LIFTING OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS BY THE EU/ SCHENGEN REGION

The Ministry of Foreign Relations notes the decision of the European Union to reopen its external borders on 1 July 2020 initially to a list of less than 15 countries that does not include Sri Lanka.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka accredited to European Union in Brussels which has been actively lobbying for Sri Lanka’s inclusion in the list was informed by the European Commission that it has not yet considered countries that have not opened airports nor accepted visitors from the EU region. The Embassy was further informed that the list will be progressively expanded depending on the progress made in the epidemiological situation in countries, the ability to apply containment measures during travel and whether or not that country has lifted travel restrictions towards the EU countries.

 

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
 
30 June 2020

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මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය

යුරෝපා සංගමය/ෂෙන්ගන් කලාපය විසින් සංචාරක සීමාවන් ඉවත් කිරීම

ආරම්භයේ දී, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඇතුළත් නොවන රටවල් 15 ට අඩු ලැයිස්තුවක් සඳහා 2020 ජූලි 1 වැනි දින සිට සිය බාහිර දේශසීමා නැවත විවෘත කිරීමට යුරෝපා සංගමය තීරණය කළ බව විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය සඳහන් කරයි.

මෙම ලැයිස්තුවට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ද ඇතුළත් කිරීම සඳහා සක්‍රීයව ඉල්ලීම් කරමින් සිටින, බ්‍රසල්ස් හි යුරෝපා සංගමය සඳහා අක්ත ගන්වා ඇති ශ්‍රී ලංකා තානාපති කාර්යාලය වෙත යුරෝපා කොමිසම දන්වා සිටියේ, සිය ගුවන්තොටුපලවල් විවෘත නොකළ හෝ යුරෝපා සංගම් කලාපයෙන් පැමිණෙන අමුත්තන් භාරනොගත් රටවල් පිළිබඳව තවමත් සලකා බලා නොමැති බවයි. රටවල පවතින වසංගත රෝග තත්ත්වය, සංචාරය අතරතුර දී වසංගතය මැඩපැවැත්වීමේ ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගැනීමට ඇති හැකියාව සහ එම රට යුරෝපා සංගම් රටවල් සඳහා සිය සංචාරක සීමාවන් ඉවත් කර තිබේද නැද්ද යන කරුණුවල ප්‍රගතිය මත පදනම්ව, මෙම ලැයිස්තුව ක්‍රම ක්‍රමයෙන් පුළුල් කරන බව තානාපති කාර්යාලය වෙත තවදුරටත් දැනුම් දෙන ලදී.

 

විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය
කොළඹ
 
2020 ජුනි 30 වැනි දින

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ஊடக வெளியீடு

 

ஐரோப்பிய ஒன்றியம் / ஷெங்கன் பிராந்தியத்தால் பயணக் கட்டுப்பாடுகள் நீக்கம்

 

ஆரம்பக் கட்டமாக இலங்கை உள்ளடங்காத 15 க்கும் குறைவான நாடுகளுக்கு தனது வெளியக எல்லைகளை 2020 ஜூலை 1 ஆம் திகதி முதல் மீண்டும் திறப்பதற்கு ஐரோப்பிய ஒன்றியம் தீர்மானித்துள்ளதாக வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு அறியத்தருகின்றது.

 

தமது விமான நிலையங்களைத் திறக்காத அல்லது ஐரோப்பிய ஒன்றியப் பிராந்தியத்திலிருந்து பிரயாணிகளை ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளாத நாடுகள் இன்னும் பரிசீலிக்கப்படவில்லை என இந்தப் பட்டியலில் இலங்கையையும் உள்ளடக்குவதற்காக தீவிரமாக முயற்சித்து வரும் ஐரோப்பிய ஒன்றியத்திற்கு அங்கீகாரம் பெற்றுள்ள பிரஸ்ஸல்ஸிலுள்ள இலங்கைத் தூதரகத்திற்கு ஐரோப்பிய ஆணைக்குழுவால் அறிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. நாடுகளிலுள்ள தொற்றுநோய் சார்ந்த சூழ்நிலையில் ஏற்பட்டுள்ள முன்னேற்றம், பயணத்தின்போதான கட்டுப்பாட்டு நடவடிக்கைகளைப் பயன்படுத்துவதற்கான திறன் மற்றும் அந்த நாடு ஐரோப்பிய ஒன்றிய நாடுகளுக்கான பயணக் கட்டுப்பாடுகளை நீக்கியுள்ளதா இல்லையா என்பதைப் பொறுத்து பட்டியல் படிப்படியாக விரிவாக்கம் செய்யப்படும் என தூதரகத்திற்கு மேலும் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

 

 

வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு
கொழும்பு
 
30 ஜூன் 2020

Foreign Minister outlines Sri Lanka’s Digital Responses to COVID -19

3 July 2020

Visionary political leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the effective use of technology in a whole – of – government approach has enabled Sri Lanka to control the COVID-19 and a wide range of pandemic related issues – said Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena addressing the Virtual Ministerial Conference on ‘Close the Digital Divides: the Digital Response to COVID-19’.

The Conference jointly organized by Estonia and Singapore on 1 July 2020 was attended by Ministers and representatives from over 60 countries.

Foreign Minister Gunawardena also briefed the Conference on the digital solutions introduced by Sri Lanka during the COVID-19 period, including ‘Contact Sri Lanka Portal’ set-up by the Ministry of Foreign Relations along with the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), to respond to the requests from overseas Sri Lankans. He thanked the private sector partners for their contribution during these challenging times.

