Director General of Health Services of Sri Lanka has issued new guidelines on 25 October 2021 on quarantine measures for travellers arriving in Sri Lanka during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Detailed information on the new quarantine measures effective from 26 October 2021 is available in the Health Ministry Circular dated 25 October 2021.
Moreover, the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka has resumed the issuance of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for fully vaccinated travellers. Fully vaccinated travellers to Sri Lanka can obtain ETAs via the link https://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa.
H.E. the Ambassador met with Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, the 6th President of the Qatar University on 17 November 2021 and had a productive discussion on the collaboration between the two countries in the field of Higher Education and the potential ways and means to further enhance it.
Sri Lanka makes a remarkable presence at the Hospitality Qatar – 2021 in Doha
Sri Lanka made a remarkable presence at the “Destination Pavilion” at Hospitality Qatar 2021 which was held at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre from 08th – 11th November 2021. Hospitality Qatar is, Qatar’s premier International Hospitality and HORECA show.
The “Destination Pavilion”, sponsored by Qatar Airways, was opened to visitors and participants. This was first launched in 2019 and the pavilion served as a designated platform for participating countries, international tourism promotion boards and travel agencies to introduce their tourist attractions, programs and promote their country as an ideal travel destination.
H.E. Sultan bin Rashid Al- Khater, the Undersecretary of the Minister of Commerce and Industry officially inaugurated the event in the presence of H.E. Akbar Al Baker, Chairman of the Qatar Tourism and Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways and other officials.
Sri Lankan Embassy participated at this show for the second time. The Embassy in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Sri Lanka Tea Board participated at the show promoting Sri Lanka as a vibrant and a unique travel destination. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the State of Qatar H.E. Mafaz Mohideen including ambassadors of the participating countries and few Sri Lankan community leaders were present at the launch of the Sri Lanka pavilion at Hospitality Qatar which was filled with vibrance and culture along with the essence of Sri Lanka.
The main objective of the participation at this event was to attract the participants as individuals and tour operators to Sri Lanka as a beloved travel destination with world class wellness resorts, luxury and historical and contemporary wonders, blessed with nature and rich culture.
A large number of travellers and travel operators visited the Sri Lanka pavilion. The traditional Sri Lankan dances which glamoured the event were performed by the students of the Stafford Sri Lanka School Doha.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
H.E. the Ambassador visited the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Qatar today and signed the Condolence Book opened in the Embassy on the demise of H.E. Roh Tae-Woo, former South Korean President. H.E. the Ambassador had a fruitful discussion with Korean Ambassador H.E. Joon Ho Lee to strengthen the long standing bilateral relations between Korea and Sri Lanka.
Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabral and the accompanied Sri Lanka delegation visited the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) during 20-22 October 2021
A Sri Lankan delegation headed by State Minister Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasooriya and State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Priyankara Jayarathna visited the State of Qatar from 11-15 October 2021
Ambassador H.E. M. Mafaz Mohideen called on H.E. Prof. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, the General Manager of Katara Cultural Village. The discussion focused on the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the State of Qatar and the ways and means to enhance the Cultural ties between the two nations.
18 Sri Lankans evacuated from Kabul to Doha, were repatriated to Sri Lanka last night. The Embassy provided consular & logistics assistance to ensure their safe return. We extend our sincere appreciation to the concerned Qatar authorities for their invaluable assistance towards this endeavor.
STRENGTHENING QATAR & SRI LANKA ECONOMIC COOPERATION
The Embassy facilitated a virtual meeting between Hon. Tharaka Balasuriya, State Minister of Regional Cooperation and H.E. Ali Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Minister of Trade and Industry and the Actg. Minister of Finance of the State of Qatar on 16 August 2021. The discussion focused on reviving bilateral relations between the two countries and aspects of cooperation, especially in the commercial, investment and industrial fields as well as the ways and means to enhance and develop them.
H.E. the Ambassador called on H.E. Alan L. Timbayan, Ambassador of The Philippines
Ambassador H.E. M. Mafaz Mohideen called on H.E. Alan L. Timbayan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the State of Qatar on 11 August 2021 and had a fruitful discussion on common interests related to the Labour matters and reviewed the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
Sri Lankan Embassy in Doha, facilitates the donation of 85 Oxygen Cylinders to Sri Lanka
With a view to ameliorating the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Doha donated 85 Medical Oxygen Cylinders to the health sector. This was the fourth air shipment of medical assistance facilitated by the Embassy.
