British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka
We develop and maintain relations between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka as well as with Maldives.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Sri Lanka and Maldives. There is no British diplomatic mission in the Maldives. All assistance to the Maldives is provided by the British High Commission in Colombo.
The High Commission in Colombo provides consular assistance to British nationals in both Sri Lanka and Maldives. An Honorary Consul in the capital, Malé, liaises with the British High Commission in Colombo on emergency consular matters.
This High Commission does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.
Visit our travel advice for Sri Lanka for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
Support for British Nationals Abroad
Our guide Support for British Nationals Abroad sets out the steps that British nationals can take to stay safe abroad, and provides details on what help the Foreign & Commonwealth Office can provide if you do get into difficulty overseas.
Passports and emergency travel documents
How to renew or replace your British passport if you live outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen. If you are travelling urgently and your passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an emergency travel document (ETD).
If your passport has been lost you will need a police report and English translation before an ETD can be issued.
You must book an appointment to apply for an ETD, please click here.
Notarial and documentary services
The British High Commission do not provide any notarial services and recommend people check the lawyers list or seek advice from a local notary public.
Births, deaths and marriages
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See this link or get further information here.
Services provided by other authorities
- legalising UK documents/certificates: Legalisation Office
- provide copies of British birth, death & marriage certificates: General Register Office
- renew British driving licenses or provide certificates regarding British driving licenses: DVLA
- provide good conduct certificates: Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau)
- certificates confirming British nationality: UK Border Agency
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998 (which may be viewed at www.ico.gov.uk). Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.
Stay in touch with us through social media
Find out more about the British High Commission in Colombo through our social media channels.
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +94 11 539 0639. Out of hours calls to this number will be connected to the Global Response Centre of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
Guides we produce
We have produced the following guides for British nationals with information that may be useful in specific circumstances:
Complaints procedure with regard to visa services and consular services.
Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives