Association of Old Anandians UK Honours High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama for Distinguished Service

The Association of Old Anandians in the UK proudly celebrated the distinguished career and contributions of esteemed past pupil, His Excellency Rohitha Bogollagama, Sri Lanka High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, at a felicitation ceremony held on February 24, 2024. The event brought together a distinguished gathering of past pupils of Ananda College, Colombo, residing across the United Kingdom, including the Major N.L.C. Perera, the oldest Anandian in the UK. The High Commissioner was warmly welcomed by the Association’s President, Champika Silva; Secretary, Lucian De Zoysa; and Treasurer, Chandrasoma Senanayake.   » Read more

SRI LANKA HIGH COMMISSION COMMEMORATES 76TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE OF SRI LANKA IN SCOTLAND  

The Sri Lanka High Commission in the United Kingdom commemorated Sri Lanka’s 76th Independence Day with a vibrant community celebration on February 17, 2024, at the Roystonhill Hub Community Centre in Glasgow, marking the first-ever such celebration in Scotland.

The event, tailored for the Sri Lankan community in Scotland, drew a significant turnout, with participation from community members and the presence of several Glasgow councillors. The organization of the event received key support from the Most Venerable Kamburawala Rewatha Nayaka Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Scotland Buddhist Vihara, as well as Mr. David Nallaratnam, Director of the Cross Ethnic Community, along with its members. Noteworthy participation also included Reverend Morawaka Dhammarakkitha Thera, the Buddhist Chaplain of Strathclyde University in Glasgow, and representatives from various other religious faiths.

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High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama chaired “Sri Lanka Business Drive -2024” in Glasgow, Scotland

As part of the ‘Sri Lanka Business Drive – 2024’ initiative which was launched under the guidance of His Excellency Rohitha Bogollagama, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK, a business and investment networking breakfast Roundtable meeting, organised by the Sri Lanka High Commission, was held on 17th February 2024 at VOCO Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland,

This business gathering marked the first ever Sri Lankan business dialogue of that nature in Glasgow, organized by the Sri Lanka High Commission in London in collaboration with the UK and the Sri Lankan business community in Scotland. The Roundtable event brought together around 20 senior selected representatives from various business and investment sectors, including notable institutions and companies as potential business partners for Sri Lanka such as the Glasgow Trade Chambers, Asia Scotland Institute, Scottish Asian Business Chamber, Scottish Financial Enterprise, Aberdeen City Council, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of West Scotland, University of Bolton, University of Strathclyde, National Trust for Scotland, Cross Ethnic Glasgow, Orwell Group, Belli International Real Estates, Unitas UK, Jacob Com Ltd, and LK Shipping etc,.

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The Sri Lanka High Commission in London Commemorates 76th Independence Day with Diverse Religious Ceremonies and Celebrations

The Sri Lanka High Commission in the United Kingdom celebrated the 76th Independence Day with a series of events spanning several days, embracing the nation’s rich cultural and religious diversity.

The commemoration began with religious ceremonies, starting with the Independence Day Celebrations on February 2nd, organized by the Sri Lanka Muslim Cultural Centre in association with the Council of Sri Lankan Muslim Organizations (COSMOS) UK. This was followed by Hindu and Buddhist religious ceremonies on February 3rd. On February 9th, an Evensong Church Service will take place at Westminster Abbey. » Read more

High Commissioner H.E. Rohitha Bogollagama met with the Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State (Indo-Pacific)

High Commissioner H.E. Rohitha Bogollagama met with the Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State (Indo-Pacific) on 06 January 2024 at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, United Kingdom.

The High Commissioner discussed with Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State, matters related to Sri Lanka-United Kingdom bilateral relations with a special emphasis on economic engagement. High Commissioner Bogollagama thanked Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan for furthering Sri Lanka-UK relations and briefed her on his priorities during his tenure to enhance bilateral relations.

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Sri Lanka High Commission in London hosts the ‘Sri Lanka Business Drive 2024’ Investment Roundtable with CWEIC

The Sri Lanka High Commission in London in collaboration with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) organised the ‘Sri Lanka Business Drive 2024’, an interactive Roundtable discussion on investments held on  2nd February 2024 at the ‘Ratnadeepa Hall’ of Sri Lanka High Commission, London. The event was presided over by His Excellency Rohitha Bogollagama, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Addresses the Cambridge Union on Sri Lanka’s Path to Economic Recovery

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry is currently on a significant two-day visit to the prestigious University of Cambridge on January 23-24. On January 23, he addressed the Cambridge Union, and engaged with the academic community in a discussion that touched upon the Sri Lanka’s road to economic recovery. This address was followed by an interview with the Union’s President, Nick Davis, and then an insightful Q and A session with the audience.

Founded in 1815, the Cambridge Union stands as the largest student-led organization at the University of Cambridge and proudly holds the title of the world’s oldest debating society. Renowned for its rich history and tradition, the Union serves as a dynamic hub for intellectual discourse and debate, attracting influential speakers, policymakers, and thought leaders from around the globe. Dignitaries such as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking are among those who have addressed the Cambridge Union. Minister Ali Sabry is the only Sri Lankan to have been invited to address the Union in recent history. » Read more

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama discusses future trajectory of Sri Lanka – UK relations with the Lord Speaker McFall

His Excellency Rohitha Bogollagama, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK, had a fruitful meeting today, 23 January 2024, with The Rt Hon. the Lord McFall of Alcluith, the Lord Speaker of the UK Parliament. The discussions centered on enhancing bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom, and its future trajectory.

During the meeting, the High Commissioner and Lord Speaker McFall discussed a wide array of topics covering contemporary international relations, the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka, and the enhancement of bilateral relations. His Excellency, the High Commissioner, briefed the Lord Speaker on Sri Lanka’s constitutional reforms and the role of China in Sri Lanka. The exchange of ideas and perspectives aimed to foster greater understanding and cooperation in the Sri Lanka-UK relationship. » Read more

Notice to Sri Lankans living in Aberdeen Scotland

Notice to Sri Lankans living in Aberdeen Scotland

 

Sri Lanka High Commission in London intends to conduct a Mobile Consular Service in Aberdeen Scotland on Saturday 30 March 2024.

Accordingly, Sri Lankans in Aberdeen Scotland who wish to obtain consular services at this mobile consular service are kindly requested to complete the online form at the link, (Link) at the earliest.

 

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London

20 January 2024

HRH The Princess Royal concludes her visit to Sri Lanka

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal and her spouse Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence concluded a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka on Friday, 12 January 2024. The visit marked a momentous occasion celebrating the 75th Anniversary of bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom and was characterized by a series of engagements that reinforced the deep ties between the two countries.

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HE Rohitha Bogollagama, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom paid a courtesy call on Right Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury  

The High Commissioner paid a courtesy call on Right Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury on 11 January 2024 at the Lambeth Palace, London. Anglican paternity led by the Archbishop prayed at the St-Mary-at-Lambeth church for the salvation of Sri Lanka before the meeting.

The High Commissioner and the Archbishop recalled the history of the Church of Ceylon which was established in 1845 as an extra-provincial jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury and exchanged views on the reforms to be proposed for the Church of Sri Lanka.

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HE Rohitha Bogollagama met the Rt Hon. Ranil Jayawardena, Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Northeast Hampshire, United Kingdom

The High Commissioner met Rt. Hon. Ranil Jayawardena on 10 January 2024 at the at the House of Commons. The High Commissioner and the Parliamentarian discussed an array of topics of mutual interest which include contemporary international relations, constitutional reforms, diaspora engagement and the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner briefed MP Jayawardena on the evolution of the Constitution of Sri Lanka in the changing political landscape and its approaches to devolve power to the periphery. Two dignitaries had a lengthy conversation on constitutional amendments and governance in Sri Lanka. » Read more

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama met with Catherine West MP, Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama engaged in a productive discussion with MP Catherine West MP, Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) on 19 December 2023 at the House of Parliament.

The discussions focussed on enhancing the economic partnership between the two countries, reconciliation process in Sri Lanka, skilled labour supply and people to people contacts.

 

High Commission of Sri Lanka
London

20 December 2023

H.E. THE HIGH COMMISSIONER PAID A COURTESY VISIT TO THE DEAN OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS

On 20 December 2023, H.E Rohitha Bogollagama, the High Commissioner, paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Ivan Romero-Martinez, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Honduras to the United Kingdom. In addition to exchanging views on the political and socio-economic development of the respective nations, two sides committed to strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation for the benefit of the citizens of both Countries.

 

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High Commissioner H.E. Rohitha Bogollagama met with The Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE, UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Sri Lanka

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama met with The Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE, UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Sri Lanka on 14 December 2023 at Devonshire House in Mayfair, London. The discussions were mainly focused on enhancing economic, trade, investment and tourism matters which are of interest for both Sri Lanka and the UK.

