Sri Lanka foreign ministry suspends consular services in Colombo

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said it had suspended all services provided by the consular affairs division until March 20, 2020 Friday as part of Coronavirus counter measures.

The consular division in Colombo is closed for visitors and would only accept queries related to the death of Sri Lankans abroad by prior appointment.

Foreign missions in several European nations have also suspended services except for emergencies

The full statement is reproduced below:

Temporary Suspension of Consular Services at Foreign Ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Relations has decided to suspend all services offered by the Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry until 20 March 2020 (Friday), to support the Government’s efforts at restricting the congregation of the general public, thereby making the public and the staff vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.

Accordingly, the Consular Affairs Division situated at the Ceylinco Building in Colombo will remain closed for visitors for normal business in the upcoming four days from 17 to 20 March, and will only accept queries related to death cases of Sri Lankans overseas and death-related documentation assistance, strictly on prior appointment basis.

Appointments may be obtained at the following emergency lines:

Tel: +94 (011) 233 5942
Tel: +94 (011) 233 8847

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
16 March 2020

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(Colombo/Mar16/2020)

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