Warning About Fake Visa Websites

It has come to the notice of the Embassy of Sri Lanka that various websites which are not authorized by the Government of Sri Lanka have been soliciting visa seekers to apply for Sri Lankan visa through their online portals charging huge amount of service fee.

Please note that the ONLY authorized web link for applying on line visa is:


(If you found any suspicious/ Fake website please inform to the Embassy)


Travelers applying for visa should be aware of the following unauthorized websites that scam them into pay exorbitant fees.
















Before bringing any live animal into Sri Lanka, prior authorization must be obtained from the Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH).

The Director-General, Animal Production and Health (DGAPH) P.O. Box 13, Peradeniya,Sri  Lanka.
Tel: (+94 11) 08 2388195 / 2388184 / 2388189 / 2388463
Fax: (+94 11) 08 2388619

Website: www.daph.gov.lk

An application form can be downloaded by visiting their website -  www.daph.gov.lk

A duly filled application along with the vaccination record for the pet should be faxed/ emailed to the Director General of the DAPH.  Permission to import will be granted within a few weeks.

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a veterinarian good health and rabies certificate issued in country of origin and issued by the veterinary authorities. A stamp fee of Rupees 5 .00 and a Customs fee of Rupees 250.00 for each pet must be paid on arrival.

Once an approved application is at hand one can work on import of the pet.

A suitable airline approved box needs to be purchased and airline booked. Be cautious as some airlines do not have live cargo hold. Always try to book a direct flight to end destination.

Once the pet arrives, it will be subjected to a health check at the airport. Ensure all the documents are in hand. At the same time, you may have to pay duty for the pet. If your pet came accompanied it is much easier to clear. If your pet comes via cargo village then you may need a TIN # to clear the pet. A wharf Clerk to do the needful may be helpful.

Additional Information on OMAR Notification: DOMANIEC.SRI 27.04.06 An import permit can be obtained from the Director General, Department of Animal Production and Health, Fax: + 94 081 2389342. The permit must be obtained at least two weeks prior to export, and will be valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

Imported dogs/cats will be subjected to a quarantine inspection at Katunayake Airport. If necessary, samples will be taken for testing.

Imported dogs/cats will be subjected to a post-export quarantine period of thirty (30) days in the ‘owner’s premises. For this, the importer must sign the Quarantine Surveillance Agreement with the Animal Quarantine Officer at Katunayake Airport, at the time of importation. The exact location of the premises (including full address and telephone number), where the imported dogs/cats are going to be kept, must be provided by the importer in the Quarantine Surveillance Agreement.

Section 61.A of the Animal Products Amendments Act 2005 states that 'The Crown is not liable, and nor is the Director-General or any employee of the Ministry liable, for any loss arising through the refusal or failure of the relevant authority of an overseas market to admit export animal material or animal product to that market'.

Information also can be obtained from:

  1. Chief Animal Quarantine Officer, 41 MORGAN ROAD, COLOMBO 2, SRI LANKA

TEL/FAX: +94 11 2448683;

  1. Animal Quarantine Officer, B.I.A., Katunayake, Sri Lanka.

TEL/FAX: +94  11 2253430

Foreign ownership is welcome in almost all sectors of the economy, except a few regulated areas. Investors are permitted to repatriate 100% their profits and exempted from most of the exchange control regulations. They can also enjoy preferential tax benefits and constitutional guarantees on their investment.

Sri Lanka: A Regional Trading Hub

Being strategically located at the cross roads of east-west sea routes and serving as an entry point to the vast Indian market, Sri Lanka is well poised to become the trading hub in the region. According to the Lloyds Register, the Port of Colombo ranks the no. 1 port in South Asia and 26th in the world. While 23 major shipping lines and 7 feeder services operate out of Colombo, the port is computerized and linked to all major freight stations.

A number of major airlines operate flights from Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Colombo to many important cities in Europe, Middle-East, Australia and Indian sub continent. The national carrier, Sri Lankan airlines now covers about 50 destinations in 28 countries.

Strategic location with sea and air connectivity, high literacy rate, well educated and easily trainable workforce, market-friendly and transparent government policies, improved infrastructure, high quality education and healthcare facilities have made Sri Lanka an ideal location for foreign investors.

Preferential Access to Foreign Markets:

The Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) Sri Lanka has singed with India and Pakistan provide duty-free access to a very large number of products exported from Sri Lanka to the respective markets. For instance, Sri Lanka can now export over 4,000 product lines to the vast Indian market at zero-duty.

In addition, the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA), which groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka enables entrepreneurs, who set up businesses in Sri Lanka to export their products to all the respective markets either duty free or at a reduced rate of duty.

Being a beneficiary country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), Sri Lanka can also enjoy a wide range of duty concessions in many countries including major markets such as EU, USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, and Russia.

Sri Lanka, the only beneficiary in the whole of South Asia under the “GSP Plus” scheme of the EU, can now export well over 7,000 products to the vast European market at zero-duty.

U.S. Investments in Sri Lanka

The history of the US investment in Sri Lanka dates back to the 1960s, when the US companies sought to access new markets for their products such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and batteries. In the backdrop of the market-based economic reforms introduced by Sri Lanka in the late 1970s and pursued by all successive governments to-date, trade and investment relations between the two countries have achieved a substantial growth over last three decades.

By the end of 2005, the number of US companies operating in Sri Lanka had reach as high as 85. These companies, approved under both Section 16 and 17 of the BOI Law, had brought in nearly US$ 500 million. The US ranks the second largest investor, providing employment opportunities for over 21,000 people.

Today, the US investments in Sri Lanka spread across a very wide range of manufacturing and service industries. The main areas on the manufacturing front include food/agro-processing, animal feed mills, pharmaceuticals, ceramic tiles, garment accessories, integrated textile plants, lingerie, essential oils, computer parts, garments, telecommunication systems, electronics and electrical power systems, chemical products and batteries. Meanwhile, service-oriented activities cover financial services, power generation, the blending and marketing of lubricants, pay phones and telecommunication services, hotel management, trading activities, insurance, logistics operators, courier services, training institutes and computer software development. Appended below are some of the selected US investments currently operating in Sri Lanka.

Apparel & Textiles: The Limited / Mast Industries, Smart Shirts (Kellwood International), Sunbird International, Time Garments, Star Garments (Playknit Group), KABS, Sportif Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Pharmaceuticals : Pfizer, Warner Lambert

Essential oils : Asco Flavours & Fragrances

Electronic parts : Tandon Associates

Labels : Paxar

Dry batteries : Union Carbide

Computer parts: Haiser Computers

Fast food : McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut

Cold rooms : Tess Agro (Pvt.) Ltd.

Pay phones : World Quest Networks / Intellicall

Logistics : AEI

Software Development: e-Runway, Mobinetix

Advertising : J Walter Thompson

Leasing : LOLC

Retail Trading : 3M Worldwide

Credit Rating : Duff & Phelps

Power Generation : AES Kelanitissa

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