Due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country, it has been decided to extend the validity period of all types of Visas issued to all foreigners who are currently residing in Sri Lanka, stated the Department of Government Information.
The validity period of all types of Visas will be extended for a period of 30 days with effect from 14th March 2020 to 12th April 2020.
Accordingly, any foreign national is informed to visit the Visa Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration on either 08th or 09th of April 2020 to pay the relevant fee and to get the visa endorsed in the Passport.
If one intends to leave the island during the aforementioned period; the journey will be facilitated by paying the relevant visa fee at the Airport without any penalty.
The validity period of the Acknowledgement issued for the applications already submitted to the Department of Immigration and Emigration to obtain visas will also be extended for a period of 30 days with effect from 14th March 2020 to 12th April 2020.
To leave the country during this time, a request to obtain your passport from this Department should be sent to the following email addresses along with a copy of the flight ticket. Necessary advice in this regard will be communicated accordingly via the same channel.
Any inquiries on the matter can be made through 0771588724 and the public is advised to refrain from visiting the Department of Immigration and Emigration premises during the above period.