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High Commissioner H.E. Rohitha Bogollagama met with the Rt Hon Liam Fox, MP

High Commissioner H.E. Rohitha Bogollagama met with the Rt Hon Liam Fox, MP on 12 December 2023 at the House of Parliament, United Kingdom.

The High Commissioner discussed with Rt Hon Liam Fox, MP, matters related to Sri Lanka-United Kingdom bilateral relations with a special emphasis on economic engagement. High Commissioner Bogollagama thanked Rt Hon Liam Fox for furthering Sri Lanka-UK relations and briefed him on his priorities during his tenure to enhance bilateral relations.

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High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama holds trade and economic discussions with The Rt Hon Greg Hands, Minister of State for Trade Policy

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama met with The Rt Hon Greg Hands, Minister of State for Trade Policy and Minister for London on 12 December 2023 at the Department for Business and Trade of the UK and had discussions on enhancing bilateral economic and trade relations.

High Commissioner Bogollagama presented his compliments to the UK Government for the support and as well as the understanding during social, economic, and political challenges which Sri Lanka went through and explained the steadfast journey of Sri Lanka by overcoming the economic turmoil under the leadership of HE the President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

During the discussion High Commissioner Bogollagama emphasised on key areas on enhancing exports from Sri Lanka to the UK. He mentioned that ‘Sri Lanka largely depend on its manufacturing industries, especially apparel manufacturing plants which were formed with foreign investments, with improved and assured market access guaranteed through the Multi-Fibre Agreement (MFA) in 1970s. However, at present the Sri Lankan apparel exports sector largely depend on the fabric imported from Far-East Asian countries due to the lack of a fabric base in Sri Lanka. The garments manufactured using these fabrics do not qualify under the ‘Double Transformation’ Rules of Origin criteria being implemented under the UK’s DCTS. Therefore, this has become a hindrance in attracting more investments into the apparel industry where the country has developed a great level of expertise over the last 50 years and particularly in Government’s efforts on post-war reconciliation measures of developing the Northen and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka and generating employment opportunities for the under-privileged youth in those areas.’ » Read more

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama attended the Sangha Nayaka Anuprapthi Felicitation Ceremony of Ven. Pidiwille Piyatissa Nayaka Thero at Manchester, United Kingdom  

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama participated in the Sangha Nayaka Anuprapthi Felicitation Ceremony of Ven. Pidiwille Piyatissa Nayaka Thero held at Manchester on 10 December 2023. The event was attended by Senior Buddhist Monks led by Ven. Pahamune Sumangala Nayaka Thero, Secretary to the Malwatte Chapter Sangha Sabawa of Siyam Maha Nikaya, Lady Mayoress Yasmin Dar, and Councillors along with Community Leaders and the British Sri Lankan Community of Manchester, United Kingdom

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Sri Lanka reaffirms significant pledges for UN Peacekeeping Operations

His Excellency Rohitha Bogollagama, Special Representative/Special Envoy of H.E. Ranil Wickremesinghe, President of Sri Lanka who is attending the 2023 United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting held on 05th & 06th December 2023 delivered Sri Lanka’s country statement and pledges for the United Nations Peacekeeping operations on 06.12.2023 in Accra, Ghana while showcasing Sri Lanka’s collective commitment to United Nations peacekeeping.

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Sri Lanka High Commission relaunches the ‘Island of Ingenuity’ – ITC/BPO brand in the UK market

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London, jointly with SLASSCOM and Sri Lanka – UK Chamber of Commerce (SL-UKCC), organised the re-launch of the ‘Island of Ingenuity’ the Sri Lanka IT/BPO sector brand to promote Sri Lanka as a unique destination for Business Process Outsourcing/ Management (BPO/BPM) and Investments, including Tech Investments and the Colombo Port City Project held on 29 November 2023. The event followed by a networking reception was held at the Sri Lanka High Commission, London with the participation of close to 100 UK industry professionals and BPO/BPM company representatives and potential investors. » Read more

High Commissioner addressed the 33rd Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama addressed the 33rd Assembly of the IMO on 29 November 2023.

While recognizing the importance of the maritime industry in global trade and sustainable development, High Commissioner reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to actively contributing to the IMO’s objectives and initiatives towards a safer, more secure, and more environmentally sustainable maritime domain. Sri Lanka actively works towards implementing the IMO’s initial GHG (greenhouse gas) Strategy in order to mitigate climate change challenges, High Commissioner added. » Read more

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama discusses enhancing parliamentary relations with the APPG for Sri Lanka

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Rohitha Bogollagama met Dr Matthew Offord MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Sri Lanka today, 28 November 2023 at the Houses of Parliament.

High Commissioner Bogollagama and MP Offord engaged in productive discussions on the enhancement of parliamentary relations between the two countries particularly through exchange of parliamentary delegations. » Read more

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama addresses the 03rd Commonwealth Trade and Investment Summit in London

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama attended the 03rd Commonwealth Trade and Investment Summit (CTIS), organised by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), which is being held in London on 27th & 28th November 2023. The CTIS was attended by many Commonwealth dignitaries including the participation of head of state from Samoa, Ministers of Trade and Industry of Ghana and Nigeria, High Commissioners, senior officials, business leaders, technocrats etc, from across the Commonwealth, for two-day sessions, meetings, round table sessions and networking.

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High Commissioner attended the opening session of the 33rd Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

HE Rohitha Bogollagama, High Commissioner attended the opening session of the 33rd Assembly of the IMO on 27 November 2023 at the Organization’s headquarters.

The Assembly is the highest governing body of the organization which is responsible for approving the work programme and budget, determining financial arrangements, and electing the IMO Council. The Assembly consists of all IMO Member States and meets once every two years. » Read more

Sri Lanka High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama visited the Sri Lankan Catholic Chaplaincy in the United Kingdom

Sri Lanka High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama visited the Sri Lankan Catholic Chaplaincy in the United Kingdom in St. Mary Magdalen church at Willesden Green, London on 26 November 2023.

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama was received by Parish Priest Mgr. Roger Reader and Sri Lankan Chaplain Rev. Ruwan Deshapriya together with Sri Lankan Catholic community in the United Kingdom. » Read more

Sri Lanka High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama visited the Kingsbury Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre in the United Kingdom

Sri Lanka High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama visited the Kingsbury Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2023.

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama was greeted by Ven. Handupelpola Mahinda Thero, Ven. Akuratiye Nanda Thero, Ven. Wilbagedara Gnanissara Thero, Ven. Galayaye Dhammadassi Thero, and Ven. Hallindola Hemaloka Thero together with the Sri Lankan Buddhist community associated with the temple.

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Sri Lanka High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama interacts with the Sri Lanka – UK Chamber of Commerce (SLUKCC)

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom met with the members of the Board of Directors of the SL-UKCC at the High Commission today, 24 November 2023.

Along with Mr Shehan Silva, President of the SL-UKCC and Head of Digital Solutions at HSBC, Mr Charles de Alwis, General Secretary of the SL-UKCC and Legal Counsel & Company Secretary, Ms Thana Sivasambu, Managing Director of RUCI Products Mr Safdar Bandukwala, Director at Amari Commodities Ltd and Mr Eranga Pathirage, Global Head- HR at Virtusa joined the meeting, The Board of Directors presented  High Commissioner Bogollagama with an overview of the SL-UKCC, outlining the activities already conducted in collaboration with the High Commission and the lineup of activities for 2024. » Read more

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama met with the Lord Brennan KC

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama met with Lord Brennan Kc, member of the House of Lords on 23 November 2023 at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom.

The High Commissioner discussed with Lord Brennan Kc, matters related to Sri Lanka-United Kingdom bilateral relations with a special emphasis on economic engagement. High Commissioner briefed Lord Brennan the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and highlighted that Lord Brennan’s expertise in this area would significantly contribute to Sri Lanka’s journey in reconciliation, recovery, and progressive development.

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High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama presents open copy of Letter of Credence

High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama presented the Open Copy of his Letter of Credence to Ms Victoria Busby OBE, Vice Marshal and Director of Protocol at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 23 November 2023, before the formal and ceremonial presentation of Credentials to His Majesty King Charles III.

High Commissioner Bogollagama thanked Ms Busby for granting an early opportunity to present the open copy of his Letter of Credence and stated that he looks forward to further enhancing the close and cordial relations between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. High Commissioner Bogollagama extended warm greetings of President Ranil Wickremesinghe to His Majesty King Charles III for the continued progress and prosperity of the country and the peoples of the United Kingdom. He requested greater understanding by the UK Government on matters related to Sri Lanka which will lead to wider and deeper engagement between the two countries.

