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Issue of New Passports

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Ordinary Passports

Passport Valid for All Countries

What are the documents required to be submitted along with the completed application form ?

  • Current passport
  • Original Birth Certificate of the applicant.
  • Original National Identity Card of the applicant and a photocopy
  • Marriage certificate where necessary (To confirm the name after marriage)
  • A letter, professional certificate or license confirming your profession

*If you already have a valid passport which belongs to M or N series (if the passport number begins with letters M or N) it should be submitted along with the application.

Where can I obtain an Application Form ?

  • Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo
  • Regional Offices at Kandy, Matara and Vavuniya
  • Divisional Secretariat of your area
  • Overseas Sri Lankan Missions
  • Download printable versions of the Application Forms

Where can I submit my application ?

  • Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo
  • Regional Offices at Kandy, Matara and Vavuniya
  • Overseas Sri Lankan Missions

What are the delivery times for All-Countries Passport
Normal Basis – 10 working days
Urgent Basis – Same day

What are the processing fees for All-Countries Passport
Normal Basis - LKR. 2500.00
Urgent Basis - LKR. 7500.00

Diplomatic Passports

These passports are valid for all countries and the validity period is 10 years unless otherwise specified in the passport. This passport is issued to VVIPs, Members of Parliament and Persons Posted to prescribed positions at Sri Lankan Overseas Missions.
"See Circular for the list of eligible person’s"

Where can I obtain an application form ?

Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo
Download printable versions of the Application Forms

What are the documents required to be submitted along with the completed application ?

  • Most recent passport of the applicant
  • Original Birth Certificate of the applicant.
  • Original National Identity Card of the applicant and a photocopy.
  • Marriage certificate where necessary (To confirm the name after marriage)
  • For MPs-A request letter from the Parliament
  • For Foreign Postings- A request letter from the Ministry of External Affairs
  • Others- A request letter from the Line Ministry

*If you already have a valid passport which belongs to M or N series (if the passport number begins with letters M or N) it should be submitted along with the application.

What is the delivery time for Diplomatic Passports ?
Normal Basis – 10 working days
Urgent Basis – Same day

What are the processing fees for Diplomatic Passports
Normal Basis - LKR. 2500.00
Urgent Basis - LKR. 7500.00

Official Passports

Who can apply for official passports ?

Official Passports are issued to the following categories of persons –

  • Members of Provincial Councils
  • Mayors
  • Chairpersons of Local Government Bodies
  • Officers of All Island Services
  • Identified Staff of Members of Parliament (See Internal Administration Circular 02/2008 for eligible officer’s list)

Where can I obtain an application form ?

  • Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo
  • Regional Offices at Kandy, Matara and Vavuniya
  • Download printable versions of the Application Forms

What are the documents required to be submitted along with the application ?

  • Current passport
  • Original Birth Certificate of the applicant.
  • Original National Identity Card of the applicant and a photocopy.
  • Marriage certificate where necessary (For getting married name)
  • A request letter from the Head of line ministry, Department or Provincial Council

*If you already have a valid passport which belongs to M or N series (if the passport number begins with letters M or N) it should be submitted along with the application.

Where can I submit my completed application ?
Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo

What is the delivery time for Official Passports ?
Normal Basis – 10 working days
Urgent Basis – Same day

What are the processing fees for Official Passports ?
Normal Basis: LKR. 2500.00
Urgent Basis: LKR. 7500.00

Sri Lankan Passport Valid for Specified Countries

Sri Lankans who wish to travel to Middle East and some South Asian countries may apply for this passport. This has lesser number of visa pages and the processing fee is lower than that of the All-countries� passport.

List of Specified Countries

India>Nepal>Bangladesh>Pakistan>Republic of Maldives> Iran> Iraq>Lebanon>Syria>Jordan>Saudi Arabia>United Arab Emirates>Sultanate of Oman>Kuwait>Qatar>Bahrain>Yemen

What are the documents required to be submitted along with the completed application ?

