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Passportsonly for Middle Eastern countries will not be issued from the 31st

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By ITN News Editor December 28, 2018 18:59

Passportsonly for Middle Eastern countries will not be issued from the 31st

The Department of Immigration and Emigration has said that passports only for Middle Eastern countries will not be issued with effect from the 31st of this month. Controller of the Passport Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration Vajira Liyanaratne said that passports valid for All Countries only will be issued from the 01stof January.
Vajira Liyanaratne said that in view of Sri Lanka introducing the e-passport service to its citizen, the issuance of passports valid Only For Middle East Countries would no longer be issued from Dec 31st this year, the Immigration and Emigration Controller General M.N. Ranasinghe said. He said passports valid only for All Countries will be issued from Jan 1, 2019.
Mr. Vajira Liyanaratne
said the department was hoping to implement the e-passport project soon with an electronic chip that carries the owner’s biodata. Mr. Liyanaratne mentioned that 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.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 28, 2018 18:59

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