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High Commissioner Rohitha Bogollagama assumes duties

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Rohitha Bogollagama who arrived in London on 19 November 2023 assumed duties at the High Commission at a simple ceremony today, 20 November 2023. High Commissioner Bogollagama was received upon arrival at Heathrow Airport by Mrs Kathryn Colvin, Special Representative of the UK Foreign Secretary.

Addressing the High Commission Staff upon assumption of duties, High Commissioner Bogollagama emphasised the importance of advancing national interests and urged the staff to work towards progressing the existing friendly relations between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. His assumption of duties was marked by the lighting of the oil lamp and milk rice and other sweetmeats being served in keeping with Sri Lankan traditions.

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Sri Lanka Tourism showcases at World Travel Market in London

World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event of Travel and Tourism Trade kicked off on 06 November 2023 at the Excel Exhibition Hall, London, UK promoting international travel throughout the world. WTM attracts more than 50,000 visitors, 5,000 trade partners (exhibitors) and over 3000 journalists around the world each year. The event was held for three days from 06-08 November 2023. With the intention of promoting Sri Lanka as a renowned destination in world travel, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) with the support of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London participated in the event, along with 73 partners of the industry.

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A Business Delegation from the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) concludes a successful visit to the United Kingdom

As an initiative of the SLHC London, a twelve-member business delegation representing the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) visited the UK from 11th to 16th September 2023. The visit was aimed at further fostering trade and investment ties between the two countries and exploring new opportunities in the UK market, which absorbs 10% of Sri Lanka’s exports. The delegation headed by Secretary General of the NCE, Shiham Marikar, comprised representatives of leading Sri Lankan exporting companies i.e., Imperial Teas, Link Natural Products, LAUGFS Rubber Corporation, City Cycle Industries, Fanam International, Ruhunu Lanka Minerals, Senikma Holdings and Stay Naturals.

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High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena attends the Opening ceremony of Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara

 

The largest stupa in Europe at the Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara was opened to the public on 16 September 2023 by Ven. Dr. Witharandeniye Kassapa Nayaka Thera O.B.E, the Chief Incumbent of Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara, Deputy Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain, and the Vice President of Sri Lankan Sangha Sabha of Great Britian. High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena attended the opening ceremony on the invitation of Ven. Dr. Witharandeniye Kassapa Nayaka Thera on 16 September 2023.

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Press Release: High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena attends Aktha Pathra Ceremony of Ven. Makure Mangala Nayaka Thera, Chief Incumbent of East London Buddhist Cultural Centre (Lumbini Vihara)

High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena attended the felicitation ceremony and Aktha Pathra Ceremony of Ven. Makure Mangala Nayaka Thera, Chief Incumbent of East London Buddhist Cultural Centre (Lumbini Vihara), the Deputy Head Priest of Makandura Sri Saranankaramaya and the Vice President of the Sri Lanka Sangha Sabha of the United Kingdom on 15th July 2023.

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Press Release: The Festival of Cricket 2023 successfully held under the patronage of the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in the United Kingdom

The Festival of Cricket (FoC) 2023 was held at the Hainault Recreation Ground on 09 July 2023 under the patronage of the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom.

The FoC, known as the largest community event in the UK and considered as one of the largest in Europe, is a highly anticipated annual social event among the British Sri Lankan community. The FoC brings the largest overseas Sri Lankan community together in the spirit of cricket, spreading good-will and camaraderie. Since its inception in 1989, with Old Boys Associations of six schools, the FoC has grown into a major platform uniting over thirty old pupils’ associations representing a wide range of schools in Sri Lanka. » Read more

Media Release: Ten-member contingent representing the tri-forces of Sri Lanka participates in the Coronation Procession

On the invitation of the British Government, a ten-member contingent of Sri Lanka armed forces visited the UK from 30 April- 7 May 2023 to take part in the Coronation Procession of Their Majesties King Charles III and The Queen Consort.

The delegation reached London on 30 April 2023 and took part in the rehearsals conducted by the UK Ministry of Defence. On 3 May, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena met the members of the delegation at the High Commission and expressed appreciation on taking part in the Coronation Procession. » Read more

Media Release: Prof Maithree Wickramasinghe, First Lady of Sri Lanka participates in Fireside Chat on cervical cancer

On the invitation of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, Prof Maithree Wickramasinghe, First Lady of Sri Lanka participated in the Fireside Chat which was held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Leaders Event on 5 May 2023. The session, which was hosted by Mrs Jeannette Kagame, the First lady of Rwanda, was moderated by the Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Dr Arjoon Suddhoo in conversation with the First Ladies of the Bahamas, Gabon, Ghana, and Sri Lanka. The focus of the discussion was on the designing and implementation of education and awareness advocacy campaigns to effectively reach women and girls to promote the importance of cervical cancer prevention and address the cultural and social barriers that may prevent them from seeking care. » Read more

Media release: President Ranil Wickremesinghe attends the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

President Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the UK from 4-7 May 2023 to attend the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

Prior to Coronation, on Friday, 5 May, President Wickremesinghe attended the Commonwealth Leaders Event at Marlborough House which was joined by His Majesty the King as the new Head of the Commonwealth. Commonwealth Leaders discussed the future of the Commonwealth, the potential of Commonwealth Youth to advance the principles set out in the Commonwealth Charter, including those of peace and sustainable development. President Wickremesinghe, in his remarks outlined the importance of the Commonwealth playing a more significant role in supporting education reforms that encourage youth involvement. He also called on the Commonwealth to bolster connectivity through digitization. » Read more

High Commission celebrates the Sri Lankan New Year with the British Sri Lankan community

Sri Lankan New Year festival 2023 organised by the High Commission of Sri Lanka together with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau was held at the High Commission premises on 22 April 2023.

The event began with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the Chief Guest, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, who was in the UK to attend the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Mid Year Meeting of the Executive Committee. In his remarks, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana highlighted the importance of the overseas Sri Lankan community in the country’s development and appreciated their continued support to Sri Lanka. » Read more

Ceylon Tea, finest orthodox tea gifted to the world from Sri Lanka promoted at the UK Parliament

On 15th March 2023, High Commission, together with Sri Lanka Tea Board organized afternoon tea at the Terrace Pavilion, at the Palace of Westminster during the visit of Foreign Minister Ali Sabry to the United Kingdom. The event was a platform to promote Ceylon tea, the finest orthodox tea gifted to the world from Sri Lanka. The Rt Hon the Lord Naseby PC facilitated the event at which over 60 invitees including the Members of the Houses of Parliament, UK government officials, representatives of the UK tea trade, travel and food magazines participated.

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Foreign Minister Ali Sabry participates at the Commonwealth Day

 

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry who is on an official visit to the UK to participate at the 22nd Commonwealth Foreign Ministers Meeting attended a number of events commemorating the Commonwealth Day on 13 March 2023.

The main event was the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in which His Majesty King Charles III, Queen Consort and members of the Royal Family attended. Ven Dr Bogoda Seelawimala, Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain and Chief Incumbent of London Buddhist Vihara invoked blessings on the Commonwealth of nations and its peoples on behalf of Buddhists, during the service. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence, the High Commission of Sri Lanka to the UK facilitated Roshani Abbey and Nuwan Hugh Perera, Sri Lankan artistes to perform at the service. The Service also featured a procession of young flag bearers representing each of the 56 nations of the Commonwealth, where Miss Thejani Mahadiulwewa carried the Sri Lankan flag.

Foreign Minister Sabry also attended the reception hosted by His Majesty King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on the occasion of the Commonwealth Day.

Earlier in the day Foreign Minister Sabry participated at the Commonwealth Day ceremonial flag raising hosted by The Right Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster and laid a wreath at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates, to pay tribute to the 5 million servicemen and women who were in the Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars, and at the flag-raising event for the Commonwealth Flag for Peace at Marlborough House.

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK Saroja Sirisena was associated with Foreign Minister Sabry at these events.

 

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London

14 March 2023

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High Commission of Sri Lanka in London commemorates the 75th Anniversary of Independence with a series of events

 

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London organised a series of events to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Independence. The year 2023 also marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the UK.

