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	  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list on Sri Lanka
                   Last update: November 16, 1995

  [ If you have access to WWW tools such as Mosaic or Netscape,
    my suggestion to you is to read all the FAQs via the URLs 

    as it these sites contain all the usenet FAQs in HTML format. ]

This list should not be construed as an endorsement of any of the 
products or services mentioned herein.  I will take no responisibily 
for hardships caused due to incorrect or inaccurate, or even accurate 
information presented.  Those who wish to use the information are 
strongly encouraged to use common sense and consumer doubts if and 
when applicable.

I have tried not to list any illegal or illicit activities.  If the 
services or persons mentioned here are engaged in such activities, 
it is by their own discretion.  I neither endorese nor condone such 

If you think that the scope of this FAQ should be expanded by adding
more questions and/or answers, please do contribute.  Your contributions
will make this document more useful.

You may freely distribute this FAQ list as long as:

  (a) This notice is attached to the full or partial FAQ list
  (b) You do not make money (or other equivalent compensation)
      by doing so (other than nominal distribution charges -- if
      you include this FAQ in a CD-ROM, I would appreciate if you
      send me a copy of the CD-ROM)

I would like to thank everyone who helped me in the compilation process.

Compilation (c) Copyright Prasad Dharmasena 

	Administrative: <0 - 9>

	<0> What the heck is a FAQ?
	<1> How do I get the latest copy of this FAQ?
	<2> How do I make changes to the information in the FAQ?
	<3> Thank You!

	General Information on Sri Lanka: <10 - 19>

	<10> Where is Sri Lanka?  What are the general information?
	<11> How do I get tourist information on Sri Lanka?
	<12> So what's so great about Sri Lanka?
	<13> Tourist Hotel information?
	<14> What does Sri Lanka mean?
	<15> What is the Civil War in Sri Lanka?

	Passports/Visas/Immigration/etc: <20 - 29>

	<20> Where are the Embassies of Sri Lanka?
	<21> What/Where are the Embassies in Sri Lanka?
	<22> How do I get my Sri Lankan passport renewed?
	<23> What are the US Immigration announcement phone numbers?
	<24> Does Sri Lanka allow dual citizenship?

	Electronic/Computer/Network related: <30 - 39>

	<30> What are the electronic forums on Sri Lanka?
+	<31> Does Sri Lanka have e-mail?
+	<32> Are there Sri Lanka related FTP/Web/Gopher sites?
	<33> Are there any Sinhala fonts?
	<34> Are there any Tamil fonts?
	<35> Are there Sinhala/Tamil word/text processors?

	News: <40 - 49>

	<40> What are the Sri Lankan publications in my country?
+	<41> Can we get Sri Lankan newspapers outside of SL?
	<42> Are there any Sri Lankan radio programs outside of SL?
	<43> What are the SLBC shortwave frequencies?
+	<44> What are the BBC frequencies for North America?
	<45> What are the All India Radio frequencies?

	Services and general information <50 - 69>

	<50> Are there any Sri Lanka related organizations?
	<51> Who's the best airline ticket agent?
+	<52> From where do I get Sri Lankan Cookbooks and spices?
	<53> Are there any Sri Lankan restaurants outside of Sri Lanka?
	<54> How do I get my wedding tape converted from PAL to NTSC?
	<55> How do I send flowers to SL?
	<56> How do I send money to and from SL?
	<57> How do I send misc big items to and from SL?
	<58> What about parcels to SL?


	<70> Are there any quality books on Sri Lanka?
	<71> Where's the info about SL stock market?
	<72> Is there a "Study Abroad" program for Sri Lanka?


Subject: <0> What the heck is a FAQ?

FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions.  This FAQ list tries to answer
some of the commonly questions about matters pertaining to Sri Lanka. 

You can find a multitude of FAQs on various subjects from the two
ftp and http sites listed in the answer to the next question.

Some newsreaders will allow you to go to the next subject with a ^G. 
Else, do a search on the string "" to go to the question numbered xy. 

