PASSPORT (REGULATION) AND EXIT PERMIT ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. This Act to prevail over other written law.

PART I

PASSPORTS AND EMERGENCY CERTIFICATES

3. Discretion of competent authority to issue passports and emergency.

4. Cancellation, suspension restriction of validity of emergency certificate.

5. Period of validity of passports and emergency certificates.

6. Issue of diplomatic passports and their period of validity.

7. Countries which may be visited on passports and emergency certificates.

8. Restriction on number of journeys.

9. Fees for the issue and renewal of passports, diplomatic passports and emergency certificates.

PART II

EXIT PERMITS

10. Exit permits.

11. Prohibition of the sale or issue of tickets for travel out of Sri Lanka, without exit permits.

12. Issue of exit permits to persons seeking employment abroad.

13. Restriction of passport where exit permit is issued.

PART III

IMPOSITION OF CONDITIONS ON HOLDERS OF PASSPORTS, EMERGENCY CERTIFICATES AND EXIT PERMITS, WHEN LEAVING SRI LANKA

14. Agreement to remit foreign exchange to Sri Lanka by persons leaving Sri Lanka.

PART IV

PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO CITIZENS OF SRI LANKA IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES

15. Terms applicable to passports and emergency certificates of citizens of Sri Lanka in foreign countries.

PART V

GENERAL

16. Power of the Minister to issue directions.

17. Refusal or cancellation of passport, emergency certificate.

18. Offences.

19. Prosecutions.

20. Compounding of offences.

21. Regulations.

22. Interpretation.

53 of 1971,

1 of 1980.

AN ACT to provide for the regulation and control of the issue and renewal of Passports; for the issue of Exit Permits to citizens of Sri Lanka; to impose an obligation on citizens of Sri Lanka employed abroad to remit a part of their earnings in foreign exchange to Sri Lanka; and to provide for all matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 17th December, 1971]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Passport (Regulation) and Exit Permit Act.

2. This Act to prevail over other written law.

The provisions of this Act shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, the provisions of any other written law:

Provided however that, in the event of any inconsistency or conflict between the provisions of this Act and the provisions of any other written law, the provisions of this Act shall to the extent, and to the extent only, of such inconsistency or conflict, prevail over the provisions of such other written law.

PART I

PASSPORTS AND EMERGENCY CERTIFICATES

3. Discretion of competent authority to issue passports and emergency.

It shall be in the discretion of the competent authority to issue or renew a passport or emergency certificate or to refuse to issue or renew a passport or emergency certificate, and no such refusal to issue or renew a passport or emergency certificate shall be called in question in any court of law or tribunal by way of writ or otherwise:

Provided, however, that any person aggrieved by the decision of the competent authority shall be entitled to appeal to the Minister.

4. Cancellation, suspension restriction of validity of emergency certificate.

(1) It shall be deemed to be a condition of the issue or renewal of any passport or emergency certificate that the competent authority may, at any time and passport or in his discretion—

(a) cancel or suspend such passport or emergency certificate; or

(b) restrict the validity of such passport or emergency certificate as regards its duration or as regards the countries of travel.

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