Observing the increasing role of digital technology in a post- COVID-19 world, Minister Gunawardenacalled for collective action of all nations to address cyber security challenges as well as to share the best practices and technologies with resource constrained countries.

Sri Lanka endorsed the “Global Declaration on the Digital Response to COVID-19”, that was adopted at the Virtual Ministerial Conference.

The Declaration is available at :https://vm.ee/sites/default/files/Estonia_for_UN/Rasmus/close_the_digital_divides.pdf

 

 

Ministry of Foreign Relations                                                                                                                                                                

Colombo

 

 

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe presented Letters of Credence in Austria

2 July 2020

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe presented Letters of Credence to His Excellency Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria, at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna accrediting as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to Austria on 30 June 2020.

The ceremony commenced with the presentation of the Letters of Credence, followed by a Presidential Guard of Honour. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Charitha Weerasinghe, Counsellor and Head of Chancery of the Embassy.

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe conveyed greetings from His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, Honourable Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the People of Sri Lanka to His Excellency Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria and the People of Austria. President Van der Bellen reciprocated greetings to the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and recalled his visit to Sri Lanka.

During the courtesy call the Ambassador mentioned that Sri Lanka-Austria special relations have grown exponentially covering a multitude of areas with mutual benefits. It was further stated that Sri Lanka hopes to further strengthen and expand the friendly relations into new vistas of cooperation in the years ahead.

Following the credential ceremony a reception was held at the Embassy for Officials of the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Diplomatic Corp, Official from the Diplomatic Institutions, leading official of Think Tank, Media, Sri Lankan Community and the Embassy Staff and Families.

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and was Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates, prior to the appointment in Austria. The diplomatic career entailed serving as Consul General in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China and Deputy High Commissioner in Malaysia.

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and a past pupil of St. Joseph’s College and Royal College, Colombo.

 

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

Vienna, Austria

 

30 June 2020

Related Links: https://www.mfa.gov.lk/ambassador-majintha-jayesinghe-presented-letters-of-credence-in-austria/

 

The Message of H.E.the President of Sri Lanka on the World Environment Day 2020

5 June 2020

I am pleased to pen this message of greetings on the occasion of the World Environment Day, marked on June 5 every year, which aims at enhancing the awareness among the people on the importance of protecting the environment and drawing attention of the policymakers to environmental issues.

All creatures including the human have an unbreakable bond with the environment. The longstanding deep relationship nurtured by the Sri Lankan community since ancient times with the environment paved the way to enrich our daily life. The necessity to pass on, our age old knowledge of all aspects of the nature to our future generations, as well as to enhance their knowledge regarding the present environmental issues, is felt much more strongly at present than any other time in the history.

The various environmental issues such as floods, landslides, melting of glaciers, air pollution, global warming and climate change that have become formidable threats to the humans are direct results of our own haphazard activities. Destructions caused to the nature will inevitably affect the survival of the humankind. I see the global crisis erupted due to COVID – 19 pandemic as an occasion which undeniably teaches the humans of the importance of environmental conservation.      

The necessity of a sustainable environmental strategy has been identified in “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, the policy statement. Measures will be taken in the future to make environmental protection initiatives mentioned therein such as land management, preserving of biodiversity, increase national forest cover, scientific waste management and eco-friendly human settlements and cities into reality.

I wish the World Environment Day celebrations in Sri Lanka held under the theme ‘Biodiversity - Spaces for Nature’ every success.

 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

June, 04, 2020         

Media Release - Revised Instructions on PCR testing and Quarantine procedures for DPLs entering Sri Lanka

5 June 2020

Following the revised instructions issued on 4 June 2020 by the Presidential Secretariat on the PCR testing and quarantine procedures for the members of the Diplomatic corps based/attached in Colombo when they enter/re-enter Sri Lanka in order to prevent and minimize the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, took immediate action to convey the same to all Diplomatic Missions, the Representation Offices of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies, International Organizations, Honorary Consulates resident in Colombo through diplomatic channels.

The revised instructions state as follows:

- The respective Diplomatic Missions may inform the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFR) by a Note Verbal, the details of the diplomats and their family members who are scheduled for entry/ re-entry into Sri Lanka for the diplomatic assignments well in advance in order to obtain the prior approval from the concerned authorities.

- The members of the Diplomatic staff and their family members need to submit PCR test reports obtained within 72 hours prior to their departure from respective countries.

- If the members of the Diplomatic staff and their family members are unable to provide PCR test reports, they would be subjected to a mandatory PCR test at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake.

- Heads of Mission and family members will self-quarantine at the Official Residences. All other arriving Diplomatic staff and their family members will have to follow quarantine procedures at a hotel, recommended by the Government of Sri Lanka (if independent/separate residences are not available), for a period of 14 days, subject to concurrence and supervision of the Heads of Mission.

- The Diplomatic Missions/Representations need to inform the Ministry of Foreign Relations once the 14-day home quarantine is completed and submit the second PCR test report done by the Mission before the Officer resumes duties in the Mission as per the measures taken by the Mission to control and prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

- The Diplomatic Missions/Representations have to forward the travel details of the Diplomatic staff and their family members at least 48 hours prior to their departure to the Chief of Protocol of the Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry further notes that travel by Diplomatic Officers to Sri Lanka will be approved, subject to their concurrence to follow the above procedures issued by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Ministry of Foreign Relations

Colombo

5 June 2020

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