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Consular services at some Lankan missions downsized

In view of the present circumstances of the rapid spread of COVID-19 globally, and in order to limit the spread of the virus among Sri Lankans who visit the Sri Lankan missions overseas, the Foreign Relations Ministry has decided to limit the provision of consular services in certain Sri Lanka missions overseas and their accredited stations, from today (16) until further notice.

These countries include Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and Austria, a media release from the Foreign Relations Ministry said yesterday.

This decision has been taken in view of the strict restrictive procedures of travel bans and lockdown measures taken by the respective authorities of the countries concerned and also the recent travel ban imposed by the Sri Lankan Government on all travel originating from these countries. Accordingly, from March 16 onwards and until further notice, these missions have arranged to restrict services related only to the issuance of temporary/emergency travel documents, issuance and certification of documents relevant to deaths of Sri Lankans and any other emergency consular service, which is deemed necessary, on a case-by-case basis. This will be done based on prior appointments obtained from the missions.

In order to secure early appointments and to obtain the restricted consular services and related information, emergency contact numbers have been provided by the Sri Lanka Missions to visitors.

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