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- President Maithripala Sirisena will undertake an official visit to the Russian Federa...
- United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) Country Representative to Sri Lanka, Ms. ...
- The Ministry is pleased to announce that the vessel ‘Aris 13’ that was hijacked b...
- The second meeting of the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights u...
Statements to Parliament
- Statement made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, on 24th June 2015 in Response to Hon. Nimal Siripala De Silva
- (Statement in Sinhala)
- (Statement in Tamil)
- Statement made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs on 12th June 2015 in Response to the Question by Opposition Leader Hon. Nimal Siripala De Silva under the Standing Order 23/2 of Parliament.
- (Statement in Sinhala)
- (Statement in Tamil)
- Foreign Minister speaks regarding the amendments made to the United Nations Regulations 1 and 2 of 2012 promulgated under the United Nations Act number 45 of 1968. (in English)
|· Multiple Entry|
|· For 3 months||Treble the Normal Fee||Nil|
|· 3 months to one year||Treble the Normal Fee||10,000|
|· Expatriate personnel whose services are required
for projects approved by the State
|· Expatriate personnel employed in projects under
BOI of Sri Lanka
|· A foreign national who desires to invest monetary capital or to engage in business activities in Sri Lanka||5,000||10,000|
|· Members of the Clergy||Free||Nil|
|· Religious Workers and Religious Students||5,000||10,000|
|· Volunteers||Free - Only if provided for the agreement signed between Sri Lanka & other country / 5,000||10,000|
|· Personnel attached to NGOs||Free - Only if provided for the agreement signed between Sri Lanka & other country / 5,000||10,000|
|· Foreign students|
| a) In Universities b) Educational Institutions approved by the State
c) Other Institutions
|Free if the Ministry of Higher Education recommends free visa
|· Registered Indians covered by the 1954 Agreement||2,500||5,000|
|· Ex. Sri Lankans||2,500||5,000|
|· Spouses of Sri Lankans||Free||Nil|
|· Children of Sri Lankans holding foreign nationality||Free - Under 16 years
5,000 - above 16 years
|10,000 - above 16 yrs|
|· Normal visa fee as in Schedule 'B' below|
|Note: Visa Fee recovered on reciprocal basis [Please refer Schedule 'B' below]|
|· Up to 3 months||Normal Fee [If no prior Visa obtained]||Nil|
|· 3 to 6 months||Normal Fee||10,000|
|· 6 months to 9 months - Under special circumstances at the discretion of DC [Visa]||Normal Fee||15,000|
|Resident Guest Scheme|
[Countries whose national can enter Sri Lanka as holiday makers without prior visa and remain 30 days without a payment]
|01. Albania||21. Estonia||41. Luxembourg||61. Slovakia|
|02. Armenia||22. Finland||42. Macedonia||62. Slovenia|
|03. Australia||23. France||43. Maldives||63. South Africa|
|04. Austria||24. Georgia||44. Malaysia||64. South Korea|
|05. Azerbaijan||25. Germany||45. Moldova||65. Spain|
|06. Bahrain||26. Greece||46. Netherlands||66. Sweden|
|07. Bangladesh||27. Hong Kong||47. New Zealand||67. Switzerland|
|08. Belarus||28. Hungary||48. Nepal||68. Tajikistan|
|09. Belgium||29. India||49. Norway||69. Thailand|
|10. Bhutan||30. Indonesia||50. Oman||70. Turkey|
|11. Bosnia-Herzegovina||31. Iran||51. Pakistan||71. Turkmenistan|
|12. Brunai||32. Ireland||52. Philippines||72. U.A.E.|
|13. Bulgaria||33. Israel||53. Poland||73. U.K.|
|14. Canada||34. Italy||54. Portugal||74. Ukraine|
|15. China||35. Japan||55. Romania||75. U.S.A.|
|16. Croatia||36. Kazakhstan||56. Russian Federation||76. Uzbekistan|
|17. Cyprus||37. Kyrgystan||57. Saudi Arabia||77. Vietnam *|
|18. Czech, Republic||38. Kuwait||58. Serbia-Montenegro|
|19. Denmark||39. Latvia||59. Seychelles|
|20. Doha Qatar||40. Lithuania||60. Singapore|
|* Diplomatic & Official passport holder's only|
The President of the German Bundestag, Hon. Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert accompanied by a Parliamentary delegation is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in April 2017 on an invitation by Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament. The President of the German Bundestag, appreciated the achievements...Read More...
Mrs. Shanika Dissanayake, the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou opened the Sri Lanka Section at the Guangzhou Public Library to commemorate 60 years of diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and China. An exhibition of photographs showcasing this milestone with significant historical highlights...Read More...
Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice and Buddhasasana, visited Ha Noi to deliver the Letter of Invitation from President Sirisena to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for the celebrations for the commemoration of the 14th UN Vesak Day in May 2017, to be held in Sri Lanka. The Minister met...Read More...
The Sri Lanka High Commission organized a trade and investment promotion event on 21st March 2017 at the High Commission premises. The main focus of the event was to promote Sri Lanka’s exports and investments among the members of BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The event was sponsored...Read More...
Ceylon Tea being among the most recognized tea brands in the world, were amongst the most popular items for the German visitors who visited the Sri Lanka Pavilion at ITB 2017. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau organized an exclusive Tea Promotional Boutique at the ITB with three Sri Lankan tea hostesses....Read More...
- “Germany Appreciates Sri Lanka’s Approach towards Achieving Democracy” President of the German Bundestag
- Commemoration of 60 years of Diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and China by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou.
- Visit of Hon. Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice and Buddhasasana of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam
- Trade and investment promotion event with the BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry in New Delhi
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