(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Immigration and Emigration Department said having considered the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country, it has been decided to further extend the validity period of all types of Visas issued to all foreigners who are currently residing in Sri Lanka for another 30 days.
Accordingly, the validity period of all types of Visas will be extended till 12th May 2020.
Earlier, the validity period of all types of Visas had been extended for a period of 30 days with effect from 14th March 2020 to 12th April 2020.
In a notice issued as per the instructions of the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration, the Department said the procedure to pay the relevant visa fee and to get the visa endorsed in the Passport will be informed to the foreign nationals later.
The Department informed the visa holders to refrain from visiting the Visa Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
“If you intend to leave the island during the aforementioned period; your journey will be facilitated by paying the relevant visa fee at the Airport without any penalty,” the Department said.
The validity period of the Acknowledgements issued for the applications already submitted to the Department of Immigration and Emigration to obtain visas, will also be extended for another period of 30 days; till 12th May 2020.
“If you intend to leave the country during the given period, a request to obtain your passport along with a scan copy of the Acknowledgement and the flight ticket should be sent to the following email addresses. Necessary advises in this regard, will be communicated to you accordingly via the same channel.”