Subject: <1> How do I get the latest copy of this FAQ?

I will try to post an updated copy of this on soc.culture.sri-lanka
newsgroup on or around every 13th of the month.

You may FTP a copy of this FAQ from the usual FAQ archive.

An up-to-date copy of this FAQ file can also be obtained by sending an 
e-mail to  with the subject line containing the 
words "send sri-lanka-faq" (no quotes). (If you are in Thailand, you may
send the same e-mail request to ) I will try
(try being the keyword here) to update the list once a month.  So, if 
your copy of the FAQ has a date which is within the last 30 days, 
chances are that you *are* reading the latest version.

This FAQ is also available on World Wide Web at the following URLs

This and other FAQs are also available on certain commercial CD-ROMs
that advertise as having the Internet FAQs. (ie: "Destination
Internet" [Phone: (800)835-5514] for the Mac)

Subject: <2> How do I make changes to the information in the FAQ?

If you find any errors, omissions, or otherwise incorrect information,
please point them out to me.  Your feedback is very important and will
be greatly appreciated.

Subject: <3> Thank You!

A lot of people have sent me information.  I tried to keep a note
on everyone who helped, but I may have forgotten some.  Please excuse
my aging mind.... "Dave, my mind is going.... I can feel it"

Here are the folks who have sent information for this FAQ.  My sincere
thanks to each and every one of you.  Without your help, this FAQ would
not have been possible.

Thushara Amaranayaka	
Cate Carroll            
Tom David		
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Ian "Jack" Dempsey      
Gamini Dharmasena       
Erik Futtrup            
Nimal Gamage            
Kumudu Jayatilaka       
Klaus Kettner           
Tawnya Kumarakulasingam 
Lal Kuruppu             
Ajith P Madurapperuma   
Shahani Markus          
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Castus Peiris           
Vicumpriya Perara       
Gihan Seneviratne       
Shantha Ranatunga       
Kavan Ratnatunga        
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Subject: <10> Where is Sri Lanka?  What are the general information?

 More information can be found on CIA world fact book  (includes a map)

Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean southeast of the Indian
sub-continent.  Sri Lanka belongs to the South Asia sub category.

  Location:  Latitude    5'55" -  9'51"
             Longitude  79'42" - 81'52"

             29 Km southeast of India

  Length:    432Km (270 miles)
  Width:     224Km (140 miles)
  Area:      65,610 Sq.Km. (25,332 sq.miles)
  Landarea:  65,610 Sq.Km.

  Full Name: Democratic Socialist Repubic of Sri Lanka.
  Short:     Sri Lanka
  Former:    Ceylon, Taprobane, Serendib (see below)
  Suggest:   Sri Lankan Union of Territories           :-)

  Capital:                Sri Jayawardenapura
  Commercial Center:      Colombo
  International Airport:  Colombo (Katunayake)
  Intl Seaport:           Colombo

  Literacy Rate:          87%+
  Total Population:       18 million
  Labor force:            6.6 million
  Population growth rate: 1.2%
  Life expectancy:        68 (male), 73 (Female)
  Infant Mortality:       22.8 deaths / 1000 live births

  Climate:                Tropical 
    Monsoon Seasons:      northeast monsoon (December to March)
                          southwest monsoon (June to October)

    Average temps   Max C(F)      Min C(F)       Elevation m(ft)
    Colombo         30.4(87.7)    24.0(75.2)     0(0)
    Kandy           28.7(83.7)    20.2(68.4)     305(1000)
    Nuwara Eliya    20.2(68.4)    11.4(52.5)     1890(6200)

  Languages:  Sinhala (74%),   Tamil (25%?), English (20%)
  Ethnic div: Sinhalese (74%), Tamil (18%),  Moor 7%,  Burgher, Malay, ...
  Religions:  Buddhists (69%), Hindu (15%),  Christian (8%), Muslim (8%)

  Currency :     Sri Lanakan Rupee (US$1 ~= Rs. 50), Rs.1 = 100 cents
    Banknotes:   2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 Rupees
    Coins    :   1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 Cents
                 1, 2, 5, 10 Rupees

