Notice- Review of approval procedure to enter Sri Lanka

The procedure for entry into Sri Lanka has been reviewed and new guidelines have been applied with immediate effect.

Sri Lankans returning to home country and ex-Sri Lankans traveling for family visits etc

Accordingly, the following categories of persons will be permitted to enter Sri Lanka without prior approval of the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority:

  1. Sri Lankans (including Sri Lankan seafarers arriving by air)
  2. Dual Citizens who travel on Sri Lankan Passports
  3. Foreign spouses of Sri Lankans
  4. Unmarried children of Sri Lankans, who are foreign nationals

Ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports (who do not hold Dual Citizenship) and travelling to Sri Lanka for family visits/family emergencies should continue to obtain prior approval of the Foreign Ministry. Such persons should obtain Foreign Ministry/Civil Aviation Authority approval by sending an email to kanchana.bandara@mfa.gov.lk with copy to entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk giving the following details:

  1. Name of the passenger
  2. Nationality and the passport number
  3. Intended date of entry into Sri Lanka
  4. Purpose of the visit

They should have prior visas to enter Sri Lanka as On-Arrival visas are not issued at present. As visas for Sri Lanka are issued only by the Department of Immigration and Emigration at present, any person of this category who need a visa for Sri Lanka should arrange a representative to visit the Visa Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka at Battaramulla with the relevant documents (copy of the passport of the traveller and the approval received from the Foreign Ministry for traveling to Sri Lanka, received by email) to obtain a visa by paying the relevant visa fee.

Ex-Sri Lankans and foreign nationals visiting Sri Lanka for tourism

Ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports and foreign nationals who wish to travel to Sri Lanka for the purpose of tourism should follow the Tourist Travel Bio Bubble procedure of the Sri Lanka Toursim Promotion Bureau. The procedure, including how to obtain the approval for travelling and visa procedure is available on the website at the link https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain.

All arriving passengers are required to adhere to the Health Protocols/Guidelines that are applicable at the time of arrival.

The new quarantine measures issued by the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka on 6 April 2021 are given below.

Last updated on 13 April 2021

Foreign Minister calls for early conclusion of Charter of the Association of BIMSTEC Speakers and Parliamentarians at the 17th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena,  called  for  early  conclusion of the  Charter of the Association of BIMSTEC Speakers and  Parliamentarians, in his welcome  address at the 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative  for Multi Sectoral Technical  and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC),  comprising of Bangladeshi, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. This event was held virtually   on 1st April 2021 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Foreign Minister informed that the platform would provide Speakers and Parliamentarians space for greater understanding, trust and friendship and to exchange ideas and information on parliamentary practices and commitment on democratic principles.

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Notice to the General Public

කොන්සියුලර් සේවා සැපයීම

මෙම මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයේ කොන්සියුලර් අංශයෙන් කොන්සියුලර් සේවා (විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍ර සහ ද්විත්ව පුරවැසිභාවය සඳහා ඉල්ලුම්පත් මෙන්ම උපත් ලියාපදිංචි කිරීම, ඇටර්නි බලපත්‍ර  සහ දිවුරුම් ප්‍රකාශ අත්සන් කිරීම ඇතුළු ලේඛන සහතික කර ගැනීම) සඳහා අයදුම් කරන අයදුම් කරුවන් අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ඒ සඳහා වෙලාවක් කලින් වෙන්කරවා ගත යුතුය.

ඒ සඳහා වෙලාවන් වෙන් කර ගැනීම ජාලගත ක්‍රමවේදය ඔස්සේ  https://hclappontments.embassyonline.lk යන සබැඳියෙන් කර ගන්නා මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු.වේලාවන් වෙන් කර ගැනීම දුරකථනය ඔස්සේ සිදු කළ නොහැකි බවද දැනුම් දෙමු.

එහෙත්, ජ්‍යෙෂ්ට පුරවැසියන්ගේ විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය ඔවුන්ගේ ජීවිත සහතික ලබා ගැනීමට අදාළ ඉල්ලුම්පත් භාර දීමට මෙම මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලයේ කොන්සියුලර් අංශයට පැමිණීමට කලින් වෙලාව වෙන් කරවා ගැනීම අවශ්‍ය නැත.

