International Tea Day is a United Nations observance celebrated annually on May 21 to express the economical, biological and physical benefits of tea. It was inaugurated by the General Assembly and essentially replaced the unofficial observance of the same name, which used to be celebrated on December 15 in tea producing countries. The observance of International Tea Day is promoted and facilitated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in collaboration with other relevant organizations and stakeholders. Read More »

Sri Lanka Tourism: Comprehensive Visitor Information Portal

Ayubowan and Welcome back to the paradise island of Sri Lanka. As we open our doors to the world once again ; we’ve pulled out all the stops, ensuring that every precautionary measure has been set in place to make your island getaway as safe, secure and serene as possible. In your preparation to explore the wild and wonderful, we’d like to bring your attention to the ‘things you need to know ‘ for your safety as you make your way to an amazing time that is So Sri Lanka!

We are so looking forward to welcome you!   Click  the link ….

Colombo Plan Scholars visit Sri Lanka High Commission, Canberra

An event was held at the Sri Lanka High Commission, Canberra on 14th April, 2022 to welcome Colombo Plan Scholars who will pursue studies in Sri Lanka under New Colombo Plan Programme.

The New Colombo Plan Programme annually provides around 10,000 undergraduates to study and undertake internship in 40 countries across Asia and Pacific regions.

Addressing the gathering, Actg. High Commissioner thanked Colombo Plan Scholars for choosing Sri Lanka for the study programme.  Highlighting the longstanding bilateral relations between Sri Lanka-Australia, she said Sri Lanka maintains close relations with Australia since independence and Ceylon and Australia took initiatives to set up Colombo Plan.  In 1951, then Finance Minister of Sri Lanka, J.R. Jayawardena and Australia’s Foreign Minister, Sir Percy Spender took initiative in suggesting regional organization for economic developments.

Joshua Gulli from Deakin University who is going to the University of Peradeniya stated that this would be his first visit to Sri Lanka and he is excited to visit small but diverse island. “Besides its natural resources, the island can show evidence of 25 centuries of continuous civilization and culture” he added.  Harine Somasundaram whose parents are from Jaffna shared her pleasant memories in Sri Lanka and said it was an honour for her to be part of the event at the High Commission especially during Sinhala and Tamil New Year day.

The programme included Power Point Presentation on Sri Lanka, screening of a video on touristic attractions in the country and welcoming the Sinhala & Tamil New Year with tasting new year meal.   The participants enjoyed traditional new year food and sweets prepared by the staff of the High Commission.

The Colombo Plan supports its member countries to enhance social economic development through educational programmes over 70 years.

Sri Lanka High Commission


19 April 2022

Message to Sri Lankans living abroad from Dr. P Nandalal Weerasinghe, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Currently, Sri Lanka is facing social, economic and financial distress creating hardships for its people due to the long-lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, global political imbalances and macroeconomic imbalances in the country. Although the authorities are taking measures to address the above situation of the country, including taking steps to actively manage its debt obligations, finding immediate financial assistance from other nations and progressing at the discussions with the International Monetary Fund for a comprehensive program, the positive impacts of such measures will benefit the people only in the medium to long term. Therefore, urgent measures are needed to enhance the foreign reserve position of the country to meet its day-to-day essential imports including food, fuel and medicine.  Read More »

Measures to be Followed Regarding Human Remains Repatriated from Overseas during the Pandemic of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The latest guidelines No. DQ/06/2020 dated 28/01/2022 issued by the Director General of Health Services on measures to be  followed regarding Human Remains repatriated from Overseas during the Pandemic of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Please click on this link….

Revision of Director General of Health Services Circular permitting burial of COVID Victims at any cemetery or burial ground

Please find attached Circular issued by the Director General of Health Services letter EPID/400/2019in-COV dated 02.03.2022 revising the rules pertaining to burial of COVID victims.

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75th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Australia: Call for Stories

In line with the 75th Anniversary of establishment of Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Australia, the Australian High Commission in Colombo is in the process of collecting successful stories from Sri Lankans living in Australia to feature in the Australian High Commission’s Anniversary Web Site (

The stories would be within 500-700 words in length.  Interested Sri Lankans who wish to share their successful stories, are kindly requested to e-mail the stories to Sri Lanka High Commission ( on or before 24th March, 2022 as per the format given with this link.

Exemption of Pre-Departure COVID-19 testing of Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Quarantine measures for travelers arriving from overseas during the pandemic of COVID-19.  Please click the link below for instruction given by the DGHS letter issued on 25th February 2022.

Exemption of Pre-Departure COVID-19 testing of Fully Vaccinated Travellers….

Australia to assist Sri Lanka in developing a comprehensive national maritime disaster preparedness mechanism

The Ocean Affairs, Environment & Climate Change Division of the Foreign Ministry, together with the High Commission of Australia to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, held a multi-stakeholder meeting recently, to discuss international best practices, application of Systems Engineering model to work on the vision, mission and needs of Sri Lanka to establish a holistic and state-of-the-art Maritime Safety Authority. 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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