Status of Sri Lankans residing in Wuhan, China

On the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing today, submitted an application to land a Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft in Wuhan city airport to airlift 32 Sri Lankan students including their family members. The Embassy is closely following up with the Foreign Ministry of China and Foreign Affairs Office of the Wuhan Province to expedite the process of obtaining clearance for the landing of the aircraft, as soon as they are allowed to travel out of their present locations.

The Ministry, Embassy and Consulate Generals are also working with the Sri Lankan Airlines in seeking to operationalize instructions to bring back all other Sri Lankan students presently in China. Read More »

Army Prays for All Victims in Australia & Invokes Blessings on Sri Lanka’s Prosperity

In a phenomenally empathetic gesture, thousands of Army personnel at island-wide Security Force HQs, Training Schools and Army formations simultaneously joined hands together sharp at 7.00 pm today (14) and prayed for speedy healing and recovery for the affected in Australia, Dawn of prosperity to all Sri Lankans and the World in 2020 while transferring merits to Aussies and animals, perished in raging bushfires and all those who had laid lives in natural and man-made disasters.

This gesture for spiritual healing, one of the mammoth collective efforts of the Army was the brainchild of the acting Chief of Defence Staff & Commander of the Army, Read More »

Commencement of Work on January 1st at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra

The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra commenced work on the first day of the year  with  a special programme held in the morning of Wednesday, 01 January 2020 at its premises.

The programme commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by the Acting High Commissioner followed by the singing of the national anthem by the staff. Afterwards, two minutes silence was observed to commemorate the war heroes and others who sacrificed their lives on behalf of the motherland. Thereafter, the staff of the High Commission took the “Oath of Public Servants” pledging to work, efficiently and productively throughout the year. Read More »

High Commission of Sri Lanka in Canberra Celebrates Christmas

High Commission of Sri Lanka in Canberra celebrated Christmas with the participation of Sri Lankan community at the High Commission premises on 29 November 2019, in keeping with the tradition of commemorating the important festivals of all religions practiced in Sri Lanka. The Rev. Father Steve Nation led Christmas prayers in English and highlighted the meaning of Christmas, coexistence with other faiths and how its empathetic towards other religions.  Rev. Father Ruwan Pradeep delivered the Christmas message trilingually in Sinhala, Tamil and English highlighting the significance of celebration of Christmas by communities around the world. Read More »

State Minister Susil Premajayantha sworn in

Hon. Susil Premajayantha,M.P. was sworn in as the State Minister of International Cooperation before H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksha, President of Sri Lanka at the President secretariat on 27th November  2019.

Important Notice

The Official Website of Sri Lanka ETA Visa

Foreign nationals who wish to visit Sri Lanka for tourism , business and other purposes  are strongly advised to use only the official Government of Sri Lanka ETA website  and to be cautious  of other  unauthorized  Electronic Travel Authorization  ( ETA) websites  that scam them into pay exorbitant fees.

The issuing authority of the Sri Lankan visa is Department of Immigration & Emigration and the link for its website is

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Foreign Minister Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena sworn in

Hon.Dinesh Gunawardena, M.P was sworn in as the Minister of Foreign Affairs,Skills Development,Employment and Labour Relation before H.E Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka at the President Secretariat on 22 November 2019 .

Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as new Prime Minister

Former President and the leader of Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (21).

The swearing in ceremony was attended by former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former Ministers and several other dignitaries.

Following the defeat his Party candidate’s defeat at the recently concluded Presidential Election, former Premier Wickremesinghe rendered his resignation clearing the way for new President to form a government. Read More »

Appointment to the Post of Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Ravinatha P Aryasinha has been appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by H.E. the President with effect from 19 November 2019.


High Commission of Sri Lanka in Canberra

20 November 2019 

EXPO 2020 Sri Lanka

The Export Development Board of Sri Lanka has informed that an official website on the Sri Lanka participation at EXPO 2020 Dubai was launched on 17th October 2019 by Hon. Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade.

The official website address is

Register with the High Commission

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra would like to keep in touch with Sri Lankans and persons of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and other Pacific Islands as well as Sri Lankan community organisations in those countries.

If you are a current/former Sri Lankan or an office bearer of a Sri Lankan community organisation we invite you to register with the High Commission.


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