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Working Hours : 0900 - 1730 hrs (Monday-Friday)
Welcome to the Assistant High Commission of India, Kandy

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General

The Assistant High Commission of India in Kandy was established in 1923 as the Office of the Agent of the Government of India with the objective of looking after the welfare of the Indian labours who were brought by British to work at the tea, coffee and rubber plantations set up in upcountry region. The consular jurisdiction of the AHCI, Kandy extends to Central Province (Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale Districts), Sabaragamuwa Province (Ratnapura and Kegalle Districts), Uva Province (Badulla District) and North Western Province (Kurunegala District).

There is no other foreign Diplomatic Post in Kandy. British Council and Alliance Francaise have branches in Kandy. Kandy is 115 Kms from Colombo.

There are about one million persons of Indian origin in the jurisdiction of AHCI, Kandy. Most of them are still working in plantations. Some are traders and teachers. A few have progressed to set up manufacturing units and large business houses. According to rough estimates, the persons of Indian origin, commonly called Indian Tamils constitute 7% of Sri Lankan population and a majority of them are residing in the consular jurisdiction of AHCI, Kandy. Approximately 4064 OCI cards have been granted to persons of Indian origin by AHCI Kandy. AHCI, Kandy issues about 100 visas every day on an average.

Visas & other Consular Services

Visa applications except those in respect of diplomatic passport holders, urgent / emergency cases, members of Provincial Council and for citizens (including dual nationals) of Bangladesh, China, Israel, South Africa and Nigeria are to be submitted at India Visa Application Centre.

The Indian Visa Application Centre is located at:
675, Wiiliam Gopallawa Mawatha
Kandy
Telephone: 081-2217404
(If approaching from Kandy side, it is next to Amaya Channeling Centre)

Visa applications are accepted from 0830 to 1400 hrs on all working days.

Please refer to relevant link on main page of the website www.ahcikandy.org or www.vfs-in-lk.com for more details on visa services.

In case of urgency beyond public hours or on a holiday concerning medical emergency or bereavement in the family, please contact: 081-2222652/2223786. Kindly understand that issue of visa or grant of any service beyond office hours or on a holiday is at the discretion of officer on duty who may satisfy himself/herself of grounds on which an emergency service has been sought. Extra levies apply.

Applications for India passports, miscellaneous consular services, permission for re-entry into India on a valid visa and those for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are accepted at the AHCI, Kandy only.

  • Acceptance of Consular applications - 9.00 to 11.00am
  • Issuing of OCI cards/Indian Passports/other Consular documents-2.00 - 4.30pm

Culture & Education

There is a well-stocked library with good collection in English and a small collection in Hindi with a reading room in Chancery, which are both open to public on Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.30pm. Also ‘India Perspectives’ a magazine issue by MEA, Government of India is available at the library in English, Tamil and Sinhala languages. 

Bharatiya Kala Kendra (BKK) of AHCI, Kandy offers Hindi language, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Tabla, Miruthangam, Carnatic vocal music and Yoga.  Hindi language classes are organized on all 7 days, starting from last week of February every year until January the succeeding year. Separate batches are run for first 4 levels (out of 8) of proficiency in Hindi; curriculum of Dakshin Bharatiya Hindi Prachar Sabha is followed. The examination will be held for Hindi students in February, and applications for the examination will be issued in mid of November every year. BKK is affiliated to Bhathkande Sangith Vidyapit, Lucknow to conduct examinations in December, and applications for the examination will be issued in August every year. Yoga class will be conducted on every Thursdays at 5 – 6.30pm by a talented and committed Yoga Guru at BKK auditorium.   

Above 6 years of age can enroll for the all classes mentioned above for which only a nominal fee is charged. Please visit our website on http://www.ahcikandy.org/pages.php?id=140 to get more details on Bharatiya Kala Kendra and if you wish to receive information/invitations on cultural programmes held under aegis of AHCI, Kandy, please register your address with us at Email: ahciisi@sltnet.lk for inclusion in our mailing list.

Scholarship:

The Government of India offers a number of scholarships every year to Sri Lankan students, who wish to pursue under-graduate and post-graduate courses in various disciplines in Indian institutions, excluding medicine. Scholarships are also provided to Sri Lankan students for learning Hindi language at the Central Institute of Hindi, Agra and Indian traditional dances and music through Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.

Under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC), training in India is provided to Sri Lankan candidates from Government, Semi-Government & Private Sectors in various fields.

If you wish to receive further details please visit our websites www.itec.mea.gov.in / http://www.ahcikandy.org/pages.php?id=135  or feel free to contact on T.P.081-2228512 / 2234545 or Email: ahciknd@sltnet.lk.

Also you can visit our following Facebook pages to get more details of the Assistant High Commission of India, Kandy and Bharatiya Kala Kendra.

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