General Information on Passports (2024)

General Information on Passports

New Passport application approval process

With effect from 10th August 2015, applicants applying for passports are required to provide digital photograph and fingerprints to the Department. The digital photograph should be submitted through one of our Authorized photo studio located island-wide or at the Department Head Office or at Regional Offices. Printed photographs will no longer be accepted. Fingerprints will be collected at the Department Head Office or Regional Offices and applicant should be present in person.

Important information:

  1. All passport applicants irrespective of age should use passport Applicationdownload hereForm K 35 A(Instructions)
  2. All passport applicants including children should provide digital photograph through Authorized photo studio
  3. Fingerprints will be collected from all applicants between16 - 60 years at the Head Office and three Regional Offices in Sri Lanka
  4. Applicants submitting passport applications through Sri Lanka Diplomatic Missions overseas could do so without providing fingerprints and digital photograph.
  5. Inclusion of children in parents passport will NO longer be allowed and children will be issued separate passports

How to submit a digital photograph to the department

  1. Visit a Authorized photo studio of your choice to obtain a digital photograph.Only the photos which were taken within 6 months will be valid.
  2. Studio will send your photograph online to our computer system and will issue a Studio Acknowledgement Note to you. No printed photographs are required for passport application.
  3. Studio acknowledgement note must be presented with your application and other supporting documents to the Department.

More information : Hotline 1962 or telephone numbers +94 112 101 500

Am I eligible for a Sri Lankan Passport ?

You can obtain a Sri Lankan Passport if you are – A Sri Lankan Citizen by descent or by registration.

Getting passport urgently

If you need your passport for urgent traveling you can apply for one-day service. This service is only available at Immigration & Emigration Department Head Office. see Issue of passport

Validity Period of a Passport

Currently issuing N series passports are valid 10 years unless otherwise specified. Validity period of passports for minors below 16 years of age is 03 years or 10 years as per the request of parents. Emergency Certificates are valid two (02) years but can be extended for further two years.

What are the Working Hours ?

We accept

  • Normal Processing Applications - from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.
  • Urgent Basis Applications - from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.
  • Counter of Online Issues - from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.
    The office closes on weekends and Public Holidays.

How do I apply for a passport ?

You can submit all passport applications to the Passport Division (Level 01 - Normal Service/ Level 02 - Urgent Service) of the Department of Immigration & Emigration located at "Suhurupaya", Battaramulla. click here to see Location map

What are the types of passports ?

  1. A Passport valid for all countries
    • Ordinary Passport
    • Diplomatic passport
    • Official passport
  2. Emergency Certificates for Buddhist Pilgrims travel India and Nepal
  3. ICOM & NMRP for urgent one way travel document issued by Sri Lankan Overseas Missions

Acquiring Biometric Data into the Passport System

The Government of Sri Lanka has decided to obtain fingerprints as biometric data of applicants when issuing Passports with effect from 10th August 2015. Arrangements have also been made to obtain photographs of the applicants, conforming to standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. By this arrangement, Sri Lankan Passport will become a travel document with international recognition.

Important information of new passports issuance procedure.

Submitting Application

  1. The “K 35 A” application should be used that has been amended to confirm to the above requirements. (Instructions)
  2. Those application forms could be obtained from the Office of The Department, Regional Offices at Matara, Kandy,Vavuniya and Kurunegala. District Secretariats Offices, Divisional Secretariats Offices or from the website
  3. As the fingerprints have to be captured, all applicants have to come in person to the Head Office of the Department or Regional Offices to submit their applications.

Photograph conforming to international standards

  1. The Department will not accept printed photographs. All applicants should obtain their photographs only from studios authorized by the Department located island-wide or from studios established at the Head Office and Regional Offices of the Department.
  2. The relevant studios will not give a printed photograph and your photograph will be forwarded to the data system of the Department through online technology.
  3. The studio will issue you a acknowledgement note which should be submitted along with your application.
  4. The list of authorized studios will be published in the newspapers and on our website and will also be exhibited at District Secretariat Offices and Divisional Secretariat Offices.


  1. According to the provisions of the Immigration and Emigration Act No. 20 of 1948 amended by Act No. 7 of 2015 every applicant above 16 years of age and below 60 years of age must provide his or her fingerprints. Fingerprints will be obtained only at the Head Office and Regional Offices.


Children below 16 years of age will hereafter not be included in the Passports of their parents and separate passports must be obtained for them.

More information: Hotline 1962 or telephone numbers +94 112 101 500

Special Note

New regulation imposed by the Finland Government for Sri Lankan Visa Applicants

Applicants who wish to apply visa for Finland shall take the following facts in to consideration, too.

  • The Embassy of Finland is no longer allowed to approve Sri Lankan Passports where there are alterations of the name on the second page as per the new procedure introduced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland.
  • The Mission is not authorized to accept the applications If there are any name alterations in the visa or resident permit applicants’ passports and such applicants should submit a new passport with the correct name.
  • The approval will be given for the passports that the name is written on the second page due to the reason that the name is too long to be written on the first page of the passport.