    Executive:   Elected President (Mrs. Chandrika B. Kumaratunga) 
                 Prime Minister (Mrs. Sirima Bandaranayake, CBK's mother)
                 Cabinet - appointed by Prez from the Parliament
    Legislative: Elected Parliament
    Judicial:    Supreme Court

  GDP (1992):    $7.75 billion (est)
  per capita:    $440 (est)
  inflation:     10%
  unemployment:  15%

Telephone Country code for Sri Lanka: 94 (From US, Europe, Australia?)
Time Difference: GMT +0530 hrs

Subject: <11> How do I get tourist information on Sri Lanka?

Book: Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit, Sri Lanka
Language: English
5th Edition, 1993
ISBN: 0-86442-169-9

Book: Insight Guides - Sri Lanka
Language: English
APA Publications

Book: Sri Lanka Reise Know-How 
Language: German
Author: Rainer Krack
1st Edition, 11/93
ISBN: 3-89416-170-1

** Sri Lanka
Ceylon Tourist Board                     Travel Information Center
78 Steuart Place                         c/o Ceylon Tourist Board
Colombo 3                                72 Victoria Drive
Sri Lanka                                Kandy, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94(1)437059, 437060                Tel: +94(8)22661
           437952, 437954/5

Dept of Wildlife Conservation            Cultural Triangle Office
82 Rajamalwatte Road                     212/1 Bauddhaloka Mawatha
Battaramulla, Sri Lanka                  Colombo 7, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94(1)867086                        Tel: +94(1)587912, 500733

[Note: 94 is the country code for Sri Lanka]

** Australia                        
Ceylon Tourist Board W.Au office          F. P Leonard Advertising Pte Ltd.
439 Albany Highway                        241 Abercrombie Street
Victoria Park                             Chippendale
West Australia 6100                       NSW Australia 2008
Tel:(09)362-4579                          Tel: (02)698-5266

** Germany                                ** Denmark
Sri Lanka Tourist Board - Eu. Office      Ceylon Touristrad
Allerheiligentor 2-4                      Sollerodgardavej 38
60311 Frankfurt Main                      D K 2840 Holte
Kaiserstrasse 13                          
Tel: +49-69-287734, 288371

** Japan                                  ** Thailand
Tourist Board Representative              Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Tourist Board
AMO                                       1/18 Soi 10
2/1 Atago 1-chome                         Sukhumvit Road
Minato-ku, Tokyo                          Bangkok, Thailand
Tel:433-6377, 433-6378

** USA                                    ** UK
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Tourist Board          Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Tourist Board
609 Fifth Avenue, Suite 308               52 High Holborn
New York, NY 10017, USA                   London WC1V 6RI
Tel:(212)935-0369                         Tel: 01-405-1194

Contact the nearest Sri Lankan embassy/high commission/consulate/
and/or Air Lanka office. (Addrs/phone are elsewhere in this FAQ)

Subject: <12> So what's so great about Sri Lanka?

Famous sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke, who resides in the island, once
wrote "It may well be that each of Sri Lanka's attractions is surpassed
somewhere on Earth; Cambodia may have more impressive ruins, Tahiti
lovelier beaches, Bali more beautiful landscapes (though I doubt it),
Thailand more charming people (ditto).  But I find it hard to believe
that there is any country which scores so highly in all departments -
which has so many advantages and so few disadvantages, especially for
the western visitor."

