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Sri Lankans who are to marry foreign nationals should obtain clearance from Ministry of Defence

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Sri Lankans who wish to marry a foreign national have to obtain clearance from Ministry of Defence, according to a new circular issued by the Registrar General’s Department.

According to Sunday Times, the couple has to wait for ‘security clearance’ from the Defence Ministry before proceeding to the registration of the marriage.

Moreover, they have to submit self-declared health declarations detailing the medical history, chronic diseases and whether they contracted COVID-19 or received the vaccination.

They also would need to declare that they were aware of the requirement to bear all the expenses related to medical management if they were diagnosed with any medical condition.

Speaking to Sunday Times, Registrar General W.M.M.B. Weerasekara had said that this is to ensure national security.

“We have seen some foreigners wanting to marry Sri Lankans here with ulterior motives like engaging in drug trafficking and money laundering. We want to make sure those foreigners who want to marry locals here are not involved in such activities,” Weerasekara said, according to Sunday Times.

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