No more ‘Middle East Only’ passports

Sri Lanka Passports Authority will stop issuance of ‘Middle East Only’ passports from 31st December 2018, and will issue only ‘All Country’ Passports from January 1, 2019, according to Immigration and Emigration Controller General M.N. Ranasinghe.

He said the department was hoping to implement the e-passport project soon with an electronic chip that carries the owner’s biodata.

“Most Sri Lankans who have passports valid only for ‘Middle East Countries’ have to obtain another passport when they need to travel for jobs in countries like South Korea and Cyprus. We have placed orders for only ‘all countries passports’ to be issued until the implementation of the e-passport project,” Mr. Ranasinghe said.

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