ELIGIBILITY FOR A SRI LANKAN PASSPORT
You can obtain a Sri Lankan passport if you are – A Sri Lankan Citizen by descent or by registration.
VALIDITY PERIOD OF A PASSPORT
Currently issuing N series passports are valid 10 years unless otherwise specified.
All applicants who hold Permanent Residence or Temporary Residence Visas and Student Visas and who wish to apply for a New Sri Lankan Passport against different cases (ten years expiry of present passport, page exhausted, physically damaged, and new born baby) other than lost Sri Lankan passport, should submit the following documents along with the duly completed application form and other relevant supporting documents
“Form K” and checklist could be obtained as a PDF Document by clicking on the link (Download Here)
Fees for issuing Travel Documents
Passport All Countries A$ 180.00
Penalty fee of A$5 will be applicable for each year, maximum period of 5 years from expiry.
Payment should be made in Cash at the counter or by Postal Orders/ Bankers Draft drawn in favour of the “Consulate General of Sri Lanka” if sent by post. Personal or Company cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
Once your application is accepted;
1. It will be forwarded to the Overseas Missions Division of the Immigration and Emigration Department in Colombo. If all the required documents are submitted, it normally takes around 12 weeks to receive the new passport. This Mission cannot guarantee the issuance of a passport within a specific time period.
Note: During the processing of new passports the Controller Immigration and Emigration cancels the old passport and therefore applicants are advised to refrain from traveling to Sri Lanka until you receive the new passport.
2. Once we receive your new passport at this mission you will be informed in writing or by phone. You are required to bring the current passport/emergency passport (if retained by you) along with your Cash Receipt to this Mission on any working day between 9.30 a.m. & 4.30 p.m. in order to collect your new passport.
3. If you are unable to collect the new passport personally you should authorize your representative in writing to collect your passport on your behalf. The representative should provide an authorization letter along with the Cash Receipt and his/her photo identification.
4. On your request, your new passport & current passport/emergency passport may be returned to you by post.Note: The Mission will not take any responsibility for documents lost in the post.
5.Once you receive the new passport you must notify Department of Home Affairs in Australia and update change of details such as new passport number/name using your
ImmiAccount or by completing form 929
Submission of forged Birth Certificates or any other documents and making false declarations relating to the citizenship status is an offence. Such cases will be reported to relevant authorities and payment will not be refunded.
Traveling to Sri Lanka with your new passport
All Sri Lankan’s between the ages 16-60 years must provide their bio-metric (fingerprints and digital facial image) made mandatory with effect from 1st January 2018. Pursuant to the section (35) a of the Immigration and Emigrations Act No. 20 of 1948 as amended by the Act No. 07 0f 2015, the Department has made it mandatory for passport applicants to submit fingerprints. Sri Lankan’s who fall into this category will only allowed to leave Sri Lanka after completing this process.(Please note that Bio-metric data can only be submitted at the following locations and any one who fails to submit prior to departure from Sri Lanka will face rejection of exit at the airport)
!!!Please note bio-metrics cannot be provided at the airport prior to departure or on arrival!!!
How to submit your Bio-Metrics
1.Instructions to submit your application can be found here
Bio-Metric data can be submitted at
Overseas Mission Division
2nd Floor, ‘Suhurupaya’
Department of Immigration and Emigration,
Sri Subhuthipura Road,
Tel. +94 11 5329230
No.9 Sri Vijaya Builiding,
Tel. +94 415412212
42/3 Sangaraja Mawatha,
Tel. + 94 81 5624470, +94 81 5624509
JC 23, Outer Circle Road,
Tel. +94 25 5676344
129, Dambulla Road,
Tel. +94 37 5550562, +94 37 5550563
Please note that the working hours are 8.00 am -2.00pm – Monday to Friday except public holidays.
Bio-Metric data acquisition is a free of charge service and no payments are required.