On 2nd February 2023, High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena in partnership with Mr David Rose, Managing Director of Garment Services Group Ltd which has a long association with Sri Lanka for over four decades, hosted a luncheon at the Dorchester Hotel with the former Prime Minister of UK, David Cameron as the Guest of honour. The other guests included Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE, UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Sri Lanka; Lord Marland, Chairman Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and The Rt Hon Nigel Adams MP. Captains of British industry in partnership with Sri Lanka and President of Sri Lanka-UK Chamber of Commerce were also amongst the invitees. Addressing the gathering, Mr Cameron referred to Sri Lanka’s resilient spirit and potential to emerge out of adversity with the support of the friends in the international community. High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena in her remarks requested the guests to continue the trust UK has placed in Sri Lanka as a resilient destination for business. » Read more

British Leaders and the Diplomatic Community celebrate Sri Lanka’s 75th Independence

The Right Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP,  Speaker of the House of Commons was the Chief Guest at the reception to commemorate Sri Lanka’s 75th Anniversary of Independence organised by the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London on 8th February 2023.

Members of the Houses of Parliament, Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps,  Heads of Missions and members of the Diplomatic community, representatives of the British business community and friends and well-wishers were amongst the invitees to celebrate this special occasion. » Read more

Facility to complete Arrival and Departure Card online

Facilities have been provided to complete the arrival cards by foreigners coming to Sri Lanka and Departure cards by Sri Lankans leaving the country  online with effect from 01-01-2023.

The air passengers can fill this card online three days prior to their travel, via the official web site www.immigration.gov.lk of the Department of Immigration and Emigration or through  https://eservices.immigration.gov.lk/emb/eEmbarkation/’#/home-page web page.

Sri Lanka – United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce holds the first Annual General Meeting

The Sri Lanka – UK Chamber of Commerce held its first Annual General Meeting at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London on 12th January 2023 under the patronage of the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena.

The Sri Lanka – UK Chamber of Commerce was launched on 26th October 2021 in the presence of the then Foreign Minister Prof G L Peiris and the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Sri Lanka Lord Davies of Abersoch under the auspicious of the Sri Lanka High Commission in the UK, with a view to strengthening the bilateral trade relations, promoting of investment, tourism and Small and Medium Enterprises. The Chamber comprises core groups of its membership to promote the diverse sectors including tea, apparel, Fintech & IT, food & beverages, tourism, and services. » Read more

Sri Lanka’s vibrant and innovative IT sector promoted in the United Kingdom

High Commission of Sri Lanka in London in collaboration with the Sri Lanka – United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce and Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) in Sri Lanka organised ‘Sri Lanka Technology Forum 2022’ on 04 November 2022 with the objective of promoting Sri Lanka as one of world’s leading destination for building digital products and showcaing the potential of Sri Lankan IT/BPO/Fintech sectors especially to leading UK tech firms. » Read more

Sri Lankan Deepavali in London

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held its annual Deepavali celebrations, with the attendance of British Sri Lankan community on 28 October 2022 at the High Commission premises.

Celebrations commenced with Hindu religious observances led by Visveswara Sarma Kurukkal, who invoked blessings on those who were present at the occasion, as well as on Sri Lanka and its people.

Addressing the gathering, High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena stated that the cultural aspects of Deepavali bring joy and excitement to all Sri Lankans alike, and with that in mind the High Commission together with the British Sri Lankan community has put effort into creating a glimpse of this colourful festival. She added that it was happy to see the diverse mosaic of British Sri Lankans present at the celebrations, and invited them to join hands with Sri Lanka to overcome current economic challenges.

The event included Bharatanatyam performances by the Global Award-winning Dance Guru Kalasuri Thivya Sujen, Bharathanatyam Artist Niranshana Sureshkumar and students of Usha Raghavan, Director of Kalasagara, UK: Preeti Mahenthran, Dheekshana Chandrasekar, Shreya Warrier and Akshadha Murali.

The performers were presented with tokens of appreciation by High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena and Kanagaratnam Rajamenon, Managing Director of the Leaf Hotels Group in Kent who sponsored the celebrations.

The concluding remarks were delivered by Deputy High Commissioner Samantha Pathirana.

At the conclusion of the official programme, the attendees were served with a dinner of traditional cuisine of Northern Sri Lanka.

 

 

High Commission of Sri Lanka
London

28 October 2022

 

Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Head of Delegation of Sri Lanka Hon. Ali Sabry, at the General Debate of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September, 2022 – New York

Mr. President,
Mr. Secretary-General, Excellencies,

Ladies & Gentlemen,

I am honoured to represent Sri Lanka at the 77th session of the UNGA; a session which, after two years, brings together world leaders post pandemic to an Assembly in person.

Permit me the honour of congratulating His Excellency Csaba Kőrösi on being elected President of the current session. Mr. President, Sri Lanka looks forward to working closely with you and your team in the year ahead. » Read more

President Ranil Wickremesinghe attends the State Funeral Service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

President Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the UK from 17 – 20 September 2022 to attend the State Funeral Service of The Late Queen Elizabeth II.

On Sunday, 18 September, the President accompanied by the First Lady Prof Maithree Wickramasinghe and High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena attended the Lying-in-State of the Late Queen at the Palace of Westminster which was followed by a Reception hosted by His Majesty King Charles III at the Buckingham Palace. » Read more

Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the 51st  Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 12 September 2022

Mr. President,
Madam Acting High Commissioner,
Excellencies,

At the outset, on behalf of our Government, I reiterate our unwavering commitment towards advancing, securing and protecting the human rights of our people, and continuing our engagement with the Council in a spirit of cooperation and dialogue. In keeping with our commitment, notwithstanding our categorical rejection of resolution 46/1, we have submitted Sri Lanka’s detailed written response to the High Commissioner’s Report. We have requested that Sri Lanka’s Comments be placed as an Addendum to the Report, to accord with best practices. » Read more

Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the 51st  Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 12 September 2022

Mr. President,

Madam Acting High Commissioner,

Excellencies,

At the outset, on behalf of our Government, I reiterate our unwavering commitment towards advancing, securing and protecting the human rights of our people, and continuing our engagement with the Council in a spirit of cooperation and dialogue. In keeping with our commitment, notwithstanding our categorical rejection of resolution 46/1, we have submitted Sri Lanka’s detailed written response to the High Commissioner’s Report. We have requested that Sri Lanka’s Comments be placed as an Addendum to the Report, to accord with best practices. » Read more

Sri Lankan trained nurses ready to begin their careers in the UK

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry awarded letters of appointment to a group of Sri Lankan trained nurses who are scheduled to begin their employment at hospitals in the United Kingdom at a ceremony held on 25 August, 2022 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute. This is the first batch of trained nurses under the programme implemented by the International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS), Welisara, Sri Lanka, with the facilitation of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. » Read more

Sri Lanka promotion at the Masters’ Hockey World Cup 2022, Nottingham

High Commission of Sri Lanka in London in partnership with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka National Masters Hockey Association, and World Masters’ Hockey Ltd, organised a Sri Lanka tourism promotional event at the closing ceremony of the Masters’ Hockey World Cup on 21 August 2022.

The closing ceremony was attended by over 3000 visitors from around the world and the event provided the opportunity to promote Sri Lanka among the hockey players and sports enthusiastic spectators as an ideal holiday destination. » Read more

New UK GSP Scheme – Developing Country Trading Scheme (DCTS)

The UK Government introduced its bespoke UK GSP Scheme “Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS)” on 16 August 2022.

  • 65 countries will benefit.
  • Sri Lanka is a beneficiary country under the DCTS Enhanced Preferences Scheme. 
  • DCTS will replace the UK’s current Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) in early 2023.
  • The scheme will apply to countries currently benefiting under the UK’s GSP.
  • DCTS will provide duty-free, quota-free trade to LDCs on everything but arms and duty-free, quota-free trade on 85% of eligible goods to most low income (LIC) and lower-middle income (LMIC) countries.

For more details, please contact:

Commercial Section of Sri Lanka High Commission – London

02072621841 Ext 248 /246

trade@slhc-london.co.uk / assttrade@slhc-london.co.uk

Sri Lanka shines at Bedford River Festival 2022

High Commission of Sri Lanka in London in partnership the Sri Lanka Tourist Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Tea Board, National Craft Council, Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK (APSL), Basilur Tea UK, International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) and the Sri Lankan Society in Bedfordshire organised a trade and tourism promotional event at the award winning ‘Bedford River Festival’ on 23 and 24 July 2022.

The event provided the opportunity to promote Sri Lanka among the Bedford community as their next holiday destination by featuring Sri Lankan crafts, tourism, culture and heritage, and “Ceylon Tea”. » Read more

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry assumes duties

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry assumed duties at the Ministry today (25 July, 2022) at a simple ceremony. Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardane and the senior officials were present.

