Visiting Parliament



General Details

Any Member of the Public may visit the public galleries of Parliament either as a group or individually on any sitting or non-sitting day. Visits are arranged for 30 (Thirty) minutes duration between 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on non-sitting days and till the end of the sessions on any sitting day.


Time of Sittings

Unless Parliament otherwise decides, Parliament shall meet in two alternate weeks in each month commencing after the first Sunday of each month and shall sit on the Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays of the first and third of such weeks. Parliament does not ordinarily sit on Saturdays and Sundays and other holidays and the sittings of Parliament are usually held from 1.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 10.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. On some days the sittings might be extended beyond 7.30 p.m. During the budget period, generally, the allotted hours of sittings shall be 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. and may subject to change from time to time.


Permission to visit Galleries

In order to visit the Public Galleries, permission needs to be obtained from the Serjeant-at-Arms. Such a request may be made by contacting the Parliament directly or by completing and forwarding an Inquiry Form. In your inquiry you would have to furnish the following details;


1. Full Names & addresses of the visitors
2. National Identity Card (NIC) Numbers of the visitors
3. Date and Time of Visit
4. Purpose of Visit:
5. Your Contact details

Once your details have been processed the Serjeant-at-Arms would contact you to confirm your request and in turn would issue the pass to enter the Parliamentary Complex.

Last Updated on 19-06-2018

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