ජ්‍යෙෂ්ට පුරවැසියන්ගේ විශ්‍රාම වැටුප් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය ජීවිත සහතික ලබා ගැනීමට අදාළ ඉල්ලුම්පත් තැපැල් මගින්ද එවිය හැකිය. තැපැල් මගින් අයදුම්පත් එවීමට පෙර, අයදුම්පතට ඇමිණිය යුතු  ලියකියවිලි, කොන්සියුලර් ගාස්තු සහ අනිකුත් විස්තර සඳහා කරුණාකර අපගේ වෙබ් අඩවියේ “Consular” මෙනුවට ගොස් තොරතුරු කියවා බලන්න.

කරුණාකර තැපැල්  මගින් එවන ජීවිත සහතික සඳහා අයදුම්පත් පහත ලිපිනයට  එවන්න:

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

කරුණාකර සතියේ දිනවල ප.ව. 2.00 සිට ප.ව 5.30 දක්වා පමණක්  කොන්සියුලර් විමසීම් 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 මාර්තු 29 දින

கொன்சியூலர் சேவைகள்

இங்கிலாந்திலுள்ள இலங்கைக்கான உயர்ஸ்தானிகராலயத்தின் கொன்சியூலர் பிரிவின் அனைத்து கொன்சியூலர் சேவைகளும் (கடவுச்சீட்டு, இரட்டை பிரஜாவுரிமை, பிறப்புக்களை பதிவுசெய்தல், சட்டரீதியான மற்றும் பிரமாணப்பத்திரங்களில் கையெழுத்திடுவது உள்ளிட்ட ஆவணங்களை சட்டபூர்வமாக்குதல்) கட்டாயமாக முன்னனுமதியினைப் பெற்று விண்ணப்பங்களினை சமர்ப்பிக்கவேண்டும்.

https://hclappontments.embassyonline.lk என்ற இணைப்பு வழியாக ஒன்லைனில் முன்னனுமதியினை பெற்றுக்கொள்ள வேண்டும். தொலைபேசியில் முன்னனுமதியினை பெற்றுக்கொள்ள முடியாது என்பதனை தயவுடன் அறியத்தருகின்றோம்.

இருப்பினும், ஓய்வூதிய நோக்கங்களுக்காக தங்கள் வாழ்க்கைச் சான்றிதழை பெறவேண்டிய மூத்த குடிமக்கள் முன்னனுமதியின்றி கொன்சியூலர் பிரிவிற்கு வருகைதரமுடியும். விரும்பின், அவர்கள் வாழ்க்கைச் சான்றிதளுக்கான விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் அனுப்பலாம்.

விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் அனுப்புவதற்கு முன் சமர்ப்பிக்கப்படவேண்டிய ஆவணங்கள் மற்றும் கட்டணங்கள் தொடர்பான விபரங்களுக்கு எங்கள் வலைத்தளத்தின் “Consular”

மெனுவைப் பார்க்கவும்.

உங்கள் வாழ்க்கைச் சான்றிதளுக்கான விண்ணப்பங்களினை தபால் மூலம் கீழ்வரும் முகவரிக்கு அனுப்பலாம்.

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

தயவு செய்து பின்வரும் தொலைபேசி எண்களை வார நாட்களில் பிற்பகல் 2.00 மணி முதல் 5.30 மணி வரை கொன்சுலர் சேவை தொடர்பான விசாரணைகளுக்கு மட்டும் அழைக்க முடியும்.

கடவுச்சீட்டுக்கள் தொடர்பில் – 02072621841 – Ext. 0245
பிறப்புக்களை பதிவுசெய்தல்/குடியுரிமைச் சான்றிதழ்கள் தொடர்பில் – 02072621841 – Ext. 0228
இரட்டை பிரஜாவுரிமை – 02072621841 – Ext. 0251
ஓய்வூதியம்/வாழ்க்கைச் சான்றிதழ்கள் தொடர்பில் – 02072621841 – Ext. 0252
இதர கொன்சுலர் சேவைகள் தொடர்பில் – 02072621841 – Ext. 0229

Last updated on 29 March 2021

Consular Services

Submission of applications for all consular services (passports, dual citizenship, registration of births, legalisation of documents including signing of Powers of Attorney and Affidavits) at the Consular Section of the High Commission is strictly by prior appointment.

