The British High Commission in Sri Lanka maintains and develops relations between the UK and Sri Lanka.

Find out more on our UK and Sri Lanka news page. We provide services to British nationals living in and visiting Sri Lanka and Maldives. You can access UK government services while in Sri Lanka.

Urgent assistance

If you’re travelling in Sri Lanka, see our Sri Lanka travel advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you’re in Sri Lanka or Maldives and you need advice which is not covered in our travel advice then you can contact us online.

If you’re in Sri Lanka or Maldives and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +94 11 5390639.

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.

Apply online for an emergency travel document

If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.

If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, check if you can get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are not a British citizen or have not had a British passport before

If you’re not sure, check if you’re a British citizen

If you’re not a British citizen but think you may be eligible, contact us to apply for an emergency travel document.

Other consular services

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

Sarah Hulton OBE

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Contact us

British High Commission Colombo

389, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 7
Sri Lanka

General telephone
+94 11 5390639

+94 11 5390692

Use our contact form for consular enquiries:
For enquiries that are not about consular issues, email

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