Expatriate Sri Lankans in the UK appreciate the screening of the documentary film “TRUTH BEHIND DARE – Unearthing systematically suppressed plight of humanity ended in 2009”

The documentary film “TRUTH BEHIND DARE – Unearthing systematically suppressed plight of humanity ended in 2009” produced by the independent and non-profit media initiative Lanka Courier was screened by the Sri Lanka High Commission in London on Zoom platform on 23 February 2021 for the Expatriate Sri Lankans in the UK.

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Statement by Hon. Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Agenda Item 2: Interactive Dialogue on the OHCHR Report ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (A/HRC/46/20) 24th February 2021

Madam President,

Madam High Commissioner,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

The OHCHR Report which is presented today, emanates from the Resolution 30/1 and 40/1, from which the Government of Sri Lanka announced its withdrawal of co-sponsorship, at the 43rd Session of this Council last year.

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UK Travel Restriction Lifted – Foreign Ministry

The temporary travel restriction introduced by the Government on travels originating from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka on account of the new Covid -19 Variant in the UK has been lifted with immediate effect.

At a meeting presided by H.E the President, it was decided to relax the restrictions on travels from UK subject to 14 days of quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities.

The tourist arrivals from the UK too will resume under the guidelines introduced by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.

 

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

17 February 2021

Notice to the General Public

කොන්සියුලර් සේවා සැපයීම

2021 ජනවාරි 4 වන දින එක්සත් රාජධානියේ රජය විසින් ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කරන ලද සංචරණ සහ සමාජ දුරස්ථ භාවය ඇතුළු සීමා කිරීම් හේතුවෙන් විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍ර සහ ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාවය සඳහා ඉල්ලුම්පත් මෙන්ම ජ්‍යෙෂ්ට පුරවැසියන්ගේ විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය ඔවුන්ගේ ජීවිත සහතික ලබා ගැනීමට අදාළ ඉල්ලුම්පත් තැපැල් මගින් පමණක් එවන ලෙස කාරුණිකව ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. තැපැල් මගින් අයදුම්පත් එවීමට පෙර, අයදුම්පතට ඇමිණිය යුතු  ලියකියවිලි, කොන්සියුලර් ගාස්තු සහ අනිකුත් විස්තර සඳහා කරුණාකර අපගේ වෙබ් අඩවියේ “Consular” මෙනුවට ගොස් තමන්ට අදාල සේවාව සම්බන්ධ තොරතුරු කියවා බලන්න.

විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍ර සහ ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාවය සඳහා වන අයදුම්කරුවන්ට තැපැල් මගින් අයදුම්පත් එවීමට පෙර ඔවුන්ගේ අයදුම්පත් නිසි ලෙස සම්පූර්ණ  කර ඇත්දැයි නිශ්චය කර ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය නම් අවශ්‍ය ලියවිලි ඇතුළුව සම්පූර්ණ අයදුම්පතේ ස්කෑන් පිටපතක් mail@slhc-london.co.uk විද්‍යුත් තැපෑලට එවිය හැකිය. ඒවා පරීක්ෂා කර බලා අඩුපාඩු වෙතොත් අයදුම්කරුවන්ට ඊමේල් මගින් දැන්වීමට අපි කටයුතු කරන්නෙමු.

කරුණාකර ඔබගේ අයදුම්පත් පහත ලිපිනයට තැපැල් මගින් එවන්න:

Consular Section
High Commission of Sri Lanka
No 13, Hyde Park Gardens
London W2 2LU

උපත් ලියාපදිංචි කිරීම, ඇටර්නි බලපත්‍ර  සහ දිවුරුම් ප්‍රකාශ අත්සන් කිරීම ඇතුළු ලේඛන සහතික කර ගැනීම සඳහා අයදුම්කරුවන්ට මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයට පැමිණිය හැක. එනමුත් එවැනි අයදුම්කරුවන් අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ඒ සඳහා වෙලාවක් කලින් වෙන්කරවා ගත යුතුය. එමෙන්ම, විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍ර, ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාවය සහ ජීවිත සහතික සඳහා තැපැල් මගින් අයදුම්පත් එවිය නොහැකි අයෙකුට ද මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයට පැමිණිය හැකි අතර ඔවුන්ද අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ඒ සඳහා වෙලාවක් කලින් වෙන්කරවා ගත යුතුය.

වෙලාවක් කලින් වෙන්කරවා නොගෙන පැමිණෙන අයට කොන්සියුලර් සේවා සැපයීමට නොහැකි බව කරුණාවෙන් දැනුම් දෙමු.

