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  • Vietnam - Sri Lanka relations

Vietnam and Sri Lanka have many similarities. They both enjoy strategic locations near the most important communication lines of the sea. Vietnam is in the centre of Southeast Asia while Sri Lanka in the middle of Indian Ocean. For both of them, the sea is vital for their development. Moreover, both are in the tropical and monsoon areas, where agriculture is important. In both countries, Buddhism is the main religion.

The links between Vietnam and Sri Lanka dated back many years. Having suffered hundred years under the colonialists, the people of both countries share their sympathy and support to each other in the struggle for independence and freedom. It has been recorded in the history that Ho Chi Minh, the beloved leader of Vietnam, has visited Sri Lanka at least 3 times: The first time, He stopped over in Colombo on 14 June 1911; the second time was in 1928 and the last time in October 1946. In the 1960s, many Sri Lankan students and youths went down the streets to join the demonstrations against the American War in Vietnam.

The official relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka began in July 1964 when the two countries set up consular relations. On 21 July 1970, the two countries upgraded their diplomatic relations to ambassadorial level. Vietnam opened first permanent diplomatic mission in Colombo in 1971. After the reunification of Vietnam in 1975, the relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka witnessed some steps of development, including the visit to Sri Lanka in 1976 by H.E. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Binh, Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam and the visit to Sri Lanka from 2-5 March 1978 by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, during which the two sides concluded agreements on trade, culture and post services.

However, in the 1980s, both Vietnam and Sri Lanka were facing a lot of difficulties. Vietnam was forced to close down some diplomatic offices in the world, including its embassy in Colombo. Due to some objective conditions, the relations between the two countries could not develop much in the 1980s and 1990s.

In the early 2000s, Vietnam was stepping up its process of renovation and open-door policy, while Sri Lanka was in need of the international support to finish off the domestic conflict. The two countries enhanced the exchange of visits, leading to the opening of Sri Lankan Embassy in Hanoi in January 2003 and the establishment of the Joint Commission for bilateral Cooperation between the two countries in October 2003.

Since then, the relations between the two countries have been steadily developing. More delegations have been exchanged. On the Sri Lankan side, the Prime Minister, parliament speaker, the Ministers of foreign affairs, defence, agriculture have paid their visits to Vietnam; On the Vietnamese side, the Ministers of foreign affairs, fishery, trade, agriculture have visited Sri Lanka. During these visits, both sides reached agreements on visa-exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders, avoidance of double taxation, tourism, agriculture and fishery. Development has also been witnessed in economic relations. The two-way trade volume was increasing steadily from US$ 30,1 million in 2000 to US$ 50,6 million in 2009. Sri Lanka also made some small investment projects in Vietnam. However, the relations between the two countries in general remained limited, mainly due to the fact that Sri Lanka still could not get rid from the conflict with the LTTE forces.

  • How Sri Lankan citizens apply for Vietnam visa?

Vietnam Immigration policy regulates that all Sri Lanka passport holders need to apply for Vietnam visa before entering the countries. From Albania, you can get a visa to Vietnam by two 2 options:

1. Get Vietnam visa on arrival easily at lower cost:


Visa on arrival is beneficial for those who live far away from the Vietnamese embassies and do not wish to send their passports away by postal mail.


- Issuing unit: Vietnam Immigration Department
- Processing time: 1 to 2 working days
- No passport send-off required
- How it works? You go online at http://www.vietnamvisabooking.com, fill in the secured form, and just wait 36 hour to 2 working days (normal service) or within 1 working day (urgent service) to get your Visa Approval Letter via email. Taking this letter of approval, your passport, 2 photos and US$25 (for single entry)/ US$50 (for multiple entry) as stamping fee to get your visa at airport. Further information, please visit application process.


2. Get Vietnam entry visa at Vietnam Embassy in Sri Lanka:

Vietnam Embassy in Sri Lanka
Address: Number 30/5, Ward Place, Colombo 7
Telephone: 94-11-2696050
Fax: 94-11-2692040
Email: vnemb-srilanka@mofa.gov.vn
Website: www.vietnamembassy-srilanka.vn

Sri Lankan citizens or residents in Sri Lanka can also apply for a Vietnam visa by visiting the nearest Vietnam Embassy in the neighbour countries to apply for a visa by yourself, orapply online at http://www.vietnamvisabooking.com/apply.html for a Vietnam visa on arrival (picked up at the arrival airport in Vietnam)


Embassy of Vietnam in New Delhi - India
17, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India
Tel: (91-11) 2301 9818 (91-11) 2301 0532
Fax: (9111) 2301 7714(9111) 2301 8448


Consulate General of Vietnam Bombay India
Wajeda House, Gulmohat Cross Rd. No.7, Juhu Scheme, Mumbai - 400 049, Bombay, India
Tel: (9122) 2620 8589 (9122) 2620 8549
Fax: (9122) 2624 8538


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