Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka reopened for business on 11 May after 52 days of lockdown. Curfew restrictions are still in place in Colombo and Gampaha, but the pandemic has been largely contained in the rest of the country.

Resources for Sri Lanka

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Last updated: 15 Apr 2020
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Supply chain, logistics and freight

Passenger flights and ship services are to recommence operations on 1 June. Sri Lankan airlines also began international cargo flights on 18 May.

The Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka has put in an import e-clearance process from 4 May, and is only accepting electronically submitted import clearance documents and release electronic delivery advice and gate passes.


Starting from April 2020, the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) has introduced a paperless export documentation process for BOI exporters.

Sector insights: tourism and construction

Sri Lanka's tourism industry will be significantly affected. Based on Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority data, tourist arrivals fell by over 30% during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the previous year.

Several high-rise building projects have showed slowdowns, owing to the delay in procurement of materials from China and the complete stoppage of work due to the curfew in March and April.

Sector insights

As is to be expected, numerous sectors have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you'll find information on any COVID-19 effects across important sectors and industries in Sri Lanka.


In an effort to support the healthcare sector during the pandemic, Sri Lanka’s telecom provider Dialog Axiata PLC, Samsung Global and MyDoctor have partnered with the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services (MOH) to support the Government’s eHealth system, which aims to offer free telemedicine services via the MyDoctor app.

Additional resources

Below you can find information and contact details for other New Zealand government and international agencies regarding their response to COVID-19.

New Zealand Government agencies
COVID-19 helpline for businesses
New Zealand Customs
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
New Zealand Export Credit (NZEC)
MFAT Export Helpline
MFAT Safetravel
Callaghan Innovation
Ministry of Health
WorkSafe New Zealand

Global agencies

World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.