Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Vietnam

Geographical background of Sri Lanka


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Sri Lanka (with the meaning of resplendent island in Sanskrit language) is an island of the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean,in the Southern Tip of India between the longitudes 80 and 82 degrees east and the latitudes 6 and 10 degrees north. Its maximum length is 432 kilometers from north to south and its maximum width is 224 kilometers from east to west; it has an area of 65,525 square kilometers. Due to her position at the southern tip of the Indian Sub-Continent Sri Lanka is often referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. The tropical climate with an average temperature of 27ºC fluctuates between 15ºC in the highlands to 35ºC in certain areas of the lowlands. Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo, is a fascinating city, not only for a comfortable blend of east and west, but also for a cozy mixture of the past and present.

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a free, independent and sovereign nation. Legislative power is exercised by the Parliament, elected by people on a proportional representation basis. Executive power of the people, including defence, is exercised by the President, who is also elected by the people.  

The people of Sri Lanka are of diverse ethnicity and faiths. Sri Lanka has been an ancient centre of Buddhist religion and culture. The majority is Sinhalese who are mostly Buddhists. Among the minorities the Tamils; mainly Hindus are the largest, followed by the Moors who follow Islam and a sharply declining number of Burghers, who are Christians. There is also a considerable population of Christians among the Sinhalese and Tamils.
Sri Lanka’s population is closer to 20 million, of whom the majority is Sinhalese (75%). Other ethnic groups are made up of, Tamils 18%, Moors 6.2%, Malays, Burghers (of Portuguese & Dutch descent) and others 0.8%.

Sinhala and Tamil are official languages in Sri Lanka. Sinhala, a language of Indo-Aryan origin is the language of the majority. English is widely spoken and understood.Sri Lanka has an export-oriented economy with a widely expanding service sector. Tea, rubber and coconut are important export agricultural crops, with tea being a major foreign exchange earner. In addition, other crops of importance are cocoa and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and cloves. Fruit and vegetables, native to both tropical and temperate regions, grow well in the country. Sri Lanka is also a major exporter of precious Gems and stones. Non-traditional exports such as garments, seafood, foliage, flowers and tropical fish and value added agro-industries have contributed to the economic advancement of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is rich of, ancient monuments, rain forests, elegant waterfalls rich cultural heritages, and amassing diversity of sceneries, impressive green paddy fields, sun-bronzed beaches, ancient cities, sanctuaries, wildlife, and the hill country tea plantations.

History of Sri Lanka

The history of Sri Lanka stretches back over 2500 years, the arrival of Prince Vijaya with his entourage of seven hundred followers in 6th century B.C. However, recorded civilization dates back to 380 BC, when Anuradhapura (206 km from Colombo) was established as the first capital city. Following the advent of Buddhism in the 3rd Century BC, a civilization rich in Indo-Aryan culture took root. With invasions from neighboring South India, the base of power shifted to Polonnaruwa (101 km South East of Anuradhapura) and other cities such as Dambadeniya, Kurunegala, Kotte and Kandy.

In the 16 the Century the island had its first recorded encounter with the traders and colonizers of the West, with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 A.D. What followed was a period of nearly five hundred years during which the island came under the control and influence of the Portuguese, Dutch and British.  The Portuguese and Dutch ruled over the coastal regions for a rough 150 years each, the British established complete control over the island with the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815. They too ruled for 150 years before the country regained independence on 4th February 1948.

Tradition at welcome

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The palms clasped together and a gentle bow of the head accompanies the "Ayubowan", (May you have a long Life) Sri Lanka's gentle gesture of welcome and respect. It is the age-old greeting of Sri Lankans.

Although well on the road to modernization, the country and its people still relish most of their traditional values and take pride in their rich culture. One of the reasons continues to attract visitors from abroad, as much as the beauty and diversity of scenery, and the warmth and friendship of the people.