For a country of that size (about the size of West Virginia or
Ireland) things one can do are amazing: surfing, wind surfing, scuba 
diving, rock/mountain climbing, searching for ancient ruins, wildlife, 
corral reefs, gemstones, spices, rituals, ...

read: trip reports archived on

National Parks in Sri Lanka: 10 % of Sri Lanka's land is protected
as national parks. The most important parks are:

 * Bundala Bird Sanctuary (between Hambantota and Kataragama)
 * Gal Oya National Park (north of Yala)
 * Horton Plains Nature Reserve (in the southwestern mountains)
 * Lahugala National Park (west of Pottuvil)
 * Uda Walawe National Park (near Hambantota)
 * Udawattakele Wildlife Sanctuary (northeast of Kandy)
 * Peak Wilderness Man and Biosphere Reserve (at Adams Peak)
 * Singharaja Rain Forest Reserve (between Ratnapura and Matara)
 * Wilpattu National Park (northeast area of Sri Lanka)
 * Wirawila Bird Sanctuary (near Tissamaharama)
 * Yala National Park (near Tissamaharama)
 * Kumana Bird Sanctuary (part of Yala)

Colombo:  All the modern inconveniences such as fax machines, cellular
phones.  Arguably, the largest city in the country and home to the
richest and the poorest.  Most people speak a strange dialect of
English.  Not being from the area, my advise is this: "Leave
Immediately."  ;-) 

Kandy: Still has good spots.  But try and go see the country side.
Colombo-Kandy trip via the train is highly recommended. So is
Peradeniya Botanical gardens.  Peradeniya  campus, one of the best
looking campuses in the world, is nearby.  Try not to get ragged.  See

Kandy Parade: "Perahera" starts on Full Moon day of July and lasts for 11
days.  Elephants , traditonal dancers, drummers, "Gini Keli" (fireworks-
no, not the July 4th stuff), etc.

Mt. Piduruthalagala: Because it's there.  Highest mountain top. 8100+ft. 
May need hiking pass from Colombo Tourist Info.  (High Secutiry area
because radio/TV antennas at the top)

World's End: Near Horton Plains.  "Yo dude, sky diving off of this
cliff's gonna be super cool, man."  "A most excellent idea, dude."

Yala/Kumana: National Park/Bird Sanctuary.  Can stay overnight.  No Camping.
Guided tours on vehicles.  Chances of seeing wild elephants, leopards
are good.  (reservations: wildlife dept.)

Wilpatthu: Larger than Yala and has more leopards.  However, maybe a
security risk due to the fightings between LTTE and govt forces.

Katharagama: Religious place Buddhist/Hindu.  Crack a coconut on god's stone.
See fire walks, needles through the cheeks (face!).

Anuradhaputa, Polonnaruwa, etc: Religious/Cultural/Historical. See the ruins.
Excavate your own.  Ancient artwork in temples.  

Beaches: The beach is always less than 70 miles away.  No crowds, even on 
long weekends.  Plenty of free parking.

Adam's Peak: Religious/Adventurous.  Said to have a 6 feet long foot
print of Adam/Buddha/Allah/David Koresh.  At sun rise, you can see the
sun jumping up and down taking a bow or is it a bath?  Top is 7500+ feet. ??

Zoo: Dehiwala (suburb of Colombo) Zoo is one of the best in the world.

Pinnawala: Elephant orphanage.  How to catch a wild elephant in ....

Dambulla: `gala uding "coming water" thamba ha^liyata ta~ng ta~ng.'  
Ancient artwork on the walls of seven caves.  Buddhist temple.

Sigiriya: See the ancient erotica.  Gaffiti?  We invented it.
("King Kashyapa slept here"  "with ....?")

Subject: <13> Tourist Hotel information?

Here are some five star hotel addresses and phone numbers.  There are
many low cost accomodations available.  Please consult travel guides.

Colombo: (Telephone area code is 1 (01 if dialed within SL) 

Holiday Inn - 30 Sir Mohamed M. Marker Mawatha, Colombo 3
    Tel: 422001, Fax: 447977

Hotel Ceylon Intercontinental - 48 Janadhipathi mawatha, Colombo 1
    Tel: 421221, Fax: 447326

Oberoi- 77 Steuart place, Colomb 3

Ramada - 115 Sir Chitampalam Gardiner mawatha, Colombo 2

Taj Samudra - 25 Galle face Center Rd. Colombo 3
    Tel: 446622, Fax: 546348

Galle Face Hotel - 2 Kollupitiya Rd. Colomb 3

Taprobane - York st. Colombo 1

Colombo Marriott - 64 Echelon sq. Colombo 1

Colombo Renaissance  - 115 Sir Chittampalam A., Gardiner Mw. Col.2
    Tel. 544200, Fax. 449184

