Sri Lankans applying for passports will have to provide their biometric data or fingerprints from Monday.
The Cabinet of Ministers had approved this regulation in 2013 but the implementation of this had been delayed due to various reasons, according to the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
The passport applicants will have to call over at the Immigration and Emigration head office in Colombo 08 to provide their fingerprints.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said in a recent statement: “As globalisation has led to large-scale migration, biometrics has become the standard for identity management. High standards at borders are vital to prevent cases of trafficking, smuggling, and other attempts at exploitation.”