කරුණාකර සතියේ දිනවල ප.ව. 2.00 සිට ප.ව 5.30 දක්වා පමණක්  කොන්සියුලර් විමසීම් සහ කොන්සියුලර් සේවා සඳහා වෙලාවක් කලින් වෙන්කරවා ගැනීම සඳහා  පහත සඳහන් දුරකථන අංක අමතන්න:

විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍ර සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0245
උප්පැන්න ලියාපදිංචි කිරීම්/පුරවැසි සහතික සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0228
ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාවය සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0251
විශ්‍රාම වැටුප්/ජීවිත සහතික සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0252
වෙනත් කොන්සියුලර් කටයුතු සඳහා – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0229

අවසන් වරට යාවත්කාලීන කරන ලද්දේ 2021 පෙබරවාරි 15 දින

கொன்சுலர் சேவைகள்

பிரித்தானியா அரசாங்கத்தினால் கடந்த 04 சனவரி 2021 திகதி அறிவிக்கப்பட்ட தேசிய பொது முடக்கத்தினை (National lockdown) கருத்திற்கொண்டு கடவுச்சீட்டு, இரட்டை பிராசாவுரிமை மற்றும் ஓய்வூதியம் தொடர்பான உயிர்வாழ்வுச் சான்றிழ் (Life Certificate) பெறுதலுக்கான விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் அனுப்பி வைக்குமாறு விண்ணப்பதாரர்களினை பணிவுடன் கேட்டுக்கொள்கின்றோம். தங்கள் விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் அனுப்புவதற்கு முன்னர் உயர்ஸ்தானிகராலய இணையத்தில் “கொன்சுலர்” எனும் தெரிவினை அழுத்தவதனுடாக தேவையான இணைக்கப்படவேண்டிய ஆவணங்கள் மற்றும் கொடுப்பனவு போன்ற விபரங்களினை பெற்றுக்கொள்ளமுடியும்.

கடவுச்சீட்டு மற்றும் இரட்டை பிராசாவுரிமைக்கான விண்ணப்பதாரிகள் தங்கள் விண்ணப்பங்களினதும் தேவையான ஆவணங்களினதும் ஸ்கான் பிரதியினை  (Scanned copy) நீங்கள் விரும்பினால் முன்கூட்டியே mail@slhc-london.co.uk எனும் மின்னஞ்சலுக்கு அனுப்பி உங்களுடைய விண்ணப்பங்கள் சரியாக பூரணப்படுத்தப்பட்டுள்ளதா என்பதனை உறுதிப்படுத்திக்கொள்ள முடியும்.
கீழ்குறிப்பிடப்படும் முகவரிக்கு தங்கள் விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் அனுப்பிக்கொள்ள முடியும்.

Consular Section
High Commission of Sri Lanka
No. 13, Hyde Park Gardens
London W2 2LU

பிறப்பு பதிவு, ஆவணங்களின் சட்ட ரீதியான உறுதிப்படுத்தல் (Legalisation of documents), அங்கீகாரத்தினை உறுதிப்படுத்துவதற்கான கையொப்பத்தினை பெற்றுக்கொள்ளல் (Signing of Powers of Attorney) மற்றும் சத்தியக்கடதாசிகளை (Affidavits) உறுதிப்படுத்தல் தொடர்பான விண்ணப்பதாரிகள் கட்டாயமாக முன்னனுமதியினைப் பெற்று உயர்ஸ்தானிகராலயத்திற்கு வருகை தந்து தங்கள் விண்ணப்பங்களினை நேரடியாக சமர்ப்பிக்க முடியும். அதேவேளையில், கடவுச்சீட்டு, இரட்டை பிராசாவுரிமை மற்றும் ஓய்வூதியம் தொடர்பான உயிர்வாழ்வுச் சான்றிழ் (Life Certificate) போன்றவற்றிற்கான விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் அனுப்பிவைக்க முடியாதவர்கள் கட்டாயமாக முன்னனுமதியினைப் பெற்று உயர்ஸ்தானிகராலயத்திற்கு வருகை தந்து தங்கள் விண்ணப்பங்களினை நேரடியாக சமர்ப்பிக்க முடியும். முன்னனுமதியின்றி உயர்ஸ்தானிகராலயத்திற்கு வருகை தருபவர்களுக்கான கொன்சுலர் சேவைகளினை (Consular Services) நாம் வழங்க முடியாதென்பதனை மனவருத்தத்துடன் அறியத்தருகின்றோம்.