Appointments should be made online via the link https://hclappontments.embassyonline.lk. Please note that appointments cannot be made over the phone.

However, senior citizens who need to get their life certificates for pension purposes may visit the Consular Section without prior appointments. They may also send their applications for life certificates by post as well.

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.

Please send your applications for life certificates by post to the following address:

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

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

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 29 March 2021

“Hello Again: Sri Lanka, the next holiday destination for the UK Tourists”

The Sri Lanka High Commission in London in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tourism is pleased to invite UK based Tour Operators and Media to register for “Hello Again: Sri Lanka, the next holiday destination for the UK Tourists”, a Webinar being held on 31st March 2021 at 10:30AM UK time.

To register, please visit the following link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsdeCupzoqGtAmURusmJB3GxxE-lcWQXm9.

The UK High Court quashes the judgement of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court against former Minister Counsellor (Defence) of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London Major Gen Priyanka Fernando

The appeal made to the UK High Court by Major Gen Priyanka Fernando, the former Minister Counsellor (Defence) of the Sri Lanka High Commission against the judgement of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on him was allowed today, 19 March 2021. In the judgement handed down by the High Court, it decided in favour of Major Gen Fernando and quashed his conviction by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 6 December 2019 and acquitted him. The defendants, who are pro-LTTE demonstrators who staged protests in front of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London on Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day on  4 February 2018 are ordered to pay costs to Major Gen Fernando.

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Media Statement

Recent media reports have highlighted statements made in regard to a proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa and niqab in Sri Lanka.

Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage has said that a decision has not been taken by the Government to impose such a ban and it is merely a proposal, which is under discussion. This proposal has been based on the precautionary measures that are needed on national security grounds, following the investigations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on Easter Sunday attacks.

The Government will initiate a broader dialogue with all parties concerned and sufficient time will be taken for necessary consultations to be held and for consensus to be reached.

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

16 March 2021

The present government is committed to developing the country as an independent, sovereign, free and unitary state – Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated that the present Government is committed to the development of the country while protecting the independent, sovereign, free and unitary state. He made these remarks while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Eastern Provincial Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry in Trincomalee.

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Media Statement – 12 March 2021

There have been recent reports on social media platforms of a “Sri Lanka Flag Non-Slip Doormat” which is being advertised for online purchase on the Amazon website.

Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage has informed the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing to contact the manufacturer concerned in China and also has brought to the attention of the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, the advertising of Sri Lanka’s national flag as a doormat. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington D.C has also been instructed to follow up on the matter with the advertising platform Amazon.

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

12 March 2021

Showcasing a proud Sri Lankan

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK initiated a platform to showcase Sri Lankans who have excelled, thanks to the public goods provided by the successive Governments of Sri Lanka since independence and decades of solid investment in its people. Launching this initiative, the High Commission presented a brief video outlining the milestones of the life of Mr. Abdul Haleem, Counsellor of the High Commission. The video traces his steps and reflects Sri Lanka’s commitment to its citizens.

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Media Statement

There have been reports on social media platforms in regard to an invitation extended to the Foreign Minister of Myanmar to attend the 17th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting hosted virtually on 1st April 2021, in Colombo.

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Consultations on the Seventh Biennial Review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Statement by H.E. Mohan Peiris,

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

Friday, 05 March 2021

General Assembly Hall, UNHQ (in-person)

 

Mr. President,

I thank the Permanent Representatives of Spain and Oman for the fine role that they are playing as co-facilitators of the Seventh Review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. I also wish to thank the United Nations Under-Secretary-General of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism for the presentation on the comprehensive Report by the UN Secretary-General on the activities of the UN system in implementing the Strategy.

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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

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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