Addressing the officials, Minister Ali Sabry stated that he looked forward to delivering on the mandate of the Ministry to steer forward Sri Lanka’s foreign relations, taking the domestic compulsions too into consideration. He commended the outgoing Minister Prof G L Peiris for his leadership provided to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. » Read more

Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando meets the UK travel industry

Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando who was in London recently met the UK travel industry on 16 June 2022 at the High Commission of Sri Lanka.  The promotional event which was organised by the High Commission of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau, was timely in the backdrop of the removal on 11 June of the advice against non-essential travel to Sri Lanka by the UK Government. Over 60 UK travel industry leaders including tour operators, travel associations, travel media, and representatives of airlines and hospitality sector attended the event. The UK has been the 2nd largest origin of inbound tourists to Sri Lanka. » Read more

Sri Lanka’s Tri Forces participate at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pageant

At the invitation of the Government of the United Kingdom, a contingent of Sri Lanka’s Tri Forces participated at the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee pageant held on Sunday, 05 June 2022.

 

In 2022, the Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. The pageant was organised as a part of a series of celebrations that took place from 02 – 05 June in honour of the Queen. It comprised many segments including a military spectacle and cultural performances.

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Notice: Consular Services on Saturdays

Notice

For the convenience of British Sri Lankans, Limited Consular services will be operational on Saturdays, strictly on online appointment basis from 11 June 2022.

 

High Commission of Sri Lanka
London

27 May 2022

New Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardane assumes duties

The new Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aruni Wijewardane assumed duties at the Foreign Ministry on 23 May, 2022. She was appointed as the Secretary with effect from 20 May, 2022.

After a simple ceremony following the assumption of duties, Foreign Secretary Wijewardane addressed the staff officers of the Ministry. » Read more

Sri Lankans to enter the UK Health Care Sector

High Commission of Sri Lanka in London in partnership with Care England, the leading representative body for care providers in England held a Briefing and Networking event on 19 May 2022 at the High commission premises to explore opportunities for Sri Lanka to provide care givers to the UK adult care sector. » Read more

Investment Opportunities at the Port City Colombo showcased in London  

 

Sri Lanka High Commission in London in partnership with the CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd and Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council organised a presentation on investment opportunities in education and finance sectors in the Port City Colombo project to the UK investors on 26 April 2022 at the High commission premises.

Delivering the welcome address, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena highlighted that the education sector in Sri Lanka which has a structure and framework coherent with British education system has always been a catalyst in strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries. She invited British companies to partner in brand education in Sri Lanka. » Read more

Happy New Year

 

සෞභාග්යමත් ශ්රී ලාංකීය අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා !

செல்வச்சிறப்புமிக்க இலங்கைக்கான இனிய புத்தாண்டு
வாழ்த்துகள்!

Request for Donation of Medical Supplies

The State Ministry of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals of Sri Lanka has sought the assistance of well-wishers to obtain donations of vital medical supplies in the attached list.

The High Commission is making arrangements to dispatch such donations to the State Ministry of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals.  While the national carrier SriLankan Airlines has agreed to transport the medical supplies free of cost, handling charges payable to the Cargo handler have to be incurred. In order to avoid multiple payments as handling charges, the High Commission intends to dispatch the donations of the medical supplies as a single consignment.

If Sri Lankan associations or individuals intend to donate medical supplies to the State Ministry of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals through the High Commission, we would appreciate receiving them at the High Commission by Friday, 22nd April 2022.

 

High Commission of Sri Lanka
London

12 April 2022

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Peiris briefs NAM envoys

Minister of Foreign Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris met with High Commissioners and Ambassadors of countries in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 7 April, 2022.

The Foreign Minister briefed the envoys on the current situation in Sri Lanka and responses by the Government. This included discussion on political and economic aspects.

Among other matters discussed were reform to the Prevention of Terrorism legislation, constitutional reform and preparation for negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.

The Ambassador of Egypt, Maged Mosleh, speaking on behalf of the envoys, appreciated the opportunity for a candid discussion.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Colombo

10 April 2022

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Peiris briefs Colombo based Diplomatic corps on the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris briefed the Diplomatic corps on 6 April, 2022 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In his address, Minister Prof. Peiris stated that the Government of Sri Lanka was fully aware of the severe hardships of the people and its magnitude with the most pressing issues being power cuts, shortage of gas, fuel and essential medicines. The excessive heat which has exacerbated the situation and the negative impact on various industries as a result due to the power cuts were also adding to the woes of the public. He stated that the protests and the demonstrations by the people taking place across the country was an “expression of despair” and they were crying out at a distressing situation. He also stated that 80-85% of those taking part in the protests and demonstrations were neither extremists nor politically motivated and that Article 12 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka guaranteed the right to assembly, freedom of expression. He further stated that the right of the people to protest was an indication of the vibrant democracy prevailing in Sri Lanka. » Read more

Sri Lanka Remains Safe and Open for International Tourists

Dear All,

A media statement issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism is shared herewith for your information please.

Further, the Tourism Ministry of Sri Lanka has announced that all tourist destinations are remain open for the international tourists.

  • Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) in Kandy
  • Cultural sites which come under the Central Cultural Fund such as Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa etc.
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Wildlife Parks which come under the Department of Wildlife Conservation namely Yala, Minneriya, Kaudulla, Udawalawa etc.

 

Sri Lanka High Commission
13, Hyde Park Gardens, London
W2 2LU

 

Investment Opportunities in Sri Lanka showcased in London

Sri Lanka High Commission in London facilitated the ‘Invest Sri Lanka Forum’ organised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) on 28, 29 and 31 March 2022 in London to promote foreign investment in Sri Lankan Stock Market and to showcase investment opportunities in leading listed companies in Sri Lanka. » Read more

Notice to Sri Lankans living in South Wales

Notice to Sri Lankans living in South Wales

Sri Lanka High Commission in London intends to conduct a Mobile Consular Service in Cardiff, shortly.

Prior to this, it is essential for us to identify the nature of consular services required by Sri Lankans living in South Wales and surrounding cities and the number of such Sri Lankans in order to make the necessary arrangements.

Accordingly, Sri Lankans in South Wales and surrounding cities who wish to obtain consular services are kindly requested to complete the online form at the link,  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMEyOSPIdNZjbt63NxGu3ke0hVYEUSH1Qto8AaohWfhDDjbQ/viewform by 28 March 2022.

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Invitation to be a part of Ceylon’s Most Historic Hotel

Requests for Proposal (RFP) seeking strategic partnerships for an exquisite International Fine Dining Restaurant and an International Contemporary Asian restaurant and to manage and operate an International Spa / Wellness / Fitness Center in Gafoor Building, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Gafoor Hotel in Colombo is nearing completion and is scheduled to be ready for operations by the third quarter of 2022. The RFP should include Branding and Operational Concepts in positioning the restaurants in the International Arena. For more info please refer the below web link.

Submission Procedure

  • Access the page via the link http://www.watersedge.lk/gafoor and download the RFP documents on a payment of USD 100.
  • Submit documents in locked PDF form electronically to: gafoor@watersedge.lk (Please include ‘Gafoor Building RFP’ in the subject)
  • Alternatively send by courier to, Waters Edge Recreation Ltd, 316, Ethul Kotte Road, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka.
  • Closing date for the submission of RFP is 17 February 2022 (Sri Lanka time GMT +5:30 Time Zone)

 

High Commission of Sri Lanka in London
02.02.2022

Notice

Applying for Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to Travel to Sri Lanka

The tourists from the following countries, who are unsuccessful in making credit card payments for Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to travel to Sri Lanka, due to the ongoing upgrade and maintenance of the ETA front end system, will be issued On Arrival ETA (at the port of entry to Sri Lanka) as an alternative Channel.

United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Estonia, Mauritius, Iceland, Cuba, Singapore, Russia and Ukraine.

Sri Lanka and the UK acknowledge multifaceted partnership at meeting between Foreign Minister and British Minister for South Asia Lord Ahmad

Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris highlighted the ‘unique, multifaceted partnership’ enjoyed by Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom, founded upon shared democratic traditions and historical affinities.  The Minister made these remarks at a meeting with Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Minister of State for South Asia, the United Nations and the Commonwealth of the UK on Tuesday 18 January at the Foreign Ministry.  Reciprocating the sentiments, Lord Ahmad acknowledged the abiding nature of the partnership which offers impetus for cooperation. » Read more

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK addresses the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK Saroja Sirisena addressed the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council at the Carlton Club on 12 January 2022 under the theme ‘Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth and Global Britain’.

In her speech, she emphasised the broad spectrum of relations between Sri Lanka and the UK that are bound by historical ties dating back centuries and their expansion in the context of Sri Lanka’s membership in the Commonwealth. She elaborated that the Commonwealth is a natural launch pad of the Global Britain framework of the UK Government, and that Sri Lanka could be a significant partner to the Global Britain from Asia. » Read more

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK meets FCDO Minister of State for South and Central Asia, United Nations and the Commonwealth

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK Saroja Sirisena met the Minister of State for South and Central Asia, United Nations and the Commonwealth Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 11 January 2022 ahead of his forthcoming visit to Sri Lanka.

