Passport

Passport

A new Sri Lanka passport is issued by the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, Colombo. Sri Lanka Missions abroad are authorised only to issue emergency travel documents and make certain endorsements on passports. Therefore applicants are advised to apply for new passports well in advance with all supporting documents.

A Sri Lanka Passport is valid for an overall period of 10 years from the date of issue. If at anytime there is no further space for visas, or a passport is more than 10 years old, a fresh passport must be obtained.

A new series of machine readable passports with facility for the digital transfer of photograph and signature of the holder to prevent photograph substitution was introduced, by the Controller of Immigration & Emigration in Colombo from 02 September, 1996.Applications received at the Embassy are processed and forwarded to the Controller, Immigration & Emigration in Colombo. This process may take approximately 05 to 10 weeks

A temporary travel document (Non-Machine Readable Passport) valid for six months may be issued to enable a Sri Lankan national to return to Sri Lanka only, due to an emergency.

New Passport

  • Application for a new Sri Lankan travel document Form 'K' (IM35), duly completed with the applicant's signature at space provided in page 2.
  • Completed photo signature card on Form 'K' IM35 (B) with two colour photographs glued to the application and an extra photograph should be furnished as specified in the application. Please ensure that the  signatures are confined to the cages provided immediately below the photographs.
  • If endorsement of child/children is required , applicants are expected to complete Form 'C'.
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Original National Identity Card
  • Marriage certificate where applicable (Original required)
  • Photocopies of all the originals
  • If the profession is required to be entered in the passport, a letter of proof from the employer indicating the profession of the applicant.

Issuance of New Passports in lieu of lost passports

  • Application for a new Sri Lankan travel document (Form 'K' (IM35), duly completed with the applicant's signature at space provided in page 2.
  • Completed photo signature card on Form IM35 (B) with two colour photographs glued to the application and an extra photograph should be furnished as specified in the application. Please ensure that the signatures are confined to the cages provided immediately below the photographs.
  • Form D Form filled and signed
  • A Police report with English translation
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Original National Identity Card
  • Marriage certificate where applicable (Original required)
  • Photocopies of all the originals

Amendments to the Passport

  • Form "O"[IM 37], duly completed and signed and forward together with passport.
  • Change of name consequent to marriage (original or notarized copy of marriage certificate is required. Marriage certificates issued in Sri Lanka should be certified by the Consular Division of the Ministry of External  Affairs, Colombo.)
  • Change of name (provided the name in the birth certificate has been altered in accordance with the birth registration regulations of Sri Lanka and the relevant birth certificate which has been notarized should be submitted).
  • Include or Change National Identity Card (NIC) number. (The original National Identity Card should be provided)
  • Photocopies of all the originals
  • INRS. 240 will be charged

Renewal of a passport

  • Current Passport
  • Photocopy of the Passport
  • Form "O", duly completed and signed
  • INRS 190 per year
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