  • Most recent passport of the applicant
  • Original Birth Certificate of the applicant.
  • Original National Identity Card of the applicant and a photocopy
  • Marriage certificate where necessary (To confirm the name after marriage)
  • A letter, professional certificate or license confirming your profession

*If you already have a valid passport which belongs to M or N (if the passport number begins with letters M or N) it should be submitted along with the application.

Where can I obtain an application form?

  • Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo
  • Regional Offices at Kandy, Matara and Vavuniya
  • Divisional Secretariat of your area
  • Overseas Sri Lankan Missions
  • Download printable versions of the Application Forms

Where can I submit my completed application ?

  • Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo
  • Regional Offices at Kandy, Matara and Vavuniya
  • Overseas Sri Lankan Missions 

What is the delivery time for Specified-Countries Passports ?
Normal Basis – 10 working days
Urgent Basis – same day

What are the processing fees for Specified-Countries Passports ?
Normal Basis - LKR. 1000.00
Urgent Basis - LKR. 2500.00

Emergency Certificates (EC)

What is an Emergency Certificate ?
Emergency Certificate is a travel document issued only for Sri Lankan Buddhist Pilgrims visiting India and Nepal. This document is valid only for two years and can be extended up to additional two year period upon request.� For more details please refer to the Passport Renewal Procedure

What are the documents required to be submitted along with the completed application ?

  • Most recent passport of the applicant
  • Original Birth Certificate of the applicant.
  • Original National Identity Card of the applicant and a photocopy

What shall I do if I do not have my birth certificate or NIC ?
If you do not have a birth certificate ar a NIC, you can submit one or more of the following documents –

  • Driving License of the applicant
  • Elders Identity Certificate of the applicant
  • Pension Identity card of the applicant
  • Result of Search Results issued by the Registrar General’s Department and Birth Certificate of a Child of the applicant
  • Certificate of Probable Age (Issued by Register General’s Department)

*If you already have a valid passport which belongs to M, N or EC series (if the passport number begins with letters M, N or EC) it should be submitted along with the application.

Where can I obtain an Application Form ?

  • Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo
  • Regional Offices at Kandy, Matara and Vavuniya
  • Divisional Secretariat of your area
  • Download printable versions of the Application Forms

Where can I submit my completed application ?

  • Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo
  • Regional Offices at Kandy, Matara and Vavuniya 

What is the delivery time for Emergency Certificates ?
Normal Basis – 10 working days
Urgent Basis – not available

What are the processing fees for Emergency Certificates ?
Normal Basis - LKR. 500.00 (Urgent Basis – Not applicable)

NMRP (Non- Machine Readable Passports) & Temporary Travel Documents

What are these documents ?
These are documents issued to Sri Lankans whose passports have been lost, stolen or expired whilst in a foreign country.

Where can I obtain them ?
You can obtain these documents from Overseas Sri Lankan Missions

When can I apply ?
If you intend to come back to Sri Lanka within a short period of time, you may apply for an NMRP or a Temporary Travel Document.

What is the duration of validity period ?
An NMRP or a Temporary Travel Document is valid only for one way travel to Sri Lanka.

Where can I obtain an application form ?

  • Overseas Sri Lankan Missions
  • Download printable versions of the Application Forms here
  • How can I submit the Application ?
  • You can submit it to the Overseas Sri Lankan Missions

Identification Certificate

What is an Identification Certificate ?
This is a document issued to a foreigner whose passport or travel document has been lost, stolen or expired whilst in Sri Lanka.

How can I obtain an Identification Certificate ?
Call in personally at the Head Office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration. You will be able to collect the Identification Certificate on the same day at a processing fee of LKR 2500.00.

Sri Lankan passports for Underage (Minor) Applicants/ Adopted Children

Who is a minor ?
Any person below 16 years of age is considered as a minor for this purpose.

How can a minor apply for Sri Lankan passport ?
Either the parents or the legal guardian of the applicant should accompany him/her when the applicant comes to the application accepting office to submit the application. A letter of consent from a parent or the legal guardian should be attached to the application.