Hotel Galadari - 64 Lotus Road, Col.1
    Tel. 544544, Fax. 449875

Colombo Hilton       - Lotus Road, Echolon Square, Col.1
    Tel. 544644, Fax. 544657

Kandy: (area code is 8, or 08 if dialed in SL)

Queens Hotel - Dalada veediya, kandy (08) 22121
Casamara - 12 kotugodella veediya, kandy (08) 24051

See <32> for more info about this FTP site. 

<14> What does Sri Lanka mean?

Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon, Serendib, Taprobane, etc....

[ Following section was compiled by Lareef Zubair ]

Etymologies of Lanka, Serendib, Taprobane and Ceylon.

There is only one credible  theory for the origin of the name `Ceylon'.
One starts with the Pali for the `Place of Jewels', which is Sihalam 
goes thro Senendiva (diva for island) and Silandiva, becomes Serendib
in Arabic (which incidentally does not mean anything in colloquial
New England Arabic) and is contracted to Cilao by the Portuguese and to
Zeilan or Ceilan by the Dutch and to Ceylon by the British.
Admittedly, the reasoning and linkages are thin.  

 Horace Walpole wrote the fairy tale named the `three princes of 
serendib' in which the heroes have the faculty of making happy and 
unexpected discoveries by accident. Then a cabal of slnetters used 
serendipity for the name of their journal but their reports on the 
serendipitious discovery of the Vallipuram Buddha statue has
been anything but happy. 

Then there is the Taprobane used by Milton in Paradise Lost, borrowed 
from the accounts of Alexander the Great's officers who heard reports of 
the  island when in West Asia and from Greek and Ceylonese travellers.
Taprobane is supposed to have originated from the `copper colored' 
(Tamba Vanna in Sanskrit) soil of the place at which  Vijaya's 
retinue landed. They called their capital Tambapanni.    

The name (Sri) Lanka was first recorded  in the Ramayana and means 
`resplendent land' in sanskrit.  There are other names, including the 
Tamil Ilanare etc, the Arabic `Tenerisim' (the isle of delight), the 
Chinese `Pa-outchow' (the isle of gems), and the `salike' of Ptolemy.
Some theologians (Christian and Muslim) thought that Noahs ark came to
rest on Serendib.  Also when  Adam and Eve were thrown out off the 
garden of Eden for fornication, it was thought appropriate to banish 
them to this island. 

Then there is the Sinbad character in the Arabian nights supposed to be
based on early Arab travellers and there is a description in the Sixth 
Voyage of Sinbad (`the diamonds are in its rivers and the pearls are in 
its valleys and Adams peak contains rubies and spice trees' - This must 
explain the hordes who go there).  In 1250 AD, Marco Polo found both men 
and women of Zeilan nude except for a cloth around the middle part of 
their bodies and wrote  that they ate wine from trees - (must be ra, no?).

1) Zeylanicus, `Ceylon, between Orient and Occident'
2) J.R. Sinnatamby, `Ceylon in Ptolemy's Geography', Colombo 1968
3) H.A.J. Hulugalle, `Ceylon of the Early Travellers', Colombo 1965
4) A.J. Tresidder, `Ceylon; an introduction to the resplendent land'
		Van Nostrand, 1960

Subject: <15> What is the Civil War in Sri Lanka?

There is a long standing ethnic crisis in the country among
Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.  A Tamil militant group, Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is fighting with the government forces
in the north and east parts of the island.

It is beyond the scope of this FAQ to give details about the ethnic
crisis or how ethnic tensions have escallated into a civil war.  It is
suggested that information be obtained from multiple sources.

