How to Apply for Emergency Certificate in Sri Lanka

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Emergency Certificate is a travel document issued only for Sri Lankan Buddhist Pilgrims … You can obtain these documents from Overseas Sri Lankan Missions


1.) Obtain application form in the following offices:

2.) Fill up and submit form along with all the required documents to the following:

  • Head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo
  • Regional Offices at Kandy, Matara and Vavuniya

3.) Pay application fee.Ads by Google

Required Documents

  • Most recent passport of the applicant (see note for more details)
  • Original Birth Certificate of the applicant.
  • Original National Identity Card of the applicant and a photocopy.


  • If you already have a valid passport which belongs to M, N or EC series (if the passport number begins with letters M, N or EC) it should be submitted along with the application.

Office Locations & Contacts

Department of Immigration and Emigration

41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka

Phone  : 94-11-5329000 Hunting Line

Fax  : 94-11-2674621

E-Mail  :

Web Site:

Controller General of Immigration and Emigration & Commissioner for Registration of Persons of Indian Origin

Mr. W. A. C. Perera

Telephone : +94 11 5329400

Ext : 9400

Fax : 2674621

Email :


  • Buddhist Pilgrims travelling to India and Nepal.


  • Normal Basis – LKR. 500.00
  • Urgent Basis Not applicable


The Emergency Certificate is valid only for two years and can be extended up to additional two year period upon request.

Processing Time

  • Normal Basis 10 working days
  • Urgent Basis not available

Need for the Document

Emergency Certificate is a travel document issued only for Sri Lankan Buddhist Pilgrims visiting India and Nepal.

Information which might help

Office hours:

  • Normal Processing Applications – from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
  • Urgent Basis Applications – from 8.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. On week days only.

The office closes on weekends and during Public Holidays.

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