Daily Archives: January 30, 2015

Sri Lankan Passport holders can travel to 39+ countries without Visa

Based on Henley Visa Restrictions Index which ranks countries according to the travel privilege their citizen enjoy,  Sri Lankan citizens can visit  about 39 countries and territories without any prior visa plans or arrangements. Visa requirements for Sri Lanka nationals are administrative entry restrictions placed on citizens of Sri Lanka by the authorities of other states so this means that the they either enter those 39 countries without visa or get visa on arrival.

Sri  Lanka ranked 88th most valuable passport in the world. 

Below are over 39 countries Sri Lankans can visit without visa

Bahamas: Visa not required – 3 months.

Barbados: Visa not require – 6 months

Bolivia: Visa on arrival – 90 days.

Burundi: Visa on arrival – 30 days; obtainable at Bujumbura International Airport.

Cape Verde: Visa on arrival.

China: 30 days VISA on arrival for Official Passport holders.

Comoros: Visa on arrival.

Djibouti: Visa on arrival.

Dominica: Visa not required – 6 months.

Ecuador: Visa not required – 90 days.

Gambia: Visa not required – Entry clearance required.

Grenada: Visa not required – 3 months.

Guinea-Bissau: Visa on arrival – 90 days.

Haiti : Visa not required – 90 days.

Iran: Visa not required – 1 month.

Malawi: Visa not required – 30 days.

Saint Kitts and Nevis: Visa not required

Singapore: Visa not required – 30 days.

Vanuatu: Visa not required – 30 days

Ireland: Visa required  – Visa is issued free of charge.

Kenya: Visa on arrival – 3 months.

Madagascar: Visa on arrival – 90 days.

Maldives: Visa on arrival – 30 days.

Mauritania: Visa on arrival.

Nauru: Visa on arrival.

Nepal: Visa on arrival – 90 days.

Palau: Visa on arrival – 30 days.

Rwanda: Visa required – Visa is obtained online.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Visa not required – 1 month

Samoa: Entry Permit on arrival – 60 days

São Tomé and Príncipe: Visa required – Visa is obtained online.

Serbia: Visa required -Visa free for a maximum stay of 90 days for valid visa holders or residents of the European Union member states and the United States.

Seychelles: Visitor’s Permit on arrival – 1 month.

Solomon Islands: Visa required.

Somalia: Visa required – 30 days visa on arrival, provided an invitation letter issued by the sponsor has been submitted to the Airport Immigration Department at least 2 days before arrival.

Timor-Leste: Visa on arrival – 30 days

Togo: Visa on arrival – 7 days

Tuvalu: Visa on arrival – 1 month

Uganda: Visa on arrival – 3 months

United Kingdom: excluding some Overseas territories Visa required.

Vietnam: Visa required – Prearranged visa obtained online through travel agencies available at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang airports.

Phú Quốc: Without a visa for up to – 30 days.

Micronesia: Visa not required – 30 days.

Mozambique: Visa on arrival – 30 days. 

Myanmar: eVisa – 28 days. eVisa holders must arrive via Yangon International Airport.

Visa requirements for Sri Lankan citizens – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Sri_Lankan_citizens


Sripavan Second Tamil to Become Lankan Chief Justice


COLOMBO:Justice Kanakasabapathi Sripavan will be the second Tamil to be Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court when he takes over on Friday following the retirement of Shirani Bandaranayake.

The first Tamil to hold the highest judicial post in Sri Lanka was Suppiah Sharvananda, who served between 1984 and 1988.

Born in 1952, Sripavan was educated at the Jaffna Hindu College and the Law College in Colombo. After a short stint at the private bar in the late 1970s, he joined the Attorney General’s Office as a government counsel. He rose to be Deputy Solicitor General before he was appointed a judge in the Court of Appeal. He was party to many landmark judgments when he was raised to the Supreme Court.

As the then Chief Justice, Mohan Peiris, was due for removal on the grounds that his appointment was illegal, Sri Lanka’s new President, Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, chose to be sworn in by Justice Sripavan rather than CJ Mohan Peiris. At any rate, Sripavan was the senior most Supreme Court judge.

Bandaranayake Retires

Sripvan’s predecessor, Shirani Bandaranayake, had assumed office on Wednesday following her re-instatement through a Presidential order sacking Chief Justice Mohan Peiris. However, on re-instatement, she said that she would put in her papers for immediate retirement. According to her attorney, K.Neelakandan, she was not interested in the office but only wanted justice to be done to her, and that was done when she was reinstated.

UNP’s Reservations

However, political sources said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his United National Party (UNP) did not want Bandaranayake to continue as Chief Justice because she had earlier ruled that the draconian 18 th.Amendment introduced by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in accordance with the constitution.

The 18 th.Amendment had repealed the 17 th. Amendment to abolish the Independent Commissions and to lift the cap on the number of terms a President could seek. The 17 th.Amendment, which had set up Independent Commissions, was the brainchild of the UNP.

The 18 th. Amendment was a blatant attempt to further beef up the already powerful Executive Presidency, an institution which the UNP had been wanting to abolish or drastically prune.

Despite the ire against Bandaranayake’s ruling on the 18 th. Amendment, the UNP was committed to reinstating her to prove that it is against arbitrary and capricious removal of judges bypassing the due process. Her reinstatement was put in the manifesto of the Joint Opposition Presidential Candidate, Maithripala Sirisena.


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