[Please suggest good reading material]

** Human rights and Civil War related issues around the world are archived
   as an independent effort by Martin Hogan

** Tamil Eelam Home page -- a view from the TE proponents.  Maintained
   by Rudrakodeswaran N. Janahan

** This list of publications suggested by Lal Kuruppu in Australia.

De Silva, K.M.  Managing ethnic tensions in multi-ethnic societies: Sri
Lanka 1880-1985. Lanham, MD:University Press of America, 1986.   

De Silva, K.M. Problems of governance. Delhi: Konark Publishers, 1993

De Silva, K.M. Traditional homelands of the tamils: separatist ideology in
Sri lanka, a historical appraisal. Revised 2nd edition. Kandy:
International Centrte for Ethnic Studies, 1994

Tambiah, Stanley J. Buddhism betrayed: religion, politics and violence in
Sri lanka. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992

Tambiah, Stanley J. Sri Lanka: ethnic fratricide and the dismantling of
democracy. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1986

Spencer, jonathan (ed) Sri lanka: history and roots of conflict.
London:Routledge, 1990

Wilson, A.J. Break-up of Sri lanka: the Sinaha Tamil conflict. Lnodon:
Hurst, 1988

Abeysekera, Charles and Gunasinghe, Newton (ed) Facets of ethnicity in Sri
Lanka. Colombo: Sovial Scientists Association, 1987

McGowan, William. Only man is vile: the tragedy of Sri lanka.
London:Picador, 1994

For news, analysis and comments on the current developments I suggest
Lanka Guardian, Tamil Times, Far Eastern Economic Review, and India Today

Subject: <20> Where are the Embassies of Sri Lanka?

If you are visiting Sri Lanka, you may want to find out about the visa
requirements from the closest embassy.  If you are going to spend an
extended period in the island, you will need a visa.  [Penalties for
carrying of illegal narcotics into the country are severe]

** Australia
High Commission of Sri Lanka        Consulate of Sri Lanka
35 Empire Circuit                   191  Clarence St., 7th Fl.
Forrest, Canberra ACT 2603          Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: (06)239-7041/2                 Tel: (2)262-5944
Fax: (6)239-6166                    Fax: (2)290-2335

** Canada                           ** Germany
Walter E. Fernando                  Embassy of Sri Lanka
High Commission of Sri Lanka        Rolandstrasse 52
333 Laurier Ave. West, #1204        53179 Bonn 
Ottawa, Ontario                     Tel: (0228)332055
Tel: (613)223-8440/9
Fax: (613)238-8448

** India
High Commission        Consulate                   Consulate
27 Kautilya Marg       9D Nawab Habibullah Ave     Sri Lanka House
Chanakyapuri           Anderson Road               34 Homi Mody Street
New Delhi 110021       Madras 600006               Bombay 400023
Tel: 3010201           Tel: 470831                 Tel: 2045861

** Singapore                        ** Thailand
Sri Lanka High Commission           Embassy of Sri Lanka
51 Goldhill Plaza                   89 Sukumvit Soi 15
1307-1312 Newton Road               Bangkok 10110
Singapore 1130                      Thailand
Tel: 2544595                        Tel: +66(2)251-2788,9

** UK
Sri Lanka High Commission
13 Hyde Park Gardens
London W2 2LU
Tel: 071-262 1841

** USA
Embassy of Sri Lanka                Sri Lanka Mission to the UN
2148 Wyoming Avenue, NW             630 Third Avenue, 20th Floor
Washington, DC 20008                New York, NY 10017

(202)483-4025                       (212)986-7040
(202)483-4028                       (212)986-1838 (Fax)
(202)232-7181 (Fax)
Passport Office: Ext. 120

** Sri Lanka
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic Building
Colombo 1
Sri Lanka
Tel: (1)325371
Fax: (1)446091

Subject: <21> What/Where are the Embassies in Sri Lanka?