The meeting entailed discussion on issues of mutual interest in Sri Lanka – UK bilateral relations such as investment opportunities for UK companies in Sri Lanka, enhancing political relations between the two countries, partnership in education, employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in the UK and forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda and Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

 

High Commission of Sri Lanka
London

14 January 2022

The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in the United Kingdom commenced work for the year 2022

 

The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in the United Kingdom commenced work for the year 2022 by organising a special programme at the High Commission premises.

The programme commenced with the singing of the National Anthem by the staff of the High Commission and observing two minutes’ silence to commemorate war heroes and those who sacrificed their lives on behalf of the Motherland. This was followed by affirming the Public Servants’ Oath.

High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena in her remarks thanked the staff for the cooperation and support extended to achieve the objectives of the High Commission during the past challenging year. She also highlighted the importance of upholding the highest standards of integrity and commitment to discharge duties towards the benefit of all Sri Lankans. » Read more

Happy New Year

May the New Year bless you with health, happiness and prosperity!
 
-The High Commissioner & the team at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London-

Notice

Notice

As per the Covid 19 guidelines of the UK Government the Consular Section of this High Commission will be closed from Monday 20th December 2021 until further notice.  For any urgent matter, please contact via following emails or 07399501824.

mail@slhc-london.co.uk
attcons@slhc-london.co.uk
consular.london@mfa.gov.lk

 

High Commission of Sri Lanka
London

Facilitation of Swift Entry for all arrivals as Sri Lanka

All Sri Lankans and foreigners travelling to Sri Lanka are required to complete the Online Health Declaration Form prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka. The relevant link is given below;

https://airport.lk/health_declaration/index

Whilst the vaccine certificate and PCR test results can also be submitted on arrival in hard copy, to avoid delays that may be encountered during verification of the documents, online submission could ensure swift entry for all arrivals.

Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrates Deepavali with the participation of British Sri Lankan community

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held its annual Deepavali celebrations on 19 November 2021 at the High Commission premises, with the attendance of British Sri Lankan community, Councillors, UK Government representatives, and other dignitaries.

Celebrations commenced with Hindu religious observances led by Sivashri Eladchumi Thiyagaraja Kurukkal from Vel Murugan Temple in Watford, who invoked blessings on those who were present at the occasion, as well as on Sri Lanka and its people. » Read more

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa participates at the World Leaders Summit of COP26

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa participating at the World Leaders Summit of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) addressed the plenary on 01 November 2021.

He stated that Sri Lanka as a developing tropical island nation with abundant biodiversity, is deeply aware of the impacts of climate change, and its rich philosophical heritage, shaped by Lord Buddha’s teachings, places great value on environmental integrity. He also called upon all nations to work together in a spirit of true cooperation to overcome climate crisis and sustain humanity and the planet. » Read more

Speech by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the COP 26 Side Event, on 31 Oct 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Ayubowan.

It gives me great pleasure to address you this evening and I am very happy to see such an illustrious turnout at this event.

As we are all aware, climate change is one of the greatest crises the world currently faces.

The leaders of nearly all countries are meeting over the next two days to discuss and hopefully commit to actions that will start leading us out of it.

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Foreign Minister Prof G. L. Peiris visits Jesus College, University of Cambridge for discussions

 

Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris visited Jesus College, University of Cambridge, for a discussion of issues relating to Sri Lanka and the way forward.

Among those participating were Professor Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, the Rt. Hon. Sir Rupert Jackson PC QC, Professor Mads Andenas QC, Professor Andy Haynes, Professor Barry Rider, Ms Kim Hollis QC and Dr. Dominic Thomas – James.

The Foreign Minister thanked the legal luminaries for their kindness in participating in the discussion and for their valuable insights and suggestions.

In London, separately, Minister Peiris met former Foreign Minister of Australia and currently Director of the International School for Government in the United Kingdom Lord Daniel Brennan QC and Alexander Downer.

Foreign Ministry
Colombo

 

31 October, 2021

Final Keynote Address Hon. Tharaka Balasuriya, State Minister of Regional Cooperation at the “Youth in Climate Action Virtual Conference”, 29 October 2021

Ms. Maryaam Rehman, Director, British Council
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to deliver this final keynote address at the “Youth in Climate Action” Virtual Conference.  My congratulations to the British Council for organizing this virtual conference on a very timely and important topic, especially as the world eagerly awaits the outcome of the COP 26 which is to commence shortly in Glasgow. » Read more

Foreign Minister Prof G. L. Peiris meets the UK Foreign Secretary

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris met the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Elizabeth Truss on 26 October 2021 at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Minister Prof Peiris informed Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss that having fully vaccinated about 82% of the eligible population, life is getting back to normalcy in Sri Lanka. He informed that tourism which collapsed during the pandemic is picking up with modest numbers and other businesses are also picking up. He stated that Sri Lankan apparel industry which remained resilient even during the height of the pandemic was able to shift to produce other items such as Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs). » Read more

Wanderlust Travel Awards 2021

 

Sri Lanka can be voted for Wanderlust Travel Awards 2021 under the following two categories;

  • 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 – 𝐒𝐫𝐢 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐚
  • 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐮𝐥 – 𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞

The link to vote  https://wanderlusttravelawards.com/awards/ (Vote Here section)

Voting closes on October 22, 2021

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Sri Lanka High Commission pays an official visit to the Natural History Museum in London

High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena and the staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London was invited for an official visit to the Natural History Museum in London on 15 October 2021.

The Natural History Museum in London is a world-class visitor attraction that welcomes more than 5 million visitors annually and a leading science research centre which contains estimated 80 million specimens representing global biological and geological biodiversity. The Museum first opened its doors on 18 April 1881. It remained a part of the British Museum until 1963 and was officially renamed ‘The Natural History Museum’ in 1992.

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SUPPLY OF ELECTRICAL POWER FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES ON BUILD OWN OPERATE BASIS (BOO) FOR 20 YEAR CONTRACT PERIOD

The Government of Sri Lanka has targeted to achieve 70% of the electricity demand of country from Renewable Energy (RE) sources by 2030.

In this regard, the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) jointly invites proposals from prospective Investors (foreign and/or local), to invest and setup renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka to develop and generate electrical energy through Solar (Floating/Ground Mounted), Wind (Ground based/Offshore) and Biomass etc. and supply such electrical energy to the Ceylon Electricity Board of Sri Lanka. » Read more

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris co- chairs meeting with Minister Namal Rajapaksa on upgrading the digitalization of Consular Services at the Foreign Ministry

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris co-chaired a meeting with the Minister of Youth & Sports, Minister of Development Co-ordination and Monitoring & State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development Namal Rajapaksa, at the Foreign Ministry on 06 October 2021. State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Piyankara Jayaratne and State Minister of State Minister of Ornamental Fish, Inland Fish & Prawn Farming, Fishery Harbour Development, Multi day Fishing Activities and Fish Exports Kanchana Wijesekera participated in the meeting. » Read more

කාරුණික දැන්වීමයි

එක්සත් රාජධානියේ  ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ කොමසාරිස් කාර්යාලය සම්බන්ධයෙන් සමාජ මාධ්‍ය වල මේ දිනවල සංසරණය වන පුවතක්  සම්බන්ධව අපගේ අවධානය යොමුව ඇත.

එහි සඳහන් කරුණු සියල්ලම සත්‍යයෙන් තොර, පදනම් විරහිත, නිසි සොයා බැලීමකින් තොරව සහ ද්වේශ සහගත අරමුණින්  සිදුකරන ලද අභූත චෝදනා වේ. » Read more

Invitation for Bids

Invitation for Bids

Invitation for international bid proposals from reputed and experienced agencies for selection of a Destination Representation Company in the UK to facilitate PR and Communication activities of Global Communication Campaign 2021 – 2025

Tender Ref. No. SLTPB/GCC/2020/DA/005

The Chairman, Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee of Ministry of Tourism invites sealed bid proposals from reputed and experienced agencies for selection of a Destination Representation Company in the UK to facilitate PR and Communication activities of Global Communication Campaign 2021 – 2025, in coordination with Campaign Management Unit on behalf of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB). » Read more

CICA has a vital role to play and can render yeoman service under the current circumstances, states Foreign Minister Peiris  

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris stated that the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) has a vital role to play and can render yeoman service under the current circumstances to all its Member and Observer States, when the Executive Director of CICA Kairat Sarybay paid a courtesy call on the Minister in New York.

