Foreign Passport holders traveling to the North

Foreign Passport holders traveling to the North

Foreign Passport holders traveling to the following areas in the North are required to inform the MOD & UD and obtain prior approval. They can apply by fax or online.

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Sri Lanka and Thailand launch diamond jubilee celebrations of diplomatic relations


The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand is being launched today, (20 November 2014). The two countries established formal diplomatic relations on 20 November 1955. Sri Lanka and Thailand have a long history of close religious, cultural and trade links fostered over several centuries.

Minister Peiris voices concerns of GOSL over OHCHR Investigation

The Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris met the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, Mr. Subinay Nandy today  and conveyed to him, the Government’s extreme discontent regarding the unprofessional manner in which the investigation on Sri Lanka is being conducted by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The Minister’s protest to the UN Resident Coordinator focused on the unacceptable way in which the deadline for submission of evidence to the investigation, 30 October, that had been originally set by the OHCHR had been changed unofficially and re-set once again.

GOSL responds to News Release by the UN OHCHR

Following the News Release yesterday (7 November 2014) by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemning disinformation designed to discredit the UN investigation on Sri Lanka, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva has sent the attached communication to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in this regard.

Ministry of External Affairs

8th November 2014

Sri Lanka condemns suicide bomb attack in Wagah, Pakistan

The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the heinous suicide terrorist attack at Wagah, Pakistan, on 02nd November 2014 killing at least 60 people and injuring over 100 others. 

The people of Sri Lanka share the pain and anguish of the people of Pakistan over this wanton act of terror targeting innocent civilians.  Sri Lanka is confident of the fortitude and resilience of the Government and the people of Pakistan to remain firmly resolved to defeat terrorism.  This incident demonstrates the urgent need to further intensify international cooperation to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in the interest of global peace and security. 

The Government and the people of Sri Lanka offer their deepest condolences to the Government and the people of Pakistan, as well as to the bereaved families and wish those injured in this tragic incident, a speedy recovery. 

Ministry of External Affairs
05th November 2014


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