Update as of 29 October 2020

Due to the prevalent curfew, we will be closed for face to face operations on Saturday 31 October 2020.

However, our call centre will operate remotely and you may contact 0761705478 for enquiries. 
E-mails and Facebook channels will also function remotely from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Any exams and classes will be functioning as scheduled and communicated previously.

As a global organisation, we connect with 80 million people in 100 countries through activities including arts programmes, English language teaching, and exams.

The health of our colleagues, students and customers is our priority throughout this rapidly evolving situation. We are following local government and health authority guidance in this regard.

Customer Services

The British Council Sri Lanka Customer Services will now be open for a limited number of customers for selected services through prior appointment. Please book your appointment by clicking here. We will be open Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


All exams (including Cambridge and Edexcel) will be held as planned and registered candidates will be informed via email/SMS if there are any new updates.  

Teaching centre 

As a result of the current situation and in line with government directives, our Teaching Centres will be closed for face-to-face classes until further notice. All classes will be held online. We recommend that you contact customer services for further details of the classes available. 


The libraries in Colombo and Kandy will remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice. The library in Jaffna is open for members. Library members in all centres now have the facility to borrow books by placing an online order. You may also renew your membership online

You can sign-up for an online membership and gain access to a wide collection of books, journals and movies and movies.     


Most of our events will be delivered online and can be viewed through our website and Facebook events

We remain committed to ensuring people all over the world can connect through English language and culture. In the coming weeks that is likely to be predominantly on digital platforms. 

We offer a large number of online resources which you can use, to learn English and to prepare for your exams and access our digital libraries.

For enquiries please call us on 0117521521, e-mail us at info.lk@britishcouncil.org or message us via Facebook.