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Public Holidays for 2016 - Embassy of Sri Lanka – Hanoi



01st   January (Friday)

      New Year Day



04th   February (Thursday)

      National Day – Sri Lanka



08th   February (Monday)


Vietnamese New Year/Lunar New Year


09th   February (Tuesday)


10th   February (Wednesday)


11th   February (Thursday)


12th   February (Friday)



14th   April (Thursday)


     Sinhala & Tamil New Year day


18th  April (Monday)


     King Hung’s Day


02nd  May (Monday)


     Reunification Day 


03rd  May (Tuesday)


     Labour Day           


21st  May (Saturday)


     Vesak Full Moon Poya Day


06th  July (Wednesday)


     Id –Ul- Fiter (Ramazan Festival Day)


02nd September (Friday)


     National Day of Vietnam


29th  October (Saturday)


     Deepavali Festival Day


25th  December (Sunday)

     Christmas Day


Embassy of Sri Lanka – Hanoi

Schedule of Visa and Consular Fees




Visa & Passport Fees


Visa (for Vietnamese National)


Single Entry

USD  45.00

Double Entry

USD  90.00

Passport Fees


Issue of New Passport

USD  250.00

New Passport in place of a lost Passport

USD  350.00

Non Machine Readable Passport

USD  65.00

Emergency Certificate(to return to Sri Lanka only

USD  7.00

Alterations/ Amendments to the Passport

USD  5.00

Extension the Period of Validity of Passport

USD  2.00 Per Year

Other Nationals


Consular Fees


Authentication or Certification by the Embassy

USD  18.00

(Original or each copy)

Translation of Documents

USD  20.00 (per page)

Registration of Birth under Birth & Death

Registration Act Regulations

USD  10.00

Registration of Birth under Citizenship Act.

USD 50.00,

USD 5.00 per 01 year delayed

Issue of Birth Certificate or each additional copy

USD  40.00

Registration of Marriage


Notice of Marriage

USD  18.00

Registration of Marriage

USD  18.00

Certified Copies of Marriage Certificate

USD  18.00

Attestation of Documents (Affidavits)

USD  30.00

Police Clearance Certificate


Application fee

USD  10.00

Authentication or Certification by the Embassy

USD  18.00


Embassy Activity

Poson celebrations in Viet Nam

June 2016

Celebrating Poson Festival in Ha Noi, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Viet Nam mainly organized a Photo Exhibition “Insights into the Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture” at the Qua Su Pagoda, Ha Noi on 18th June 2016.  The exhibition continues till 20thJune 2016.

Quan Su Pagoda is the Headquarters of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS).

At the Opening ceremony, Most Venerable Thich Duc Thien, General Secretary of Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha, who is also the Vice President of Viet Nam – Sri Lanka Friendship Association, introduced the Ambassador and the staff to the audience and briefed on Sri Lanka and its Buddhist heritage.

            Opening Ceremony         

                      Opening Ceremony attended by many Vietnam Buddhist Sangha's dignitaries, Vietnamese and Sri Lankans 

In her address Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake explained the significance of the Poson Festival to Sri Lankan Buddhists and Sri Lanka’s special connection to Buddhism such as recording of Pali Canon for the first time in the written form, possession of the Tooth Relic and rituals such as Esala Perehera associated with the same, significance of Sri Pada and Buddhists’ belief of Lord Buddha’s visiting Sri Lanka three times. The Ambassador further added that this exhibition is yet another small step to introduce Sri Lanka to Vietnamese. 


The black and white photos were shot by Mr. Takashi Koguchi,- a freelance photographer who visited Sri Lanka twice in 1992 and 1993 for a period of a month each time.

The Opening Ceremony was attended by Most Venerable Thich Thanh Nhieu, Standing Vice Chairman of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha, Most Venerable Thich Gia Quang, Deputy General Secretary of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sanga Executive Council, Most Venerable Thich Duc Thien, General Secretary of Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha and Mr. Bui Huu Duoc, Head of Buddhism Department of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Vietnamese as well as Sri Lankans. It was followed by a religious ceremony at the main Shrine of the Pagoda and offering of fruits to devotees visiting the temple.

The exhibition consisted of 24 photographs by late Mr. Takashi Koguchi, a Japanese photographer and 20 photographs, prints and posters depicting Buddhism related places in Sri Lanka. Over 100 Vietnamese were present to view the exhibition.

The Quan Su Pagoda was also decorated with Vesak lanterns and traditional pottery lamps of Sri Lankan style.                                                    

The event was widely covered in Vietnamese media.