The consignment of Oxygen Cylinders were delivered to the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, and are expected to be distributed among the Government hospitals to reinforce the capacity of the health sector.
The Sri Lankan expatriate community based in Doha along with other well-wishers came into the forefront of assistance and made this generous donation. This initiative was mooted after an urgent request made by H.E. M. Mafaz Mohideen, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the State of Qatar regarding the country’s critical condition.
In this context, over 20 Sri Lankan formal and informal Associations based in Doha as well some of local well-wishers like LULU Group and Watad Group of Qatar came to the forefront to render their support for Sri Lankan citizens, under the guidance of the Sri Lankan Embassy.
With their fruitful efforts, the Embassy was able to deliver altogether 460 Oxygen Cylinders, 22 Pulse Oximeters and 10 Oxygen Regulators to the Sri Lankan health sector and QAR.5000/- to the “ITUKAMA –COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund”.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Doha wishes to express sincere appreciation to all the donors who contributed to help the fellow Sri Lankans at this hour of need, Sri Lankan Airlines, who rendered a commendable assistance to airlift the cargo on gratis basis, Foreign Ministry Sri Lanka, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka for the excellent support given towards this noble cause.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
19 July 2021
Ambassador H.E. Mafaz Mohideen meets Korean Ambassador in Qatar
Ambassador H.E. M. Mafaz Mohideen met with H.E. Joon Ho Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the State of Qatar on 11 July 2021, and had a fruitful discussion on the ways and means to further strengthen the longstanding friendly bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Korea.
Sri Lankan Ambassador meets the US Charge d' Affaires in Doha
H.E. M. Mafaz Mohideen, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the State of Qatar met with Ambassador John P. Desrocher, Charge d Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Qatar on 01 July 2021.
During the meeting they reviewed the necessity of further enhancing the relations between the two countries.
Sri Lankan Embassy in Doha facilitates the donation of 100 Oxygen Cylinders to Sri Lanka
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Doha facilitated the third air shipment of 100 Medical Oxygen Cylinders with the capacity of 50 Litres each, to the Government of Sri Lanka, further strengthening its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation was made by well-wishers upon the urgent request made by H.E. M. Mafaz Mohideen, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the State of Qatar.
The SriLankan Airlines airlifted the consignment on Free of Charge basis. The consignment of Oxygen Cylinders were delivered to the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, and are expected to be distributed among the Government hospitals to enhance the capacity of the health sector.
The Sri Lankan Embassy further wishes to continue this initiative extending its fullest cooperation to the Sri Lankan Government contain the spread of COVID-19.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
29 June 2021
Furthering cooperation in the field of sports between Sri Lanka and Qatar
The Embassy facilitated a telephone call between Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth and Sports and H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports of Qatar on 17 June 2021. The discussion focused on furthering bilateral relations between the two countries and strengthening their cooperation in the field of Sports.
Donation of another 125 Oxygen Cylinders and 10 Oxygen Regulators from Doha-Qatar to reinforce the Health Sector in Sri Lanka
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Doha facilitated the second air shipment of 125 Oxygen Cylinders and 10 Oxygen Regulators to the Government of Sri Lanka, in view of strengthening the capacity of the health sector to overcome from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon the request made by H.E. M. Mafaz Mohideen, Ambassador of Sri Lanka regarding the country’s critical situation, the Sri Lankan expatriate community, well-wishers and Watad Group Enterprises in Doha donated these medical equipment.
The consignment of Oxygen Cylinders and Oxygen regulators were delivered to Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, and are expected to be distributed among Government hospitals to address the medical emergencies during the pandemic.
As yet, the Embassy has successfully facilitated the supply of 275 Oxygen Cylinders, 22 Pulse Oximeters and 10 Oxygen Regulators to the Sri Lankan Health sector and wishes to move ahead.
The Embassy wishes to thank SriLankan Airlines for airlifting the cargo on gratis basis on the request of H. E. the Ambassador.
