South African High Commission in Colombo

South Africa
Sri Lanka
Contact   : + 94 11 268 9926
Fax   : + 94 11 268 8670
Email   :
Website   :

Please Note:

Visits to the South African High Commission in Colombo are strictly by appointment. For specific services, visitors must visit the designated section at the embassy and book an appointment accordingly on the email addresses mentioned above. For instance, if you want to apply for consular services, you should visit the Consular Section. To book an appointment, you can directly mail the high commission or consular email section .

Consular Services:

The South African High Commission in Colombo offers a wide range of consular services, including the processing of visas and passports and document legalization. To apply for a new passport, renew your old passport, want to change the particulars on your current passport, or need to report about a lost or damaged passport, book an appointment with the high commission's passport service

These consulate services are listed below:

  • Process passport applications
  • Process visa applications
  • Legalization of documents
  • Issuing emergency travel documents
  • Power of attorney
  • Birth Certificate
  • Application forms
  • Authentication of documents

Visa types granted by South Africa are;

  • South Africa Visas for medical treatment
  • South Africa Visas for working in the entertainment industry
  • South Africa Visas for attending a conference
  • South Africa Visas for compliance of Treaty conditions
  • South Africa Visas for crew (maritime)
  • South Africa Visas for cultural / economic / social exchange programmes
  • South Africa Transit visas (foreigners en-route to the neighbouring countries)

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South Africa and Sri Lanka Relations

The South Africa and Sri Lanka enjoy cordial bilateral relations. The high commission's diplomatic mission's mandate is to forge stronger and closer ties between the two countries. Pursuing bilateral and multilateral cooperation in diverse sectors, including culture, defense, tourism, trade and investments, science and technology, security, and other fields while safeguarding mutual benefits, is vital for their relations. The countries are cooperating to resolve global issues like climate change, piracy, terrorism, cybersecurity, etc. The South Africa is the most important source market for tourism in Sri Lanka.

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Sanjeeva Godakandage

Dear Sir, I hold a Sri Lankan official passport. I have been invited for a conference in South Africa in May 2023. I greatly appreciate your advice regarding following: 1) How can I apply for a visa - do I have to visit the High Commission office, or can I do it online please? 2) Is there a separate visa category for conferences, and if not what is the relevant visa category please? 3) How many days in advance do I have to apply for the visa? 4) What are the documents required please? 5) What is the visa fee? An early response will be greatly appreciated. Thank you S.Godakandage