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Statement by Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris at the Ministerial Sessions on ‘Foreign Policy and Religion’ at the G20 Interfaith Forum, Bologna, Italy

Mr. Chairman, distinguished panelists, ladies, and gentlemen. Both the Maltese Minister and the Rector in their remarks spoke of the interface between religion and foreign policy. There is clearly an interface. The Rector, in her concluding remarks, also used the word ‘cynical’. There’s also a great deal of cynicism and skepticism that is all too evident, and I think there is a fundamental cause for this. There is the widespread conviction that foreign policy decisions are often made without any regard to ethical or moral factors. It is a question of loyalty to a group to which one happens to belong and then uncritically one follows a course of action that is dictated by that group. There is no attempt to search one’s own conscience, decide what is wrong, what is right in a particular situation.

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State Minister Tharaka Balasuriya participates in tourism promotion campaign in Moscow

State Minister of Regional Co-operation Tharaka Balasuriya undertook an official visit to Russia from 5– 8 September 2021, to participate at the opening of the Sri Lanka pavilion at the “OTDYKH Leisure Fair” and a Sri Lanka tourism promotion campaign in Moscow. Sri Lanka’s participation at these events were organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau targeting the winter season tourists from Russia.

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𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐒𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐫𝐢 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐚 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐫𝐢 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐊

The ‘SLHC and APSL Research Symposium 2021’ organised by the Sri Lanka High Commission in the UK and Association of Professional Sri Lankans (APSL) in the UK was held virtually on 01 September 2021 with representations of 25 universities in Sri Lanka and the UK.  The main objective of the Research Symposium was to provide a platform to Sri Lankan researchers (PhD/MPhil) to showcase their research work to academics of the two countries, and vice versa, and to provide an opportunity for the researchers to interact with experts in their respective fields of study.

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LTTE proscription in the UK

The Government of Sri Lanka has been made aware that the UK Home Secretary has decided to maintain the proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organization under the UK Terrorism Act No. 7 of 2000.

The Home Secretary’s decision, which has been taken following the judgement of the Proscribed Organizations Appeals Commission (POAC), rejects the application of a LTTE front organization to de-proscribe the LTTE in the UK.

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Foreign Ministry expresses condolences on the demise of former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L.Peiris and the staff of the Foreign Ministry express their deepest condolences on the passing away of former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

The late Minister Mangala Samaraweera served two terms as the Foreign Minister from 2005-2007 and 2015-2017.  He will be remembered for his commitment and dedication to duty, for the values he stood for and for his humane qualities. Sri Lanka has lost a leader who was deeply committed to the welfare and development of his country.

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Statement on situation in Afghanistan

The Government of Sri Lanka is deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and is closely monitoring developments. Our primary concern is the safety and security of Sri Lankans living in Afghanistan and evacuating them to safety or back to Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested the governments of USA, UK, India, Pakistan and the United Nations to assist in evacuating the Sri Lankans in Afghanistan, should they desire to do so. Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has during meetings with relevant envoys requested their assistance to the Sri Lankans in Afghanistan. The Government of Sri Lanka is ready to provide whatever facilities needed for this purpose. Of the total number of Sri Lankans in Afghanistan numbering eighty six (86), so far forty six (46) have already been evacuated. As of today, twenty (20) Sri Lankans are expecting to return from Afghanistan and Foreign Ministry is making arrangements for their evacuation. Meanwhile, twenty (20) other Sri Lankans have expressed their willingness to stay back in Afghanistan.

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Invitation for Bids

Invitation for international bid proposals from reputed and experienced agencies for selection of a Destination Representation Company in the UK to facilitate PR and Communication activities of Global Communication Campaign 2021 – 2025

Tender Ref. No. SLTPB/GCC/2020/DA/005

The Chairman, Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee of Ministry of Tourism invites sealed bid proposals from reputed and experienced agencies for selection of a Destination Representation Company in the UK to facilitate PR and Communication activities of Global Communication Campaign 2021 – 2025, in coordination with Campaign Management Unit on behalf of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB).

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Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris assumes duties

The newly appointed Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris assumed duties at the Ministry today (18 August, 2021) at a simple ceremony graced by outgoing Foreign Minister and the new Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena; State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya; State Minister of Women and Child Development, Preschools & Primary Education, School Infrastructure & Education Services Piyal Nishantha De Silva;  Member of Parliament and General Secretary of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Sagara Kariyawasam; Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage and other officials. The Buddhist clergy led by the chief incumbent of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya Ven. Dr. Bellanwila Dhammaratana Nayaka Thero invoked blessings on the occasion.

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Sri Lanka, as a globally acclaimed leisure destination, takes the lead to revitalize the regional and domestic tourism industry through enhanced regional cooperation

The Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, jointly with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, organized a virtual business to business (B2B) interactive session on 17 August, 2021, with the Member States of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) to enhance tourism cooperation. About 100 tourism industry experts representing the public and private sector from twenty-seven CICA Member States participated in the webinar. The discussions focused on the importance and benefits of international collective efforts and joint endeavors to build a more resilient and sustainable tourism sector in the post-pandemic era.

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Efforts to evacuate Sri Lankan nationals in Afghanistan

The Foreign Ministry wishes to clarify the following with regard to the current situation in Afghanistan and the ongoing efforts to evacuate Sri Lankan nationals there:

 

  • The Foreign Ministry is currently in the process of working with international partners to facilitate the return of Sri Lankan nationals in Afghanistan, if they wish to return.

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The late Lakshman Kadirgamar was an excellent and exemplary leader

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated that the late Lakshman Kadirgamar was a great Minister born in Sri Lanka and an excellent and exemplary leader. Minister Gunawardena made these observations after paying a floral tribute to the statue of the late Lakshman Kadirgamar at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Centre in Colombo on the occasion of his 16th death anniversary. State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya, Parliamentarians Suren Raghavan, Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to the Foreign Ministry Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, Mrs. Kadirgamar and a group of officials from the Foreign Ministry were also present at the event.

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Colombo Plan is a Source of Strength to Face Post- Pandemic Global Challenges – Foreign Minister

Addressing the inaugural session of the 47th Consultative Committee Meeting of The Colombo Plan on August 11, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that The Colombo Plan’s work and experience in the areas of socio-economic development will be a source of strength as member countries grapple with the challenges of the post-pandemic world. As the global climate calls for even more focus on social and economic development, The Colombo Plan member states must build upon existing cooperation and explore new avenues for cooperation in a new and challenging global environment.

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COP26 Regional Ambassador for Asia-Pacific and South Asia Ken O’Flaherty commends Sri Lanka for its commitments on renewable energy and climate action

The COP26 Regional Ambassador for the Asia-Pacific and South Asia Ken O’Flaherty congratulated Sri Lanka for timely submission of its updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) with ambitious commitments on renewable energy and net zero carbon, as well as a pledge for “no more coal.” He reiterated that the commitment at the highest level of policy making is the strength behind such ambitious commitments and it would no doubt bring wide accolades to Sri Lanka. Ambassador O’Flaherty also stated that there are a wide range of opportunities for countries when they submit NDCs with clear ambitious targets, not only for climate financing grants, but also for attracting foreign investors who are increasingly focusing on countries with clear de-carbonizing mechanisms in their policies. He reiterated that overall Net Zero Carbon by 2050 is an important target accepted by an increasing number of countries.

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State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya stresses Sri Lanka’s commitment for enhanced cooperation at the 28th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)

State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya, speaking at the 28th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) held virtually on 6 August 2021, emphasised Sri Lanka’s commitment for enhanced cooperation with the ARF. The State Minister Balasuriya appreciated the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) for the initiatives to empower youth, sustainable use of ocean resources and promoting successful ocean based trading system, as well as combating and preventing cybercrime in the context of developing a digital economy through a collective mechanism.  Sri Lanka further expressed its commitment to work in tandem with ARF and contribute, with a focused effort, to promote ideas and best practices. State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya represented Sri Lanka at the meeting which was chaired by the Foreign Minister of Brunei Darussalam Dato Erywan Yusof.

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The Kandy Esela Perahera 2021

Witness Sri Lanka’s oldest and most splendid annual parade showing the cultural essence of Sri Lanka!

Tune into the live stream from 13th to 23rd August 2021 from 7 pm onwards SLST (+5.30GMT) via www.facebook.com/tourismsrilanka.gov.lk

 

Foreign Minister Gunawardena stresses enhanced global vaccine collaboration at the First International Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation

Addressing the first International Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation held virtually on 05 August 2021, Foreign Minister Gunawardena called for enhanced global efforts to forge closer cooperation between countries to enable the availability and affordability of COVID-19 vaccines to everyone in line with SDG 3 target to ensure access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

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Establishment of Three Regional Offices within the past ten months to decentralize the Consular services of the Foreign Ministry 

The Programme on Decentralization of Consular Services within the purview of the Foreign Ministry is underway. Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage points out that this Programme is being conducted under the instructions and guidance of the Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, in accordance with the scheme by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to bring public services to the village. Secretary Colombage also points out that the three Regional Consular offices in Kandy, Trincomalee and Kurunegala districts have been dedicated to public service in the previous ten months under the present Government and that preliminary action has been taken to establish two other Regional offices in Badulla and Ampara districts before the end of this year.

