Implementation of New Visa Regulations and New Electronic Visa Scheme for Sri Lanka -

The High Commission of Sri Lanka wishes to inform that the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka has implemented a new methodology on submitting online visa applications with effect from 17.04.2024. Sri Lanka has shifted from the previously used Electronic Travel Authentication (ETA) visa programme to a new eVisa scheme with effect from 17 April 2024. In this context, the previously used ETA website was discontinued on 16 April 2024. Accordingly, all eligible nationalities intending to enter Sri Lanka by air or sea for the purposes of tourism, business and transit, are requested to visit the ‘Official Sri Lanka eVisa Website’ at and apply their visas online. This is the sole authorized website of the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka and is operated exclusively by IVS-GBS and VFS Global. The new regulations, implemented in line with the provisions of Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2360/24 of 27 November 2023, can be accessed at for all required details, including fees applicable to each visa category. Web Link: Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2360/24 of 27 November 2023

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"His Excellency the President appointed the following State Ministers with effect from 12th August 2020"

Authorized Overseas Representatives to facilitate opening Special Deposit Accounts in respective banks in Sri Lanka

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Press Release - Remittance of Funds to Sri Lankans Abroad

Relaxation of Foreign Exchange Restrictions

The Airport Arrival Terminal Continues to be closed for Passengers

Address to the nation by H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka on 17.03.2020

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Sri Lanka first in South Asia to adopt international standard for digital transactions

H.E. the President's Speech (Sinhala Language) at the 72nd Independence Day of Sri Lanka

H.E. the President's Speech (Tamil Language) - 72nd Independende Day of Sri Lanka

H.E. the President's Speech (English Language) at the 72nd Independence Day of Sri Lanka


Published: 02-02-2020

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High Commission's telephone numbers (9896353 & 9842790).

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Foreign Minister Marapana attends Third IORA Blue Economy Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana attended the Third IORA Blue Economy Conference held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 5 September 2019.

The Conference hosted by the Government of Bangladesh marked the continuation of the Blue Economy initiatives undertaken by the 22 IORA Member States in First and Second Conferences held in the Mauritius and Indonesia in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

Following deliberations at Ministerial and Senior Officials level, the Conference adopted the Dhaka Declaration on the Blue Economy to stress IORA members’ commitment in strengthening the sustainable and inclusive development of the Blue Economy in the Indian Ocean region. Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh was the Chief Guest at the Ministerial deliberations on 5th September 2019.

The Ministerial Conference was preceded by the Committee of Senior Officials which held extensive deliberations on key thematic areas on exploration and exploitation of ocean resources, promotion of sustainable ocean economy and governance, harvesting sustainable blue opportunities and enhancing regional cooperation, challenges and opportunities for ocean resource management, and lastly enhancing maritime opportunities and logistics facilities.

Addressing the Conference, Foreign Minister Marapara highlighted the need for cooperation and peaceful engagement in the Indian Ocean maritime domain by IORA members creating a stable, secure environment, facilitative of economic prosperity.

The Minister explained steps being taken by Sri Lanka in harnessing sustainable Blue Economy including methods adopted on sustainable use of oceanic resources. Further elaborating, the Minister informed that according to the aspirations of Sri Lanka Government’s Vision 2025 policy document, Sri Lanka will develop itself as a hub of the great Indian Ocean and focus on development of its ports, modernizing the logistical capabilities, improving connectivity linking to global supply chains.

During the visit, the Minister also held bilateral meetings with his Bangladesh and Australian counterparts and discussed matters related to furthering bilateral relations.

Further, the Minister attended a ‘Business Conclave’ aimed at promoting Sri Lanka’s economic interests with Bangladesh with the participation of a Trade delegation from Sri Lanka and the officials of the Board of Investment and the Export Development Board.

Foreign Minister Marapana was joined by Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs & Administration, P.M Amza who led Sri Lanka’s interventions at the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO), High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, Crisanthe De Silva, Director General, Ocean Affairs, Environment and Climate Change, Hasanthi Dissayanake and Principal Scientist and Head of the Socio Economic & Market Research Division of National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), K.H.M.L. Amaralal.

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07 September 2019

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka observed National Mourning Day on Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Sri Lanka High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh by fully complying with the instructions of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka observed National Mourning Day on Tuesday, 23 April, 2019 at 9 am local time (8.30 am Sri Lankan time). The High Commissioner brought the national flag to half-mast followed by all the staff of the High Commission observing 3 minutes silence in commemorating the victims due to the devastating act of the terrorism on Easter Sunday on 21 April, 2019.

The High Commission also opened a Condolence Book at the chancery on the same day. Various dignitaries including H.E. the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Foreign Missions stationed in Bangladesh, Heads of UN and International Agencies signed the Condolence Book and expressed solidarity with Sri Lanka.

The High Commission together with the Sri Lankan Association in Bangladesh organized religious observances on Friday, 26 April, 2019 at the chancery premises. A large number of Sri Lankans and Bangladesh nationals were present at the occasion. The observances began with lighting the oil lamps/candles in memory of all those who had passed away followed by Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian Clergy delivering brief sermons. Addressing the gathering, H.E. the High Commissioner wished speedy recovery to the injured Sri Lankans and foreigners. He also stated that those who are responsible for this act of brutality will be dealt with severely according to the law. High Commissioner emphasized the importance of providing all the necessary assistance in whatever possible ways to the families of victims. The Secretary of the Sri Lankan Association in Bangladesh also addressed the gathering. The event ended with the singing of National Anthem.

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Sri Lanka Progress Report - 12-08-2018

  1. The Government will offer a Rs. 1 billion tea replanting subsidy this year to increase tea plantations and encourage planters.

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  2. Chairperson of Export Development Board says Sri Lanka is on course to reach the 2018 export target of US$ 17.5 billion set up by the government. The government has also set up an export target of US$ 20 billion revenue for 2019 and 23 billion for 2020 end.

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  3. Prime Minister launched a program to empower women socially, economically, and politically and make them contribute to the government's development drive. A workshop was held at Temple Trees under the patronage of the Prime Minister to educate 2,000 women on the "Dhanabhimani" Program.

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  4. The Ministry of Youth Affairs facilitated a 15-day nationwide campaign from the 12th to the 26th of August 2018 to celebrate the International Youth Day and empower the youth. The main celebration of the international youth day and the exhibition held in Colombo (August 12) under the guidance of the Youth Affairs Ministry.

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  5. Trincomalee will become Sri Lanka’s ‘Eastern Gateway’ and will be remodelled as a hub for tourism, exports and logistics under a master plan for the district done by Singapore’s urban planning firm Surbana Jurong Consultants Pvt Ltd. The master plan adopts a ‘B.L.U.E. (biodiversity, liveability, uniqueness, economy) urbanism’ planning approach.

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  6. Global travel giant Airbnb and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), the national tourism ministry, announced a strategic partnership to launch Airbnb Experiences in Sri Lanka and drive local, authentic and sustainable tourism across the country. This is the first agreement Airbnb entered into with a state tourism entity in Asia.

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  7. Sri Lanka’s apparel industry is negotiating with Korea and Indonesia to buy fabric to secure a complete duty waiver exporting to the European Union (EU) under the GSP + concessions. Fabrics from Korea and Indonesia are said to be of a higher quality and purchasing from these countries would help Sri Lanka obtain a complete waiver of the duty concessions under the GSP + trade with the EU.

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