This article is from the Sri Lanka FAQ, by Prasad Dharmasena firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
There are two types of renewals.
(1) If your passport is less than 10 years old, you can simply renew
the existing one.
(2) If the passport is more than 10 years old (ie. it has been renewed
once before) OR it has run out of pages (stop traveling so much)
then you have to obtain a new passport.
Naturally, there are two types of forms that you have to fill out. (I
guess one form with two boxes to tick off makes too much sense.) So
when you call the embassy, (phone numbers are under <20>) be specific.
You may also need to give them the National ID number and the current
passport number before they can send you the form. Why? Why ask why?
There is a $130 surcharge for getting a new passport through the SL embassy
in Washington DC as they have to send the paperwork to Sri Lanka. As far
as I know, the five-year renewal doesn't cost this outrageous $130. If
you get your passport renewed in Sri Lanka, there is no $130 surchage.
Your mileage may vary for SL embassies in other countries.
For emergencies, the embassy can issue an one-time temporary passport
which is good only to enter Sri Lanka. You will have to obtain a regular
passport while in SL. Moreover, you may have problems of getting visas
(ie: transit visa -- to have the privilage of sitting on a lousy chair at
Charles de Gaulle airport.) with this temporary passport.
To get a new passport for a lost/stolen passport, you are required to
send a police report, national ID and/or original birth certificate
and/or citizenship certificate, documents to prove the legality of your
stay in the country (valid visa)... etc.
For more info, call the embassy. See <20>
It is possible to renew your passport directly from SL while you are
out of SL. Cost Rs. 1000.00 (takes one week) or Rs. 2000.00 (same
1. a letter stating why you need it so fast.
2. Affidavit stating that the bearer will handle all the passport
related matters on your behalf. (state his national ID number)
3. If you need to express mail (courier), need permission from
Emmigration and Immigration dept.
4. Will need National ID, birth certificate, etc, as per
5. May need certified proof of your identity. (AttornyAtLaw, JP)
[ Okay, can someone send his/her old passport to Sri Lanka and get a
new one? Can you send it to the passport office? Is it cheaper to
send it to a relative and ask him/her to take it and get it renewed?
Or does the passport owner absolutely *has* to be in Sri Lanka before
they can renew the passport? ]
I hear that all the Kachcheri's can do passport work now. Please confirm.