SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Extension of visas of Sri Lankans who are facing difficulties to leave Germany due to the current restrictions in international travel
The Federal Foreign Office of Germany has informed that the Immigration Authorities of the federal states will follow the simplified procedures in extending visas (Residence permit (D visa) and Schengen visa (C visa)) of the foreign nationals who could not leave Germany due to the current restrictions in international travel and the associated difficulties before the expiry of the validity of the visa or residence permit.
Media Release - Over 17,000 Overseas Sri Lankans register on ‘Contact Sri Lanka’
Over 17,457 Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) had by Saturday noon(28 March) registered on the ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Online Portal of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. Of these, 6773 are from the Middle East region, 1892 from Europe, 1302 from South Asia, 1028 from North America and over 6000 from other parts of the world. This portal jointly created by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the benefit of Overseas Sri Lankans, was launched on Thursday (26 March 2020). It is hosted on the Ministry web page www.mfa.gov.lk and can also be accessed at www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk. A dedicated team of officials have been assigned by the Ministry of Foreign Relations to respond to queries.
Find the full Media Release under https://www.srilanka-botschaft.de/current-news/over-17-000-overseas-sri-lankans-register-on-contact-sri-lanka
Special Request by the Government to Sri Lankan Expats
The Government urges Sri Lankan expatriates who wish to return to their motherland to safely remain where they are now until the risk of the COVID-19 virus will be minimized. The Government has taken several effective initiatives to prevent the spread of the pathogen. In order to stop the virus from coming into the country and its spread, the Government had completely banned overseas arrivals. Other countries in the world too have taken similar steps and suspended travelling within the country as well as foreign tours.
Statement by Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry on death of Sri Lankan National in Switzerland
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin has informed the Ministry that the Swiss authorities have confirmed that the Sri Lankan aged 59 years who died in Switzerland on 25 March had been tested positive for COVID-19 . The deceased was from Punkuduthivu in Northern Province and held residence permit in Switzerland.
Ministry of Foreign Relations, Colombo, 27 March 2020
Find the full statement under this LINK.
Welcome to “Contact Sri Lanka” Online Portal for Overseas Sri Lankans
The Ministry of Foreign Relations welcomes all Overseas Sri Lankans who reside or travel overseas for studies, employment or other reasons to register voluntarily on “Contact Sri Lanka”. Registering online in the web portal will allow the Ministry to reach out and provide assistance during emergencies such as the COVID19 outbreak. This Portal will connect Overseas Sri Lankans with stakeholders in Sri Lanka and the network of Sri Lanka Missions abroad. In the long term, the Portal is expected to serve as an official source of information and will facilitate Overseas Sri Lankans to obtain services offered by the Government.
Find our more on https://www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk/
Extension of Sri Lanka Visa
Due to the spread of the Covid-19-virus in the country, it has been decided to extend the validity period of all types of visa issued to all foreigners, who are currently residing in Sri Lanka.
Read the full notice.
Message (No. 03) issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
According to instructions received from Sri Lanka Health Authorities, all international airports in Sri Lanka will be closed for operation of inward international commercial passenger flights (i.e. arrivals) with effect from 0400 hrs. on 19th March 2020 (local time in Sri Lanka) until further notice.
Read the full notice.
Restrictions in the provision of Consular Services
In view of the present circumstances of the continuous spread of Coronavirus in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka am Main in Frankfurt, after taking into consideration the present situation, and in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka, have decided to limit the consular services provided to Sri Lankans, commencing from 16.03.2020 until further notice.
Read the full notice.
Hotlines for emergency contacts on Covid-19 in Germany
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin has established hotlines for emergency contacts for Sri Lankans living in Germany to seek assistance with regard to Covid-19. Please find the information in Sinhala and Tamil.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
Tel. (030) 80909749
Fax (030) 80909757
Connections: S1 Mexikoplatz; Buses 118, 629 Niklasstraße