We maintain and develop relations between the UK and Sri Lanka. The British High Commission in Colombo provides services to British nationals living in and visiting Sri Lanka.

You can access UK government services while in Sri Lanka.

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Colombo and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +94 11 5390639. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Sri Lanka, call 020 7008 1500.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at British High Commission in Colombo.

Notarial and documentary services

For legal reasons, we’re unable to carry out notarial acts in Commonwealth countries. This includes certifying documents as true copies of originals, administering oaths or taking affidavits. For these or other notarial acts, you should contact a local notary.

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Sri Lanka.

Our people

James Dauris

James Dauris

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

  • Tom Burn

    Deputy Head of Mission to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Contact us

British High Commission Colombo

389, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 7

Colombo
Sri Lanka

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