Express passport counter will be established – Nanayakkara

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Minister of Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara said a special counter will be introduced at the Department of Immigration and Emigration from Monday (22) to provide passports for Sri Lankans expecting to urgently travel overseas for employment.

Nanayakkara noted that owing to high demand, people have to wait for at least two months to make an appointment at the Department’s office in Battaramulla for a new passport.

Nanayakkara said, Sri Lankans who urgently need a passport to travel for overseas employment are being severely affected as a result.

“Therefore, based on a request by the Department of Immigration and Emigration measures have been taken to introduce a new counter to address the issue,” the minister said.