In addition, the Sri Lankan community in Ho Chi Minh City celebrated Poson Festival with Dhamma preaching, a dansala and Bakthi Gee performance at Minh Dang Quang Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Ha Noi, 20th June 2016


Sri Lankan community in Viet Nam celebrates Sinhala and Tamil New Year

April 2016

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year was celebrated in Viet Nam both by the Sri Lankan Community living in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in Southern Viet Nam and in the capital city of Ha Noi in Northern of Viet Nam.

The celebration in Ho Chi Min City was organized by the Sri Lanka Sports Club in and was held on Saturday, 17th April 2016 at Lan Anh Village City.  Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissnayake attended the event as the Chief Guest and there were over 200 Sri Lankans and Vietnamese. Both Sinhalese and Tamils new year customs were observed. Celebrations covered several with several traditional and non-traditional New Year games, “Avurudu Kema Mesaya” followed by lunch.  

The New Year celebration in Ha Noi was organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy with the support of the Sri Lankan community in Ha Noi, including Sri Lankan students at San Bong Huy Hoang playground on Sunday, 24th April 2016. The celebrations were launched with the “Awurudu Kema Mesaya”. The event included 15 traditional and modern games for adults and kids, followed by a 10-over cricket match. The staff of the Embassy and nearly 100 Sri Lankans and Vietnamese attended the event.


Embassy of Sri Lanka

Ha Noi, 28th April 2016


December 2015 

“Embark on a Journey to the Magical Island – Sri Lanka”

 “If golden beaches, blue seas and rising waves, serene mountains, majestic elephants, silent leopards, huge whales and playful dolphins, a rich history, delicious tea, exotic cuisine, a wide range of festivities and warm smiles could sum up a country, that would be Sri Lanka” were introductory remarks made at the first ever tourism promotion event organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Viet Nam for outbound tour operators of Viet Nam.

Growth in Viet Nam’s outbound tourism at an average of 34% in the past few years no doubt creates vast potential for the outbound tourism sector. Currently about 1 million visits Cambodia, 700,000 to Thailand while Singapore, Philippines, South Korea and Japan are some of the favourite destinations of Vietnamese travellers. Considering the trend in rapid increase in outbound travel from Viet Nam as well as economic projections by international financial and economic agencies, Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ha Noi launched this initiative.

The event, held at the prestigious Ly Club in Ha Noi, on 15th December 2015 from 5.30 p.m. onwards was supported by Blue Lotus Tours of Sri Lanka and Vido Tours of Viet Nam. 22 participants representing 14 leading travel agencies were welcomed with a warm cup of Ceylon Tea and Sri Lankan ginger biscuits.

The event started with lighting the traditional oil lamp.

Welcome remarks by Ambassador Hasanthi Dissanayake

Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake after introductory remarks, made a presentation on the overview of Sri Lanka. She also shared her views on similarities of the two cultures, which would make Vietnamese travellers feel homely in Sri Lanka.

The Guest of Honour Mr. Pham Manh Guong, Deputy Secretary-General of the Viet Nam Society of Travel Agents (VISTA) commended the Embassy for organizing this event and stated that Sri Lanka has much potential to attract Vietnamese tourists. He also invited Sri Lanka to have a Country Pavilion with participation of several Sri Lankan travel agencies at the Viet Nam International Travel Mart to be held from 14th to 17th April 2016. He assured his fullest support in activities to make Sri Lanka better known in Viet Nam.

Mr. Hiran Amaratunga, CEO of Blue Lotus Tours captivated the attention of the audience with his presentation on Sri Lanka tourism highlighting its rich diversity in cultural and natural heritage with limitless opportunities to indulge one’s all senses that the Sri Lanka offers to the world.

The presentation followed with an exciting Q & A session with the audience wanting to know more about what Sri Lanka has to offer to the Vietnamese travel market.

The audience also received souvenirs of a brass ornament and a Ceylon Gemstone, courtesy Blue Lotus Tours.


Participants of the event 

Event ended with serving refreshments & beverages including traditional Sri Lankan snacks and canapés.


Embassy of Sri Lanka

Ha Noi, 16th December 2015