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Issuance of a New Passport in lieu of a Current / Expired Passport PDF Print E-mail


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  • No prior appointments - First come first served basis.
  • All original documents must be submitted along with photocopies.
  • Fees - ONLY CASH at the Consular Counters.
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A Sri Lankan citizen by descent or by registration can apply for a Sri Lankan Passport. Ordinary passports are valid for 10 years from the date of issuance unless otherwise endorsed. A new passport should be obtained on the expiry of 10 years from the date of issue, or if there are no pages for visa endorsements.


Following documents are required to be submitted (Originals with 01 set of photocopies from each) along with the duly completed IM35 application.

    1. Current/most recent Passport (Copies of data/photo page & observation/alteration pages)
    2. Current visa to stay in the UK/Ireland or UK/Ireland passport if the applicant is a Dual Citizen
    3. Non Acquisition of British Citizenship confirmation from the UK Border Agency (NQ2 form) if the Indefinite visa/Permanent Residence card (10 years) is older than one year.
    4. Original Birth Certificate (Translations are not accepted)
    5. Certificate under the Citizenship Act (Under Section 5(2) or 17) required, if the applicant was born outside Sri Lanka or a citizen by registration.
    6. Appropriate Academic/professional certificates are required for high skilled professions and a letter from the employer stating the designation is required for other professions.
    7. Marriage Certificate if the applicant is married and wishes to have husband’s surname included in the passport
    8. Copies of Sri Lankan National Identity Card , Sri Lankan Driving Licence  (If available)
    9. Dual Citizenship Certificate (If the applicant is a Dual Citizen)

10. If the applicant of the passport is a child under 16 years, following documents are additionally required.

      • No objection letter from both parents
      • Copies of parents current passports (Data page, observation/alteration pages and child inclusion pages)
      • Parent’s Marriage Certificate ( If they were married)
      • Other appropriate documents (such as decision of the court if parents have divorced, in case separated any official document ,death certificate if one or both parents are deceased, documentation evidence with regard to the legal guardianship of the minor etc.)


 The Prescribed Fee:

1.    For ‘M’ or ‘N’ Series Passport holders - £100/-
2.    For ‘L’,’K’. and ‘J’ Series passport holders - £235/-

Payment Details:

Method of Payment – Cash, Postal Order or Banker’s Draft only
(Postal Order/Banker’s Draft should be drawn in favour of Sri Lanka High Commission)
Please note that personal cheques will not be accepted.

Instructions for Complete Applications

    1. Application should be filled preferably in BLOCK letters.
    2. All certification/attestation should be done only by an official of the Sri Lanka High Commission in the UK or a Solicitor registered in the UK or by a General Practitioner (GP). A fee of £15 is charged for an attestation by the High Commission Official.
    3. Coloured identical three (03) photographs (Size – 3.5cm x 4.5cm) in white background obtained within the last 03 months showing full face with both ears and forehead visible. Photographs should be without hat, helmet, glasses or any other face covering. (Photo booth facility is available at the High Commission premises at the cost of £6 for 5 passport size photographs)
    4. The signatures are confined to the cages provided immediately below the photographs.


    • Submission of forged certificates or any other documents as well as making false declaration relating to the citizenship status is an offence. Such cases will be reported to relevant authorities.
    • Fees will not be refunded at any circumstances.
    • Incomplete applications will be returned and consular fees will not be refunded
    • If the passports and documents are to be returned by post, you should provide a self-addressed prepaid special delivery envelope to the weight of 500g along with your application form. The special delivery cover should not be stamped with a postage printout issued by the post office for same day use.  Applications sent without prepaid special delivery cover/ or postage will be retained until the applicant collects it personally. 
      Note: The High Commission will not take any responsibility for documents lost/damaged in the post. 
      If the applicant is unable to come personally to the High Commission to collect the Passport/ documents, he/she may authorise another person, in writing. The person who comes for collection of documents should produce his identity and the original receipt issued by this High Commission.
      Irish passport holders should include an additional amount of £10/ - if they require their passports to be sent back to Ireland by registered airmail. 

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