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18 March 2020 02:13 am - 2     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In line with the measures taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country, the Government has decided to extend the validity period of all types of Visas issued to all foreigners who are currently residing in Sri Lanka.

The Government Information Department said the validity period of all types of Visas would be extended for a period of 30 days with effect from March 14 to April 20.

Therefore, the Department informed to visit the visa Divisions of the Department of Immigration and Emigration on either April 8 and 9 to pay the relevant fee and to get the visa endorsed in the passport.

If any tourist person needed to leave the country during the aforementioned period, his/her journey would be facilitated by paying the relevant visa at the airport without any penalty.

The Department said the validity period of the acknowledgement issued for the applications already submitted to the Department of Immigration and Emigration to obtain visas, would also be extended for a period of 30 days with effect from March 14 to April 12.

If a person intends to leave the country during this time, a request to obtain that person’s passport from the Department should be sent to the following email addresses along with a copy of the flight ticket.

Necessary advises in this regard would be communicated accordingly via the same channel.

The email addresses are,,, and 

For further inquiry, the foreigners can contact 077 158 8724. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 2

  • Sokrates Wednesday, 18 March 2020 12:57 PM

    Should be extended online.

    Shan Jay Wednesday, 18 March 2020 01:31 PM

    There seems to be so much confusion with this above statement. If the Govt is extending visas to all tourists for 30 days, then why in the line after is it being said that the tourists then need to go to the department and pay the relevant fees? If you are paying fees to extend your visa then that is just business as normal and the government is not extending anything in reality. Also what purpose does it serve to go to the department and pay the fee on April 8th/9th if the visa expires on April 20th? And then why is there talk about "oh you can just pay the fee at airport upon departure without penalty". So all of this is just very confusing. 1. Do tourists need to go to the department at all? In light of the virus scare - it doesn't make sense to crowd a place that is usually crowded with lots more people especially when it takes an average of 6 hours to get the visa process done from start to finish. 2. If people are locked out from returning because no doubt airlines wont

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