- Sri Lanka and the Principality of Andorra have formally established diplomatic rel...
- With a view to broadening political, trade and economic relations with Ethiopia and a...
- The first round of Sri Lanka – Philippines Political Consultations between the M...
- H.E. the President and the Hon. Prime Minister have extended congratulations to Donal...
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|
High Commissioner Nimal Weeraratne presented his Letter of Credence to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, as High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Brunei Darussalam (resident in Singapore) in a ceremony held at Istana Narul Iman...Read More...
Sri Lanka and Andorra established formal diplomatic relations today (30/11). H.E. Dr. Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and his Andorra counterpart H.E. Mrs. Elisenda Vives Balmaña signed the Joint Communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the...Read More...
At the International Convention of Science, Technology and Innovation held from 31 October to 04 November 2016 in Havana, Cuba, the Minister of Science, Technology and Research Hon. Susil Premajayantha emphasized the necessity for developing countries to work together in transforming their countries...Read More...
H.E. Sunil De Silva presented credentials to the President of Angola, H.E. Jose Eduardo Dos Santos as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Angola with residence in Pretoria, in the capital Luanda on 28th November 2016. The President of Angola, invited...Read More...
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Cuba, Sarath Dissanayake represented Sri Lanka at the state funeral ceremony of the former Cuban President and leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz on 29 November 2016 at the Revolution Square in central Havana, at which a large gathering of distinguished personalities...Read More...
- High Commissioner Nimal Weeraratne Presents Credentials in Brunei Darussalam
- Sri Lanka and Andorra establish Diplomatic Relations
- Sri Lanka Strives for International Collaboration in Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Susil Premajayantha in Havana
- Ambassador Sunil De Silva presents Credentials in the Republic of Angola
- Sri Lanka’s Envoy pays tribute to Late Cuban Leader Fidel Castro and extends Condolences
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Thumbs up for trade!
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