கொன்சுலர் சேவைகள் தொடர்பான மேலதிக விபரங்களினை அறிந்துகொள்ளவும் தங்கள் முன்னனுமதியினை பதிவு செய்துகொள்வதற்கும் கீழ்வரும் தொலைபேசி இலக்கங்களுடன் தொடர்பு கொள்ளுமாறு தயவுடன் கேட்டுக் கொள்கின்றோம்.

கடவுச்சிட்டிற்கு – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0245
பிறப்பு /பிராசாவுரிமை சான்றிதழ்களுக்கு – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0228
இரட்டை பிராசாவுரிமைக்கு – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0251
ஓய்வூதியம்/உயிர்வாழ்வுச்; சான்றிழ்களுக்கு – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0252
ஏனைய கொன்சுலர் தொடர்hபன சேவைகளுக்கு – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0229

Last updated on 15 Febuary 2021

Consular Services

Due to the national lockdown and social distancing measures announced by the UK Government on 4 January 2021, applicants for passports and dual citizenship as well as senior citizens who need to get their life certificates for pension purposes are kindly requested to send their applications by post. Please refer to the “Consular” Menu of our website for details of the necessary supporting documents and consular fees before sending the applications by post. Applicants for passports and dual citizenship may also send a scanned copy of their applications to the email address  mail@slhc-london.co.uk  in advance prior to sending the applications by post and we will examine them and let the applicants know if the applications are complete with all necessary supporting documents or not.

Please send your applications by post to the following address:

Consular Section
High Commission of Sri Lanka
No 13, Hyde Park Gardens
London W2 2LU

Applicants for registration of births, legalisation of documents including signing of Powers of Attorney and Affidavits can visit the High Commission strictly by prior appointment only. Similarly, applicants for passports, dual citizenship and life certificates who are not in a position to send their applications by post, can visit the High Commission strictly by prior appointment only. 

We regret our inability to provide Consular services to those who walk-in without prior appointments.

Please call the following telephone numbers on weekdays between 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm only for Consular inquiries and to make appointments for Consular services:

For Passports – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0245
For Birth Registrations/Citizenship Certificates – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0228
For Dual Citizenship – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0251
For Pension/Life Certificates – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0252
For other consular matters – 02072621841 -Ext. No. 0229

Last updated on 15 Febuary 2021

Invitation to celebrate the 73rd Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence

We regret our inability to invite you to join us at the Independence Day celebrations at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London due to the current COVID-19 pandemic related restrictions.

Although we are unable to celebrate Independence together, we invite you to witness the celebrations via our Social media accounts on 04 February 2021, 11.00 am onwards.

We look forward to meeting you in person when the pandemic is behind us.

 

High Commissioner and the team at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London

02 February 2021

Repatriation Process “People Centric and Transparent” – Foreign Ministry sets the record straight

The Foreign Ministry will continue facilitating repatriations without any financial burden on Sri Lankans, the Foreign Secretary asserted responding to misinformation in the public domain. Secretary Jayanath Colombage made it clear that the role of the Missions is strictly confined to organizing repatriation flights for returnees who are tested on arrival, offered all logistical support and are quarantined at Government facilities free of charge.

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The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in the United Kingdom commenced work for the year 2021

The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in the United Kingdom commenced work for the year 2021 by offering alms to the London Buddhist Vihara and organising a special programme at the High Commission premises.
The special programme commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag of Sri Lanka at the Chancery building by High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by the staff of the High Commission. Thereafter, two minutes’ silence was observed to commemorate war heroes and those who sacrificed their lives on behalf of the Motherland. This was followed by the reading of the Oath of Public Servants by the High Commissioner and staff.

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Arrival of passengers from UK suspended – President decides at the COVID meeting

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (22) decided to suspend arrival of passengers from the United Kingdom with effect from today due to a new strain of COVID – 19 currently spreading across UK.

The decision was taken at the daily meeting of COVID – 19 Prevention Committee  held at the Presidential Secretariat today (22) following a review of the new strain of the virus and its spread.

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“Laws should be formulated by the constitution itself to protect the flora” says Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has stated that if the ecosystem is protected, the country’s water resources will become a major source of income for the country in the future. The Cardinal stated this when addressing Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who paid a courtesy call at his official residence today (22) to offer greetings to His Eminence for the upcoming Christmas season.

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Government to re-introduce conditional repatriation in the wake of new strain of Coronavirus

In the wake of the discovery of a fast spreading new strain of Coronavirus in certain countries, the Government of Sri Lanka has decided to continue with the existing procedure of obtaining prior approval from the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority for all inbound travellers to Sri Lanka.

