- President Maithripala Sirisena said he is fully satisfied with the accomplishment ...
- Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera together with the Foreign Ministers of Ind...
- Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera participated at the Commonwealth Foreign Mini...
- The families of deceased migrant workers in the Middle East and Russia received c...
- Ambassador Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the USA to the United Natio...
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|
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