Sri Lanka

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka's GDP is estimated to contract by 5.8% in 2020, its steepest contraction to date.

The Sri Lankan Government has decided to indefinitely push back the reopening of Bandaranaike International Airport for incoming leisure and business travellers. The authorities had earlier postponed reopening until the end of September.

75 percent of travellers who took part in a recent survey carried out by Sri Lankan Airlines indicated that they feel optimistic that once COVID-related government restrictions are lifted, travel will pick up again.

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.


To protect the interests of local potato farmers, Sri Lanka's government has lifted its tax on imported potatoes to 55 rupees per kilogramme, effective for four months from August. The tax will be charged as a special commodity levy para-tariff. Actions have also been taken to protect onion farmers.

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.