Introduction of Biometrics Consular Services

Introduction of Biometrics


High Commission of India, Colombo has introduced mandatory Biometrics for all Visa categories effective 1st May 2018. 

All Applicants are requested to present at the time of submission of Visa Application at Visa Application Center for capturing of Biometrics. 

Biometric data consists of 10 finger prints collected via a 4+4+2 scanner and photo captured by special facial cameras. As per the approved scheme, Biometrics traits (Fingerprints and facial) of the Visa applicants (persons below age 12 years or above 70 years is exempted) will be captured at the time of submission of visa application.  

Biometric data collection

Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.

Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken. This means that you cannot:

Have hair that covers the eyes

Wear a hat or scarf or any other item that obscures the face, hair or neck (with the exception of religious head coverings detailed below:

If you wear a head or neck covering for religious reasons you must ensure your face is clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to above your eyebrows including both cheeks. If possible both ears should also be displayed. You may also need to remove your glasses when the photograph is taken.

If you have cut or damaged your fingertips, you should try to apply for your visa once the injury has healed.

Henna / Mehndi on fingertips may also mean we are unable to get a clear scanned image; hence this should be removed or allowed to fade before you apply.

If you refuse to submit your biometrics and you are not subject to any exception according to GOI regulation (being under 12 years of age, being Head of State, etc.), your visa application will not be accepted.

Applicants who are under 12 years of age, and above 70 years of Age, persons incapable of providing consent, or those physically unable to provide a fingerprint scan, will only need to provide a facial photograph.

Introduction of Biometrics