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. source: Ceylon Tourist Board

Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka averaged 53458.42 from 1977 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 253169 in December of 2018 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 January of 2021.

Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka is expected to be 0.00 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 42000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals is projected to trend around 44000.00 in 2021 and 250000.00 in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
393.00 0.00 253169.00 0.00 1977 - 2020 Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-10-06 03:00 AM Sep -100% -100% -95%
2020-11-17 12:15 AM Oct -100% -100% -100%
2020-12-04 03:10 AM Nov -100% -100% -100%
2021-01-12 06:30 AM Dec -99.8% -100% -100%


News Stream
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
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Halt for 8th Month
Sri Lanka had no tourists in November of 2020, the same as in the previous seven months, due to the termination of all passenger flight & ship arrivals into Sri Lanka from 18th March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Considering January to November period of 2020, visitors' number tumbled by 69.7 percent to 507,311 with the biggest decline recorded from China (-82.7 percent to 26,147), the UK (-68.8 percent to 55,455), Germany (-71.8 percent to 34,507), India (-70.9 percent to 89,357) and Russia (-28.4 percent to 49,397). Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka with 55.4% of total arrivals from January to November, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 35.7% of total arrivals.
2020-12-04
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Halt for 7th Month
Sri Lanka had no tourists in October of 2020, the same as in the previous six months, due to the termination of all passenger flight & ship arrivals into Sri Lanka from 18th March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Considering January to October period of 2020, visitors' number slumped by 66.1 percent to 507,311 with the biggest decline recorded from China (-80.6 percent to 26,147), the UK (-65.7 percent to 55,455), Germany (-66.1 percent to 34,507), India (-67.5 percent to 89,357) and Russia (-9.3 percent to 49,397). Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka with 55.4% of total arrivals from January to October, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 35.7% of total arrivals.
2020-11-17
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Halt for 6th Month
Sri Lanka had no tourists in September of 2020, the same as in the previous five months, due to the termination of all passenger flight & ship arrivals into Sri Lanka from 18th March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Considering January to September period of 2020, visitors' number slumped by 63.1 percent to 507,311 with the biggest fell recorded from China (-78.8 percent to 26,147), the UK (-63.8 percent to 55,455), Germany (-63.2 percent to 34,507), and India (-63 percent to 89,357). By contrast, visitors from Russia rose 1.4 percent to 49,397. Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka with 55.4% of total arrivals from January to September, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 35.7% of total arrivals.
2020-10-06