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Thursday, 21 December 2017 - 12:40
Passport to be amended from 2018
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Department of Immigration and Emigration is taking steps to introduce an internationally recognized passport which is on par with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Services Organization.

The Controller of Immigration and Emigration, M. N. Ranasingha said it will be introduced by end of 2018.

He said a UK firm, De La Rue which is established at Biyagama Export Processing Zone, has been chosen to print the new passports.

The Controller of Immigration and Emigration also said all planned changes have already been approved by the Cabinet.

The relevant information is mentioned on the website of Immigration and Emigration.

The digital photograph should be submitted through one of our authorized photo studios located island-wide or at the Department head office or at regional offices. Printed photographs will no longer be accepted.

Fingerprints will be collected at the Department head office or regional offices and applicant should be present in person.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

All passport applicants irrespective of age should use passport Application Form K 35A (Instructions)

All passport applicants including children should provide digital photograph through Authorized photo studio

Fingerprints will be collected from all applicants above 16 years at the head office and three regional offices in Sri Lanka

Applicants submitting passport applications through Sri Lanka Diplomatic Missions overseas could do so without providing fingerprints and a digital photograph.

Inclusion of children in parents passport will NO longer be allowed and children will be issued separate passports

No Emergency Certificate (EC) shall be issued for applicants below 60 years

HOW TO SUBMIT A DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH TO THE DEPARTMENT

Visit an Authorized photo studio of your choice to obtain a digital photograph

The studio will send your photograph online to our computer system and will issue a Studio Acknowledgement Note to you.

No printed photographs are required for passport application.

Studio acknowledgment note must be presented with your application and other supporting documents to the Department.

More information: Hotline 1962 or telephone numbers 011 532 9200 / 001 532 9175

Am I eligible for a Sri Lankan Passport ?
You can obtain a Sri Lankan Passport if you are – A Sri Lankan Citizen by descent or by registration.

Getting passport urgently
If you need your passport for urgent traveling you can apply for one-day service. This service is only available at Immigration & Emigration Department Head office. see Issue of passport

Validity Period of a Passport
Currently issuing N series passports are valid 10 years unless otherwise specified. The validity period of passports for minors below 16 years of age is 03 years. Emergency Certificates are valid two (02) years but can be extended for further two years.

What is the Working Hours?
We accept normal Processing Applications - from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm.

Urgent Basis Applications - from 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. On weekdays only.

The office closes on weekends and Public Holidays.

How do I apply for a passport?

You can submit all passport applications to the Passport Division (Level 01 - Specified Countries/Level 02 - All Countries) of the Department of Immigration & Emigration located at "Suhurupaya", Battaramulla. 

What are the types of passports?

A Passport valid for all countries
Ordinary Passport
Diplomatic passport
Official passport
A passport valid for Specified Countries in the South Asian and Middle East Countries
Emergency Certificates for Buddhist Pilgrims travel India and Nepal
ICOM & NMRP for urgent one-way travel document issued by Sri Lankan Overseas Missions
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