Important Notice From The Sri Lanka High Commission

As you are aware, the Government of Sri Lanka has urged all Sri Lankans who wish to return to Sri Lanka to safely remain where they are currently staying until the COVID-19 situation in Sri Lanka is brought under control.

In this situation it is extremely important that you all remain healthy and safe. Kindly follow the advice of the health services to protect you from the virus (such as practising good hygiene, social distancing and avoiding public gatherings).

In this difficult time the High Commission of Sri Lanka along with the Consulate General Offices of Melbourne and Sydney is available to extend assistance to you.

If you have any specific concerns/needs kindly contact the closest Sri Lanka High Commission/ Consulate General Office in Australia.

Sri Lanka High Commission, Canberra:
Hotline: 0061-0492416141 (email: or )

Sri Lanka Consulate General ,Melbourne:
Hotline: 0061-407000135
e-mail: or

Sri Lanka Consulate General, Sydney:
Hotline: 0061-2-92238729, 0061-2-9223 8742

Email: or or


High Commission of Sri Lanka


Online portal (Contact Sri Lanka)

The  High Commission of Sri Lanka wishes to inform that  an on-line portal (Contact Sri Lanka) has now been launched by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the benefit of overseas Sri Lankans. All Sri Lankans living abroad are invited to register voluntarily allowing the Government of Sri Lanka to reach out and provide assistance. This online portal can be accessed at.

Foreign Ministry Launches ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ – Online Portal for Overseas Sri Lankans in Collaboration with ICTA

‘Contact Sri Lanka’ an online portal jointly created by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the benefit of Overseas Sri Lankans was launched today (26 March 2020) at the Ministry of Foreign Relations. The web link is hosted on the Ministry web page and also can be accessed at

Establishment of the portal, is pursuant to the call made by  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for coordinated efforts by all Government stakeholders to fight the COVID-19 outbreak and to Read More »

Limitation of Consular Services

Taking into consideration the evolving global situation and high risk associated with COVID-19, the consular services offered by the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Canberra will be limited to following consular services, until further notice.

  • Issuance of Emergency Travel Document for Sri Lankan Citizens
  • Issuance of Certificates related to death of Sri Lankan National
  • Any other emergency services considered necessarily
  • Urgent inquiries regarding COVID-19 pandemic

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Media Releases issued by the President’s Media Division

The Government has decided to indefinitely extend the closure of the arrival terminal at the Airport

– Flights with passengers will continue to leave Sri Lanka

– Ports operations continue uninterrupted

Click here to read the Media Release

Foreign Ministry facilitates outward movement of foreign nationals

Arrangements are being made for the smooth return of foreign nationals who are presently in Sri Lanka on tourist and other visa categories. This will be done using both regular flight movements operating through Sri Lanka and also charter flights that may be deployed, as the airport remains open for outbound passenger movements.

Modalities to facilitate these movements were discussed today at a meeting chaired by Secretary Foreign Relations, Ravinatha Aryasinha. The meeting was attended by the Ambassadors representing the western hemisphere as well as representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Police Department, Department of Immigration, Read More »

Special Notice From The Civil Aviation Authority Of Sri Lanka Regarding The Closure Of Airports

According to instructions received from Sri Lanka Health Authorities, all international Airports in Sri Lanka will be closed for operation of inward international commercial passenger flights (i.e arrivals) with effect from 0400hrs on 19 March 2020 (local time in Sri Lanka) until 2359hrs on 25 March 2020 (local time in Sri Lanka).

The closure will be reviewed by the Sri Lanka Authorities.

however,during the above mentioned restricted period the following will be permitted: Read More »

Sri Lanka urges foreign states to extend visas of visiting Sri Lankans

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has requested foreign governments to facilitate the appropriate extension of visas for Sri Lankans currently visiting their countries, and facing difficulty to return to Sri Lanka on account of the travel bans that have and will become applicable as part of the control measures on COVID- 19. He noted that the Government of Sri Lanka had on Tuesday (17 March) announced a one-month extension of all types of visas for those foreign nationals presently in the country, from the date of expiry of their present visas. He said such reciprocal arrangements were a common practice, and hoped that this could be facilitated for Sri Lankans, to minimize the anxieties faced by those travelling, in these exceptional times. Read More »

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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