (except Export and Education Certificates)
Each document will be charged –
PkRs 3330.00 (Sri Lanka Nationals)
PkRs 3700.00 (Foreign Nationals)
Attestation of Educational Certificates – PkRs 560.00
Attestation of a Set of Export Documents – PkRs 5000.00
Issuance of “Certified True Copy” on a document – PkRs 560.00

POWER OF ATTORNEY

The person who wishes to attest a power of attorney, has to call on the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad, along with the dully prepared power of attorney prepared in consultation with a lawyer or an expert having expertise in preparing such documents.

Original power of attorney with a copy.
Original Passport with a copy of the Face page.
(If the passport is not available, Please bring the Original Sri Lankan Identity Card or Sri Lankan Driving License with a passport copy).
NOTE: The two witnesses are not required to be in the Consulate for signing the power of attorney. The signing by the witnesses can be done after the process from the Consulate General and before sending the attested documents to Sri Lanka.
For signing the power of attorney, the owner of the document should physically be present at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad from Monday to Friday between 9.00 AM – 4.30 PM.

FEE
Fee For attestation of Power of Attorney or Proxy – Pk Rs. 5550.00

To attest an affidavit, it is required for the applicant to type the affidavit as a self-declaration.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
Duly filled Application [Download Application Form]
The applicant should be presented to the High Commission to attest the document.
The Original passport of the applicant with a Face page and copy of it.
Affidavit with a copy.

FEE
Fee For an Affidavit – Pk Rs. 5550.00

This High Commission is issuing No Objection Certificates for several purposes to Sri Lankan Nationals those Who holds a Sri Lankan Pass Port.
No Objection Certificate for Students, those who studying in Pakistan.
No Objection Certificates for Sri Lankan House Maids those who working in Pakistan.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED (FOR STUDENTS)

Original Passport
Passport Copies – Face Page
Visa Page
Alteration Page
Consent letter from the University or College
Request letter by the student
Relevant fee for the N O C.

Note : Students those who cannot come to the High commission, they can send the above documents via E mail and Mission can scan and send the required N O C by same way, to the student.

To send the relevant fee , please contact the High Commission. (T.P. 051 2828723)

(it depends on the completeness of documents send by the student.)
E mail. slhc.islamabad@mfa.gov.lk
consularslhcisb@gmail.com

FEE
Fee For a No Objection Certificate– Pk Rs. 3330.00

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED (FOR DOMESTIC AIDS AND WORKERS)

Original Passport of the Sri Lankan worker.
Passport Copies – Face Page
Visa Page
Alteration Page
Document of employment contract, attested by the Ministry of foreign Affairs in Pakistan.
Sponsor letter by the employer
Request and consent letter by the employee
Passport or Pakistan National Identity card of the Employer.
Relevant fee for the N O C.

FEE Fee For a No Objection Certificate– Pk Rs. 3330.00

It is possible to apply for a police clearance certificate through the Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad.
Those who are applying through Embassies / High Commissions should send 2 copies of the National Identity Card and a copy of the passport and clearance certificates will not be issued for the applications without the said copies.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Application to be filled. (It can be collected from the Foreign Mission or can be downloaded from www.police.lk website).
A copy of the Face page of the passport
2 copies of Sri Lankan Identity Card.
Note : Applicants who are living out of Sri Lanka, should complete the application themselves and the application bearing their signature can be handed over through a relative nominated as per No. 24 of the application to the office which accepts clearance applications situated at Olcott Mawatha, Colombo 11, Sri Lanka.
Clearance applications can be submitted through the online clearance certificate applying method. www.police.lk / www.gov.lk
Kindly consider that the clearance certificate is issued by the Director Headquarters Administration of Police Headquarters based on the background reports obtained through the investigations carried out on you by Sri Lanka Police.
Clearance certificates are issued to the officers, who are actively serving in forces such as, Police, Tri Forces, Civil Security Committee, Coast Guards, only with the written consent of the authorized officers.
In order to extend the date for which the certificate is issued, a renewal application should be completed and the information and the period of the original certificate should be entered. Nothing should be changed other than the address of the Embassy/High Commission. ( note:- Application should be submited within one year affter issuing previous certificate. )

You may make enquiries regarding the application you have submitted, dialing the following telephone numbers or by visiting the Clearance Branch at First Floor, Police Headquarters.

Telephone :- 011-2439185 / 011-2421111 Fax :- 011-2439186 / 011-2439187 / 011-2439188 E-mail :- clear@police.lk

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