Applying for a passport, is usually a tedious task, however, with the coming in of the internet and online passport application forms, it has made the entire process a lot easier. Applying for a passport online saves users a lot of time and energy, as compared to the previous years.
Applying for a Sri Lankan passport in India can be done through the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi. Ideally, the passports can only be applied for by Sri Lankan nationals with rare exceptions.
- Below are the documents that would have to be submitted when applying for a passport.
- Old passport or a copy of the old passport.
- Valid original Indian Resident Permit / Legitimating card if available.
- Four coloured photos without borders in the dimensions of 4.5 x 3.5 cm.
- Birth certificate.
- National Identity Card.
- Marriage Certificate (if the applicant is married).
- Form D-3
- Photocopies of all the originals.
- Self-addressed cover with a stamp if the new passport is to be sent to the applicant by post.
- A fee of Rs. 8,250 in Indian rupees.
If a Sri Lankan citizen is applying for a passport through a consulate branch not based in Sri Lanka, they are authorised to provide only emergency passports. All Sri Lankan citizens should apply for a passport through the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, Colombo.
Although the process might seem difficult, applicants receive passports valid for ten years.
However, if there is an emergency and a Sri Lankan national would like to get back to Sri Lanka from another country, a temporary travel document can be obtained. To apply for an emergency travel document click on the link here. These documents are valid for six months. Sri Lankan passports can be renewed or altered if there were changes required, remotely through branches in New Delhi among other countries as well.
Sri Lanka does provide short stay tourist visas on arrival to different individuals from different countries. However, the safer bet would be to apply for an online visa in advance since it takes about thirty days to receive them.
Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka is based out of Chennai and would be able to assist all applicants with information relating to their passport applications and so on.