The revised guidelines on repatriation will be issued once the situation has been reappraised.

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

22 December 2020

Doors open for Sri Lankan Jewellery Industry in South Africa

The outgoing South African High Commissioner in Colombo Robina P. Marks called on Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Foreign Ministry on 04 December 2020.

The High Commissioner apprised the Minister that the Government of South Africa was keen to obtain assistance from Sri Lankan craftsmen to develop the Jewellery Industry in South Africa. Foreign Minister Gunawardena sought the South African expertise in the canning industry for the food and vegetable industry in Sri Lanka as around 40% of the harvest is wasted in the country due to technology gaps in this field. Besides, the Minister highlighted the importance of enhancing cooperation in trade, investment and tourism sectors between the two countries. It was also discussed on further expanding tea exports to the African continent through the South African distribution network.

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Sri Lanka High Commission in London highlighted the launch of the UN Global Campaign on Sustainable Nitrogen Management “Nitrogen for Life” in 2019 by the Sri Lankan Government along with the United Nations Environment Programme at the London based Heads of Mission meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum.

Speaking at the Forum, Deputy High Commissioner Samantha Pathirana encouraged members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum to join the #ColomboDeclaration.

 

 

 

Legatum Prosperity Index highlights the development of education and healthcare sectors in Sri Lanka during the past decade

The London-based think-tank Legatum Institute launched the 14th Legatum Prosperity Index on 17 November 2020. One of the main highlights of this year’s index was the improvement in Sri Lanka’s education and healthcare sectors over the past decade. According to the Index, these improvements were key to increase in prosperity within Sri Lanka.

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Notice to the general public who wish to obtain consular services

For the convenience of the general public and taking into consideration the social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, all consular services of the High Commission are now provided by prior appointment. Therefore, those who wish to visit the Consular Section of the High Commission are requested to obtain a prior appointment which can be made online by clicking the ‘Appointments for Consular Services’ menu item on the home page of our website.

Appointments can only be made online and not by telephoning the High Commission. Please note that consular services would only be provided to those with prior appointments.

Please also note that a separate appointment should be made in respect of each applicant/application.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC -Suspension of issuance of visas for Sri Lanka

We wish to inform those who make inquiries on applying for visas for Sri Lanka that the temporary suspension of the issuance of visas put in place due to COVID-19 pandemic still continues. Accordingly, the issuance of all categories of Sri Lanka visas for all foreign nationals remains suspended until further notice. (For further details please visit:  

http://www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=337&lang=en

Therefore, please note that at present the High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK does not accept applications for the issuance of any type of Sri Lanka visas for foreign nationals.

11 August 2020

Mobile Consular Services

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK receives requests for organizing mobile Consular Services outside London for the convenience of those who live away from London.

In order to assess the number of Sri Lankans who would benefit from such mobile Consular Services outside London, we kindly request such Sri Lankans who require Consular services to complete the online form on our website at the link https://srilankahc.uk/2020/08/03/survey-for-mobile-consular-services/

Notice to Sri Lankan nationals on short term Visas to the UK

The UK Home Office has published on 29 July, the latest guidance about visa extensions for persons in the UK with leave expiring between 24 January and 31 July 2020.

Accordingly, UK visa holders having a visa or leave that was due to expire between the 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 and unable to leave the UK  prior to the expiry of their visas because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19) will be given an extra month’s grace period within the UK to 31 August 2020.

However, it has been advised that since the  travel restrictions are lifting globally, such persons will no longer be able to extend their visas automatically on this basis and are advised to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to do so or apply to regularise their stay in the UK.

For further details  please visit  the link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents#history.

COVID-19 Outbreak – Updating details of Sri Lankans in the UK

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ COVID-19 වෛරසය පැතිරීම පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා 2020 මාර්තු 18 වන දින කොළඹ ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන්තොටුපළ තාවකාලිකව වසා දැමීමටත්, ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්  ඇතුළු සියලුම මගීන්ගේ පැමිණීම තාවකාලිකව අත්හිටුවීමටත්  තීරණය කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පෙරලා යාමේ හැකියාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් විමසීම් විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් එක්සත් රාජධානියේ අධ්‍යාපන කටයුතු වල නිරතව සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සිසුන්ගෙන්, එක්සත් රාජධානියේ සංචාරයේ   යෙදී සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගෙන් සහ වෙනත් අයවලුන්ගෙන් මෙම මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයට මේ දිනවල නිතිපතා ලැබේ.

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