High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Important Notice with regard to the extension of the validity period of the visas of foreign nationals stranded in India due to COVID-19 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 18 April 2020 14:39

The Government of India has conveyed the following notice to the Diplomatic Missions in India with regard to the extension of the validity period of the visas of foreign nationals who are stranded in India due to COVID-19:
“Regular Visa, e-Visa or stay stipulation, of such foreign nationals who have been stranded in India because of spread of COVID-19 in many parts of the world and also due to travel restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities and whose visas have expired or would be expiring during the period from 01 February 2020 (Midnight), to 03 May 2020 (Midnight), would be extended till midnight of 03 May 2020 on ‘GRATIS’ basis, after making online application by the foreigner. Exit of such foreign nationals, if so requested by them, will also be granted to them upto 14 days beyond 03 May 2020 i.e., 17 May 2020 without levy of overstay penalty.”

New bank account introduced to remit foreign currency earnings PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 12 April 2020 11:56
  • Several parties are eligible 
  • Higher interest rates 
  • Free from taxes and foreign exchange regulations 

A new bank account termed Special Deposit Account (SDA) has now been introduced for all Sri Lankans living in and outside the country to remit their foreign currency earnings, savings and investments to any bank of their choice in Sri Lanka. It is in the form of Term Deposits either in any designated foreign currency or in Sri Lanka Rupees. 

Double Your Protection Drink Black Tea PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 12 April 2020 06:02

Foreign Secretary Aryasinha outlines role and preparations of the Ministry and its missions in tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 06 April 2020 13:15

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has outlined the role and preparations of the Ministry of Foreign Relations and its missions across the world, in helping Sri Lanka tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing concerns of Sri Lankan nationals overseas. Referring to Sri Lankan citizens abroad, he said “parents here in Sri Lanka, should rest a little bit more comfortably about their children, knowing that the Embassy is a phone call away and if there are issues on the ground, that our Missions abroad will deal with it” and that “if there is a real calamity, the Government of Sri Lanka will step in”. He said while dealing with the immediate concerns at hand, the Ministry and Missions are working hard “to anticipate and prepare for any difficulties ahead, and to further map out what we do the day after this problem is solved, particularly on the economic front”.

The Foreign Secretary made these observations, in a wide-ranging interview with Indeewari Amuwatte, on the ‘Hyde Park’ programme of Ada Derana 24, on 4 April 2020.

Full interview is at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY1eD5c__h4

Below is the transcript of Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha’s interview with Indeewari Amuwatte on ‘Hyde Park’ on Ada Derana 24 on 4th April 2020 (Pl. note that some comments have been re-clustered under relevant headings)

Foreign Ministry takes stock of action by Sri Lanka Missions abroad to ensure the welfare of Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 03 April 2020 05:20

The Ministry of Foreign Relations, sensitive to the concerns of the OSLs amidst the rapid spread of the COVID-19 and the inability to return to Sri Lanka, has held consultations over the past 2 days with its Heads of Missions based in 67 cities across the world, to facilitate the wellbeing and safety of Overseas Sri Lankans, while preparing for any exigencies they could have to meet in the coming days.

In a series of tele-conferences led by Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha with Heads of Mission/Post in 5 regional clusters (South Asia, Middle East, South East Asia & East Asia, Africa & Latin America, as well as North America & Europe), issues that demanded attention in respect of Overseas Sri Lankans were discussed, in keeping with the Government’s policy directives, on the COVID -19 pandemic. The focal point of the Foreign Ministry on COVID -19 Action and DG/East Asia Mr. Kandeepan Balasubramaniam, Additional Secretaries, respective territorial DGs and relevant functional DGs of the Ministry were associated in the discussions. The Acting General Manager of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), W.M.V. Wansekara, also attended some of the consultations which focused on Sri Lankan migrant receiving countries.


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