What are the documents required to be submitted along with the completed application ?

  • Birth certificate of the applicant
  • Parent’s Passport (with photocopies of data page & child page).
  • If parents do not have passports submit the National Identity Card with an affidavit.
  • Consent Letter of the Parents.

If applying passport for an adopted child, following additional documents are required

  • Certificate of Adoption
  • The court order
  • A letter from the Commissioner of Probation and Child Care

Special Notes – Originals of the documents must be submitted along with photocopies.� The following documents should be submitted under the special circumstances mentioned below.

If the applicant is born outside of Sri Lanka, Consular Birth Certificate and Citizenship Registration Certificate.

If parent(s) of the applicant do not possess a valid Sri Lankan passport, an affidavit confirming that fact and the National Identity Card.

If parent(s) of the applicant are dead, Death Certificate(s), Legal Guardian’s Identification Document, Guardian’s consent letter and a report from Grama Niladhari attested by the Divisional Secretary.

If one or both parents are abroad, the consent letter and the passport copies of parents should be certified by the relevant Sri Lankan Mission.
If both parents are abroad acceptable authorization letter given by the parents to the legal guardian.

If the parents are divorced, Divorce Certificate and the court order stating the right to the custody of the child/ children.

If� the child has been abandoned by the parents, certified copy of the police report and a confirmation letter from the Grama Niladhari countersigned by the Divisional Secretary.

What are the processing fees for All-Countries Passport (below 16 years of age) ?
Normal Basis -� LKR. 1500.00
Urgent Basis - LKR.3500.00

What are the processing fees for Specified-Countries Passports (below 16 years of age) ?
Normal Basis -� LKR. 1000.00
Urgent Basis - LKR.1500.00

Including a Minor in a Parent’s Passport

Who is a Minor ?
Any person below 16 years of age is considered as a minor for this purpose.

How many children can be included in one passport ?
You can include maximum 6 (six) children in one passport.

We have more than six children (under 16 years of age) in our family. What can we do ?
You can include up to six children in one parent’s passport and up to six more in the other parent’s passport.

What are the documents required to be submitted along with the completed application ?

  • Passport of the applicant
  • Birth certificates of the children
  • The passport of the applicant’s spouse with photocopies of the data page and child inclusion page
  • A letter of consent from the spouse

If applying to include an adopted child, following additional documents are required

  • Certificate of Adoption
  • The court order
  • A letter from the Commissioner of Probation and Child Care

Special Notes – Originals of the documents must be submitted along with photocopies.� The following documents should be submitted under the special circumstances mentioned below.

If the child is born outside of Sri Lanka, Consular Birth Certificate and Citizenship Registration Certificate for each child (A copy of payment receipt for citizenship Registration is accepted)

National Identity Card of spouse if he/she has not obtained a passport
If the spouse is dead the Death Certificate.

If the parents are divorced, Divorce Certificate and the court order stating the right to the custody of the child/ children.

If the child has been abandoned by the parents, a certified copy of the police report and a confirmation letter from the Grama Niladhari countersigned by the Divisional Secretary.

Sri Lankan Passport for a Dual Citizen

An individual who holds citizenship in both Sri Lanka and another country can obtain a Sri Lankan passport by submitting the following documents.

  • Completed Application Form
  • Dual Citizenship Certificate (A copy of payment receipt for citizenship Registration may be accepted)
  • National Identity Card
  • Birth Certificate and/or Driving License

Special Notes – Originals of the above documents must be submitted along with photocopies.


Organization Information

Department of Immigration & Emigration

No.41,
Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha,
Colombo 10,
Sri Lanka.


Ms. M. U. I. Alahakoon
Telephones:+94-11-5329000
Fax Nos:+94-11-2674621
Email:controller@immigration.gov.lk
Website: www.immigration.gov.lk

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Last Updated On: 2013-03-15 12:46:26
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