The Sri Lankan Embassy extends its sincere appreciation to the Sri Lankan expatriate community, Affiliated Associations and well-wishers for their invaluable assistance and contribution towards this endeavour.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
14 June 2021
Sri Lanka Embassy in Doha facilitates the first shipment of 150 Oxygen Cylinders and Pulse Oximeters to Sri Lanka
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Doha facilitated the first air shipment of 150 Oxygen Cylinders and 22 Pulse Oximeters to the Government of Sri Lanka, helping its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation was made by the Sri Lankan expatriate community, well-wishers and LuLu Group International in Doha as a result of an urgent request made by H.E. M. Mafaz Mohideen, Ambassador of Sri Lanka regarding the dramatic increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths amid the current wave in the country and the shortage of medical equipment for more critical cases.
The Embassy facilitated the sending of the consignment of 150 Oxygen Cylinders to Sri Lanka. SriLankan Airlines airlifted the cargo on gratis basis at the request of the Embassy. The Embassy wishes to express sincere appreciation to the donors who took a lead in this initiative.
The Embassy also wishes to thank the Chairman of SriLankan Airlines Mr. Ashok Pathirage, Country Manager, SriLankan Airlines Mr. Thusitha Wickramasinghe, for the excellent support extended towards this noble cause.
The consignment of Cylinders and Pulse Oximeters were delivered to Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, and are expected to be distributed among Government hospitals to reinforce the capacity of the health sector ensuring that Sri Lanka to overcome from this critical situation.
The Embassy continues to facilitate the supply of medical equipment for the Government of Sri Lanka during this crucial time.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
07 June 2021
Meeting between H.E. the Ambassador, Mohamed Mafaz Mohideen and H.E. Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) on 01 June 2021
Both parties discussed on the chances of humanitarian cooperation between QRCS and Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, giving a special focus to address the gaps in medical equipment, medications, and other supplies immediately.
Nalanda College Old Boy's Association in Qatar donated 22 Fingertip Pulse Oximeters for the requirement of the Government hospitals to reinforce the capacity of the Health sector in Sri Lanka on 24 May 2021.
Sri Lanka Embassy thank Nalanda College Old Boy's Association in Qatar who made this generous contribution.
CEYLON TEA Celebrates International Tea Day 2021!!!
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International Tea Day is a United Nations observance celebrated annually on May 21 to express the economical, biological and physical benefits of tea.
The key goal of International Tea Day is to raise public awareness of the importance of tea for sustainable livelihoods and rural development, as well as the challenges that the tea industry has to
face, such as climate change. The observance also aims to popularize tea drinking around the world in order to expand demand and increase tea consumption.
SRI LANKA INVESTMENT FORUM - 2021, 7-9 JUNE
Sri Lanka seeks to diversify ties with Qatar in next five years: Hon. State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal
Embassy of Sri Lanka in Qatar participated in AgriteQ 2021 exhibition held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC)from 23-27 March 2021
Ambassador M. Mafaz Mohideen Presents Credentials to Emir of the State of Qatar
The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the State of Qatar, M. Mafaz Mohideen presented Letters of Credence to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar on Sunday 14 March 2021 at Amiri Diwan in Doha-Qatar.
The Credentials ceremony entailed a Guard of Honour and the playing of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka. The Guard of Honour was followed by the presentation of Credentials and a courtesy call on the Emir. While welcoming the Ambassador, Emir wished him success in his assignment and warmly recalled the cordial bilateral relations between the State of Qatar and Sri Lanka.
Ambassador Mohideen conveyed warm greetings and appreciations from His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and expressed his keen interest of further enhancing and strengthening the friendly bonds particularly in the areas of trade and investment to new heights, during his tenure of duty.
Ambassador Mohideen holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Imperial College, London.
Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the State of Qatar, he served as the Head of Technology & Operations, Eclipse in Capital Partners London and has held a number of key Senior Management positions in Standard Chartered Bank PLC, both in Dubai and London.
Ambassador Mohideen is married with two kids.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
14 March 2021
Foreign Secretary Colambage interviewed on "Talk to Al Jazeera"
Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage appeared in a special interview on “Talk to Al Jazeera” today, 6 March 2021.
The interview may be viewed at the following link: