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Translation and legalization of documents

SERVICE OF LEGALISATION OF DOCUMENTS

The Embassy of Italy in Colombo, while recalling that Sri Lanka has not yet adopted the Hague Convention of 1961, which replaces legalization with the Apostille, informs that, due to the situation of civil status registries and the frequency of document forgeries in Sri Lanka, as well as the very high number of requests for legalization, the service of legalization of documents issued by the Sri Lankan Authorities will only be carried out in observance of the procedure outlined below, in accordance with the provisions of art. 63, paragraph 2 of Legislative Decree 71/2011 and art. 33 of Presidential Decree 445/2000.

Until 31st May 2024 the applications for legalization should be submitted to Forsiter Global Services. Further information are available on the website https://www.forsiter.com. The procedure of verification, translation and legalization of all requests accepted by Forsiter until this date will be completed by Forsiter.

Starting from 1st June 2024 applications for legalization should be submitted to the offices of VFS Global in Colombo: Italian Legalization Application Centre – Colombo, Sri Lanka, Address: c/o Italian Visa Application Centre in Sri Lanka, First Floor, No 464, Galle Road Colombo 03.

To download the forms needed to start the Translation and Verification procedure, please visit the following site: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/lka/en/ita/Legalisation  

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE FULLY OPERATIONAL FOR THE SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS FOR LEGALIZATION ONLY FROM 17 JUNE 2024. WE ARE SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

Documents to be legalized must be submitted in original, and will then be forwarded to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for translation into Italian language and verification of authenticity.

When submitting the documents, the interested parties will sign the forms for the request of the verification and translation service by IOM and the application for legalization by the Embassy. At this time, both the service fees and the consular fees due for the legalization and certification of conformity of the translation to the originals of the foreign documents must be paid.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DOCUMENTS WILL ONLY BE FORWARDED TO THE EMBASSY ONLY AFTER THE TRANSLATION AND VERIFICATION PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. VFS GLOBAL WILL UPDATE THE APPLICANTS REGARDING THE STATUS OF THEIR APPLICATION.

Once the legalization and authentication of the translation has been completed, the Embassy will return the completed document to VFS, which will send it to the user by courier.

Please note that translations into Italian will be provided exclusively by IOM. Translations made by any other Office or translator, including the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Italy, will NOT be accepted.

Users are invited to refrain from visiting the Embassy (no walk-ins) and from sending e-mails for requests for information, updates on the status of applications or reminders, since the entire procedure involves times and procedures that cannot be changed for any reason and do NOT depend on the activities of the Italian Embassy in Colombo but on external partners, as well as on the Sri Lankan authorities themselves. The Embassy recommends avoiding unnecessary recourse to service agencies or intermediaries and to report – to the email address consolare.ambcolombo@esteri.it – any improper request for sums of money from third parties.

PLEASE NOTE: in cases where legalization is required prior to the submission of a visa application, please ensure that you request and obtain an appointment for the submission of the visa application (see the ‘visa’ page) within the six-month deadline of the ‘nulla osta’, even if the legalization process has not yet been completed due to the extended timeframe of the IOM verification. In this case, when submitting the visa application to VFS, it is necessary to submit a receipt proving that the legalization process has been started. In this way, the Embassy will be able to interrupt the period of validity of the nulla osta and prevent it from expiring.