What is the change? Foreign nationals are now required to complete a health exam and obtain a health protection plan before applying for residence permits.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Residence permits, including renewals.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals applying for residence permits.
  • Impact on processing: The change may add a day or two to the process of obtaining residence in Sri Lanka.

Additional information: Applicants can make an appointment for a health checkup on this website. They then visit the In-bound Health Assessment Center in Colombo in order to complete the exam. Patients will be screened for tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS and filariasis. They can obtain a health protection plan at the health center in Colombo after their appointment. The exam and protection plan together cost the equivalent of US$75. Payments should be made in Sri Lankan rupees. New applicants should note that they must complete the health exam within seven days of arriving in Sri Lanka.

Analysis and Comments: Employers are encouraged to work closely with foreign nationals to ensure they complete the health exam and obtain the required health protection plan. Those who fail to do so will be unable to submit residence permit applications, including renewal applications.

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