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New Passport

The Controller of Immigration & Emigration of Sri Lanka introduced a new series of machine readable passports with facility for the digital transfer of photograph and signature of the holder to prevent photograph substitution from 02 September 1996. 

Applications for new passports can be made 06 months in advance of the expiry of the current passport.

New passports can also be obtained when there are no more pages for visa endorsements.

Duly completed applications should be forwarded to the Consular Section of the Embassy with the originals of the following documents along with two photocopies.
Required documents:

  • Form ‘K’ ( passport application form )-Application for a new travel doc.-Form K IM 35
  • 4 colour photographs [3.5 x 4.5 cm] taken within 3 months – with out white border ( should be ‘direct face” and both ears must be visible )
  • Current Travel Document and 2 sets of photo copies of ID data and alteration pages
  • Original Birth Certificate (Translations are not considered as originals)
  • Sri Lankan National Identity Card
  • Residence Card or documents relating to the present visa status of the applicant, if the visa is not stamped on the passport.
  • For female applicants, in case of the change of the maiden name after marriage, original Marriage Certificate. If the marriage has been registered outside Sri Lanka , such Marriage Certificate should be countersigned by the diplomatic representation of the country where the marriage was registered.
  • If the applicant is a Sri Lankan citizen by registration, original Citizenship Certificate/Dual Citizenship Certificate
  • Academic/Professional Certificate or letter of appointment if the job description is required. If there is a change in the profession or new profession to be included in the passport, original professional certificate or similar proof which has to be certified by the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo or the diplomatic representation of the country where such document was issued.
  • Relevant passport fee



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