ECONOMYNEXT- Several regional offices of Sri Lanka’s Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been closed down until further notice due to a computer system breakdown, the Ministry said, a move that could delay attestations of key documents of those who aspire to leave the country for education and employment purposes.
A Ministry official however, said the online requests are still accommodated and they are being processed
The ministry said the operations in its main office in Colombo 01 and regional offices in Jaffna, Trincomalee, Matara, Kandy, Kurunegala, will be suspended until further notice.
“The system repairs are underway and the public will be notified once the Verification and Attestation process has resumed,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Other Consular services will continue without any interruption.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause to the public.”
The ministry also has informed the public that visiting service seekers may further check on the feasibility of services on their matters before coming.
The Consular Affairs Division provides consular and other services to the general public and caters to consular and other needs of Sri Lankans who intend to travel abroad for employment, studies etc. and also to foreigners as appropriate.
Thousands of Sri Lankans who have been on the process of going abroad due to higher education and employment after the economic crisis in Sri Lanka are likely ti be harshit due to the current interruptions. (Colombo/Sept17/2022)