How to Apply for Ordinary Passport in Sri Lanka

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Ordinary Passports. Duly filled application (download) Most recent Sri Lankan passport. Original Sri Lankan Birth Certificate (Translated copies are not accepted) Three Photographs (standard photo format) Sri Lankan National Identity Card (If original document available)


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
  • Overseas Sri Lankan Missions

3.) Pay application fee.

Required Documents

  • Current passport
  • Original Birth Certificate of the applicant.
  • Original National Identity Card of the applicant and a photocopy
  • Marriage certificate, if applicable (to confirm the name after marriage)
  • A letter, professional certificate or license confirming your profession


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

Office Locations & Contacts

Department of Immigration and Emigration
“Suhurupaya”, Sri Subhuthipura Road, Battaramulla
Hotline : 1962
Phone : 94-11-5329000 Hunting Line
Fax : 94-11-2674621
E-Mail : controller[at]

Controller General of Immigration and Emigration & Commissioner for Registration of Persons of Indian Origin
Mr. M. N. Ranasinghe
Telephone : +94 11 5329400
Ext : 9400
Fax : 2674621
Email : controller[at]

Additional Controller General
Mr P. V. Gunathilaka
Telephone : +94 11 5329450
Ext : 9450

Regional Offices

Sri Lankan Embassies


You can obtain a Sri Lankan Passport if you are A Sri Lankan Citizen by descent or by registration.


  • Normal Basis – LKR. 2500.00
  • Urgent Basis – LKR.7500.00


Currently issued N series passports are valid for 10 years unless otherwise specified. Validity period of passports for minors below 16 years of age are 3 years. Emergency Certificates are valid two (02) years but can be extended for further two years.

Processing Time

  • Normal Basis 10 working days
  • Urgent Basis Same day


You can submit all passport applications to the Passport Division (Level 01) of the Department of Immigration & Emigration located at No. 41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10.

If you need your passport for urgent traveling you can apply for one-day service. This service is only available at Immigration & Emigration Department Head office.

Need for the Document

A passport is a document, issued by the national government. It certifies the identity and nationality of the holder for travel abroad. It contains information about the holder; like name, gender, date and place of birth.

This document does not in itself entitle the passport holder entry into another country, nor consular protection while abroad nor any other privileges. However, it does normally allows the passport holder to return to the country where the passport was issued.

Rights to consular protection arises from international treaties, while the holder’s return to the issuing country depends on the laws prevailing in that country.

Sri Lanka issues Ordinary Passports which are valid in all countries.

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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