Foreign tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka tumbled 93.6 percent year-on-year to 4,581 in March of 2021, reflecting the unprecedented health, social and economic crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka reopened its boarders on 21st January 2021, following a 10-month pandemic-induced closure since 18th March 2020. Kazakhstan was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 33.0 percent of the total traffic, followed by Germany (11.0 %), the UK (6.9%), Ukraine (6.3%), and China (4.9%). Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka with 76.1 percent of total arrivals in February, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 13.9 percent of total arrivals. Considering the first three months of the year, the number of foreign tourist arrivals slumped by 98.1 percent year-on-year to 9,629. source: Ceylon Tourist Board

Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka averaged 53316.63 from 1977 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 507311 in March of 2021 and a record low of 0 in April of 2020. This page provides - Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2021.

Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka is expected to be 10000.00 by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka to stand at 100000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals is projected to trend around 250000.00 in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4581.00 3366.00 253169.00 0.00 1977 - 2021 Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-01-12 06:30 AM Dec -99.8% -100% -100%
2021-02-04 02:25 AM Jan -99.3% -99.8% -95%
2021-03-04 01:40 AM Feb -98.4% -99.3% -97%
2021-04-05 01:50 AM Mar -93.6% -98.4%


News Stream
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Plunge 93.6% in March
Foreign tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka tumbled 93.6 percent year-on-year to 4,581 in March of 2021, reflecting the unprecedented health, social and economic crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka reopened its boarders on 21st January 2021, following a 10-month pandemic-induced closure since 18th March 2020. Kazakhstan was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 33.0 percent of the total traffic, followed by Germany (11.0 %), the UK (6.9%), Ukraine (6.3%), and China (4.9%). Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka with 76.1 percent of total arrivals in February, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 13.9 percent of total arrivals. Considering the first three months of the year, the number of foreign tourist arrivals slumped by 98.1 percent year-on-year to 9,629.
2021-04-05
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Slump 98.4% in February
Foreign tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka plunged 98.4 percent year-on-year to 3,366 in February of 2021. Sri Lanka reopened its boarders on 21st January 2021, following a 10-month pandemic-induced closure since 18th March 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Kazakhstan was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 36.6 percent of the total traffic, followed by Ukraine (25.1 %), Germany (7.3%), Russia (3.5%), and China (3.5%). Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka with 85.7 percent of total arrivals in February, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 8.9 percent of total arrivals. Considering the first two months of the year, the number of foreign tourist arrivals tumbled by 98.8 percent year-on-year to 5,048.
2021-03-04
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Slump 99.3% in January
Foreign tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka tumbled 99.3 percent year-on-year to 1,682 in January of 2021. Sri Lanka reopened its boarders on 21st January 2021, following a 10-month pandemic-induced closure since 18th March 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ukraine was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 86.8 percent of the total traffic, followed by Belarus (1.8 %), China (1.6%), Russia (1.2%), and Germany (1.1%). Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka with 93.6 percent of total arrivals in January, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 4.8 percent of total arrivals.
2021-02-04
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Plunge 99.8% in December
Foreign tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka slumped 99.8 percent year-on-year to 393 in December of 2020. No tourist arrivals have been recorded since April to 27th December due to the termination of all passenger flight & ship arrivals into Sri Lanka from 18th March 2020, following a nine-month travel ban imposed, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Considering the full year of 2020, visitors' number tumbled by 73.5 percent to 507,704 with the biggest decline recorded from India (-74.8 percent to 89,357), the UK (-72.1 percent to 55,455), Russia (-42.9 percent to 49,397), Germany (-74.4 percent to 34,507) and China (-84.4 percent to 26,147). Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka with 55.5 percent of total arrivals in 2020, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 35.7 percent of total arrivals.
2021-01-12