Special Note - Myanmar

Public health requirements for travelers entering Myanmar through international airports, seaports and cross border poes (1-3-2024) Click for more details.

General Information on Passports (2024)


What important info is on a passport? ›

If you are age 16 or older, your passport is valid for 10 years. Your child's passport (age 0-15) is valid for 5 years. Some countries require that your passport have at least six months of validity beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

What is the question number 10 on the passport application? ›

They dont specify on that form whether to use a Last Name/ First Name or First Name/Last Name format on the boxes provided.

Why would a passport be denied? ›

Some reasons to deny a passport include: A valid, unsealed federal warrant of arrest. A federal or state criminal court order. A condition of parole or probation forbidding departure from the United States (or the jurisdiction of the court)

How to fill out parental information on a passport application? ›

#10 –*** Names of parents of applicant – first & middle and then last name (mother's name must be her maiden name), date of birth of parents and place of birth. Also indicate male/female and whether or not they are citizens of the U.S. This information is required even if the parents are deceased.

What are the 10 pieces of written information on a passport? ›

Passports do not include your address. Passport data pages, or biodata pages, only include your name, passport number, nationality, date and place of birth, your sex, and the passport's date of issue and date of expiry.

What is the most important part of the passport? ›

Holder data page

This page, located at the beginning of the passport, contains crucial information about the holder, including: Full name of the holder. Date of birth. Nationality.

What questions does passport ask? ›

Passport Interview Questions
  • Personal Details: Full name, its spelling and all name changes (if you've had any).
  • Address Details: Your current address and length of stay, ownership or rental status, postal code, property description (like number of bedrooms, etc.)

What questions are asked in passport interview? ›

Following is a list of questions that may be asked during interview for passport..
  • What is my full name?
  • Spell out my full name?
  • Which address did IPS sent you back your document?
  • Which method you used to send passport application?
  • On electoral sheet, who else is registered in that house?
  • My Wife's Date of Birth?
Jun 29, 2015

What are 9 numbers from passport? ›

Contexual Validation
1–99Passport number
101Check digit over digits 1–9
11–133Nationality (ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 code with modifications)
14–196Date of birth (YYMMDD)
7 more rows

Can you be denied a passport if you owe taxes? ›

Seriously delinquent tax debt is your unpaid, federal tax debt which includes interest and penalties. If the Secretary of the Treasury let us know you have seriously delinquent tax debt, we cannot issue a U.S. passport to you. We may also revoke your valid U.S. passport.

Do I get my money back if my passport application is rejected? ›

Non Refundable Fees

The passport application fee and the execution fee are non-refundable. They are collected and retained by law even if a passport is not issued.

Why is it so hard to get a passport? ›

This is due to the number of passports that are backlogged. Luckily, you can avoid long passport processing times if you choose Swift to obtain your passport. We can help you get a new passport in 7-10 business days and a passport renewal in as little as 7-10 business days.

Do I need both parents information for passport? ›

Both parents or guardians must approve that we can issue a passport to a child, and go with the child to apply in person. If one or both parents or guardians cannot apply with their child, you will need to show us more documents. You cannot renew your child's passport using Form DS-82.

What documents do I need for a U.S. passport? ›

1. Gather Required Documentation
  • Form DS-11, completed but not signed.
  • Form DS-64, completed but not signed.
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship.
  • Photocopy of evidence of U.S. citizenship.
  • Evidence of parental awareness.
  • Photo ID.
  • Photocopy of photo ID.
  • Passport photo.

Can you fill out a passport application by hand? ›

If you are experiencing technical issues with our Form Filler, download a PDF and complete your form by hand. Visit the webpage of the U.S. embassy or consulate if you are applying for a U.S. passport while in a foreign country.

What information is kept on a passport? ›

The computer chip or machine readable passports do not hold your criminal records or any other personal information other than your name, place of birth, date of birth, passport number and the issue and expiry dates of the document. The chip is capable of carrying other information, but not criminal records.

What info is shown on a passport? ›

A passport book is the traditional passport used as identification, often during international travel, that's standardized worldwide. It includes a page with your identifying information, such as passport number, name, birthdate, and birthplace.

What information is checked when applying for a passport? ›

When you apply for your first U.S. passport, you need to submit these documents required by the Department of State: your completed DS-11 passport application form, a qualifying ID with a matching photocopy, a qualifying document that proves your U.S. citizenship with a matching photocopy, and a qualifying photograph ...

What are the important pages of a passport? ›

The first page of a passport contains your photo and personal information, including your full name, nationality, date of birth, place of birth, sex, the passport issue date and passport expiration date. The rest of the book is filled with blank pages for immigration stamps and visas.


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