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Video of Counterfeit “NIKE” shoes with LTTE insignia circulating on social media

The attention of this Ministry was drawn to a video circulating on social media of a pair of shoes, bearing the NIKE logo and LTTE insignia.

On inquiry, NIKE, Inc. confirmed that the shoes depicted in the video have not been manufactured by NIKE.

The NIKE, Inc. also informed that they would investigate to ascertain the abuse of intellectual property and conduct appropriate enforcement as per company practice.

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

31 July, 2021

Celebrating the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Between 30-50% of mangroves have been lost over the past 50 years. New approaches for the restoration of mangroves are emerging; benefiting from new, low-cost technologies and supporting the resilience of local communities through empowered engagement and innovative funding. As has been underlined by the recent X-Press Pearl disaster, off the coast of Sri Lanka, coastal mangrove ecosystems are vulnerable to a wide range of possible stressors, which requires reliable monitoring and response plans.

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Prime Minister declares open a Regional Consular Office in Kurunegala

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open a Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry in Kurunegala virtually on 27 July 2021. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Highways & Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando, Provincial Governor for North-Western Province Raja Kollure, State Minister for Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya, and several other dignitaries joined the opening ceremony.

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Appointment of the first High Commissioner of the New Zealand to Sri Lanka

The Government of New Zealand with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka has appointed Mr. Michael Edward Appleton as the first High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka based in Colombo. He has presented credentials to H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka on 22 July 2021 at 10.30 a.m. at President’s House, Colombo 01.

Foreign Ministry

Colombo

22 July, 2021

Statement by Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka International Conference

 “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities” 

Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, 15-16 July 2021

Your Excellency Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzebkistan,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to participate in this high-level forum dedicated to discussing the very relevant topic of connectivity between two important and dynamic regions in the world today: Central and South Asia.  I would like to commend His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, for organising this timely forum bringing together the views of diverse countries on one platform in spite of the challenges posed globally by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is also an opportune moment to discuss connectivity, when Uzbekistan and the other Central Asian countries mark their third decade as independent nations this year.

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Joint Media Release – Sri Lanka launches the Submarine Cable Protection and Resilience Framework

Joint Media Release

(The Foreign Ministry and the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka launches the Submarine Cable Protection and Resilience Framework

On 15 July 2021, at a stakeholder meeting chaired by Secretary to the President Dr. P. B. Jayasundara launched the Submarine Cable Protection and Resilience Framework.

Sri Lanka is the first country in Asia to come up with such a Framework and it would have not been possible, if not for generous support of the Government of Japan through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) – Global Maritime Crimes Programme (GMCP).

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Sri Lanka informs EU of action to review PTA and on progress in reconciliation

The Government of Sri Lanka has apprised the European Union (EU) of progress in specific areas of reconciliation, as part of its regular engagement and dialogue with the organization.  Accordingly, the Foreign Ministry on 25 June, informed the EU of action underway to revisit provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, No 48 of 1979, with the study of existing legislation, past practice, and international best practices.

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The largest Poson pandal in Europe displayed at the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre, Kingsbury

High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena and the members of the staff at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London participated at the Poson celebrations organised by the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury under the aegis of the Chief Incumbent Aggamahapandita Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi, MBE on 24 June 2021.

The highlight of the celebrations was the display of a colourful pandal depicting the life story of Bhikkhuni Patachara which was inaugurated by High Commissioner Sirisena. The pandal which is 65 feet tall is the largest Poson pandal ever displayed in Europe. It was displayed at the forecourt of the temple premises for a period of one week.

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Policies from Sri Lanka receive Future Policy Award 2021 on protection from hazardous chemicals

Sri Lanka’s Control of Pesticides Act No. 33 of 1980 and the National Policy and Action Plan on Prevention of Suicide of 1997 are among the five inspiring and impactful laws and policies that won the Future Policy Award 2021.

The Award, often referred to as the ‘Oscar on Best Polices’ is celebrating the most effective policy solutions that minimise the adverse effects of exposure to chemicals on human health and the environment. The above two policies from Sri Lanka have contributed to one of the greatest decreases in suicide rates ever achieved in the world. They have saved about 93,000 lives over 20 years at a direct government cost of less than USD 50 per life.

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Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena attends the Asia-Pacific High Level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation

Addressing the Asia-Pacific High Level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation virtually on 23 June, 2021, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunwardena stressed the importance of enhanced cooperation among states and other partners in addressing the COVID-19 challenges, including by recognizing the vaccines as global public health good. He also highlighted Sri Lanka’s policy focus and thrust on sustainable development with renewable energy as a national priority.

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High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena meets the Executive Committee of the Sri Lankan Medical & Dental Association in the UK

High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena together with senior diplomatic officers met the members of the Executive Committee of the Sri Lankan Medical & Dental Association in the UK (SLMDA-UK) at the High Commission of Sri Lanka on 19 June 2021.

At the meeting, the members of the Executive Committee informed of the origins of the Association in 1982 and that it is a voluntary Association for Sri Lankan and Sri Lankan origin Medical & Dental professionals in the UK.  They also briefed the High Commissioner of the activities and charitable work undertaken by the Association in the recent past.

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Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and U.K. Minister for South Asia, Lord Ahmad discuss steps to enhance bilateral cooperation

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and the UK Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad have agreed to explore avenues to boost bilateral ties, during a video call yesterday, Thursday, 17 June 2021. They welcomed the multifaceted nature of the bilateral engagement between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom in a wide range of areas of mutually beneficial cooperation.

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British Sri Lankans donate medical items to Sri Lankan hospitals

Dr Dinuka de Silva handed over 500 Non-rebreather masks for the use of Intermediate Covid-19 Treatment Centre at the Divisional Hospital Ittapana to High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena recently.
Many Associations of Sri Lankans in the UK as well as individual donors and well-wishers have also contributed to the Sri Lankan hospitals by providing medical equipment urgently required by health authorities in Sri Lanka. The High Commission, with the generous assistance of the national carrier SriLankan Airlines, already dispatched a several consignments of such medical items. The details of the donations are given below:

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Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrates Vesak

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held annual Vesak celebrations from 26-30 May 2021 at the High Commission premises while observing the UK Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.

The celebrations began with a ceremony on 26 May 2021 with the attendance of the Maha Sangha, Members of Houses of Parliament, the diplomatic corps and members of British Sri Lankan community.

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Webinar on “Ceylon Artisanal Teas”

In celebration of the International Tea Day – 21st May 2021, the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) and Colombo Tea Traders Association (CTTA) have organized a webinar to introduce Sri Lanka’s artisanal teas to a wider audience of tea connoisseurs around the world.

The webinar will include a short video on the Ceylon Artisanal Tea Association (CATA) and live visits to several member estates, as well as a panel discussion on the growing global demand for artisanal tea featuring Sri Lankan leading tea exporters and major global tea buyers and writers etc.

Feel free to join – 21 May 2021, 1PM UK time @ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89535798612

Notice- Review of the approval and quarantine procedure to enter Sri Lanka

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

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 hold foreign nationality

Ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports (who do not hold Dual Citizenship) as well as Dual citizens travelling on foreign pasports travelling to Sri Lanka for family visits/family emergencies etc should continue to obtain prior approval of the Foreign Ministry. Such persons should obtain Foreign Ministry/Civil Aviation Authority approval by sending a request to the Covid Team at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo to email address entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk with copy to kanchana.bandara@mfa.gov.lk giving the following details:

  1. Name of the passenger
  2. Nationality and the passport number
  3. The country of departure
  4. Intended date of entry into Sri Lanka and the flight number, if available
  5. 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 by email from the Foreign Ministry for traveling to Sri Lanka) to obtain a visa/Landing Endorsement by paying the relevant 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.

Last updated on 07 June 2021

Sri Lankan cuisine promoted at ‘The Dorchester’ in London

The Sri Lankan born executive chef Mario Perera is showcasing the vibrant, colourful and spiced dishes from Sri Lanka at the brand-new dining outlet at The Dorchester from 10 – 30 May 2021.  The newest culinary experience ‘A taste of Sri Lanka with executive chef Mario Perera’ is the third instalment of The Dorchester’s summer series.

Chef Perera’s culinary endeavour which is supported by the Sri Lanka High Commission in London and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, is a combination of the passion for his Sri Lankan heritage and 20 years’ experience at The Dorchester.

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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

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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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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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

“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

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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