Australian High Commission             Canadian High Commission
3 Cambridge Place                      6 Gregory's Road
Colombo 7                              Colombo 7
Tel: (1)698767 thru 69                 Tel: (1)694851 thru 53
Fax: (1)686453, 698332                 Fax: (1)687049

French Embassy                         German Embassy
89 Rosmead Place                       40 Alfred House Avenue
Colombo 7                              Colombo 3
Tel: (1)698815, 699750,1               Tel: (1)580431 thru 34
                                       Fax: (1)580440

Indian High Commission                Japanese Embassy
36-38 Galle Road                      20 Gregory's Road
Colombo 3                             Colombo 7
Tel: 421605, 422788,9                 Tel:(1)693831 thru 33, 698628
Fax: 446403                                   692154, 693015
                                      Fax: 698629

Norwegian Embassy                      Netherland, Embassy of
34 Ward Place                          25 Torrington Avenue
Colombo 7                              Colombo 7
Tel: (1)698936, 692263,                Tel: (1)589626 thru 28
        699457, 687534                 Fax: (1)502855
Fax: (1)695009

Switzerland Embassy                    Swedish Embassy
68 Gregory's Road                      315 Vauxhall Street
Colombo 7                              Colombo 2
Tel: (1)695117, 695127                 Tel: (1)328822, 329261
        695148, 695176

UK High Commission
190 Galle Road
Colombo 3
Tel: (1)437336 thru 43
Fax: (1)437344

Amb: Mrs. Teresita C. Schaffer   Sri Lanka Desk         US Info. Service
Embassy of the United States     Department of State    44 Galle Road
210 Galle Road                   21st and C streets     Colombo 3
Colombo 3                        Washignton, DC 20551   Tel (1)421271
Sri Lanka                        USA                    Fax (1)449070
Tel:(01)448007, 421271           Tel: (202)647-1450

Subject: <22> How do I get my Sri Lankan passport renewed?

There are two types of renewals.  

  (1) If your passport is less than 10 years old, you can simply renew 
      the existing one.
  (2) If the passport is more than 10 years old (ie. it has been renewed
      once before) OR it has run out of pages (stop traveling so much) 
      then you have to obtain a new passport.

Naturally, there are two types of forms that you have to fill out.  (I 
guess one form with two boxes to tick off makes too much sense.) So
when you call the embassy, (phone numbers are under <20>) be specific.
You may also need to give them the National ID number and the current 
passport number before they can send you the form.  Why?  Why ask why?

There is a $130 surcharge for getting a new passport through the SL embassy
in Washington DC as they have to send the paperwork to Sri Lanka.  As far
as I know, the five-year renewal doesn't cost this outrageous $130.  If
you get your passport renewed in Sri Lanka, there is no $130 surchage.
Your mileage may vary for SL embassies in other countries.

For emergencies, the embassy can issue an one-time temporary passport
which is good only to enter Sri Lanka.  You will have to obtain a regular
passport while in SL.  Moreover, you may have problems of getting visas
(ie: transit visa -- to have the privilage of sitting on a lousy chair at
Charles de Gaulle airport.) with this temporary passport.

To get a new passport for a lost/stolen passport, you are required to
send a police report, national ID and/or original birth certificate 
and/or citizenship certificate, documents to prove the legality of your
stay in the country (valid visa)... etc.

For more info, call the embassy. See <20>

It is possible to renew your passport directly from SL while you are
out of SL.  Cost Rs. 1000.00 (takes one week) or Rs. 2000.00 (same
day service).
	1. a letter stating why you need it so fast.
	2. Affidavit stating that the bearer will handle all the passport
	   related matters on your behalf. (state his national ID number)
	3. If you need to express mail (courier), need permission from
           Emmigration and Immigration dept.
	4. Will need National ID, birth certificate, etc, as per
	   application requirements.  
	5. May need certified proof of your identity. (AttornyAtLaw, JP)

[ Okay, can someone send his/her old passport to Sri Lanka and get a
  new one?  Can you send it to the passport office?  Is it cheaper to
  send it to a relative and ask him/her to take it and get it renewed?
  Or does the passport owner absolutely *has* to be in Sri Lanka before
  they can renew the passport? ]

I hear that all the Kachcheri's can do passport work now.  Please confirm.

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