Sri Lanka had no tourists in April of 2020 due to the suspension of all passenger flight & ship arrivals from 18th March 2020 amid the coronavirus crisis. It compares with a 70.8 percent slump to 71,370 in the previous month. Considering January to April period of 2020, visitors' number plunged by 44.1 percent to 507,311 with the biggest drop reported from from China (-71.7 percent to 26,147), France (-52.5 percent to 24,838), the UK (-49.7 percent to 55,455), Germany (-48 percent to 34,507) and India (-31.6 percent to 89,357).

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 June of 2020. source: Ceylon Tourist Board

Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka is expected to be 83000.00 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 230000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals is projected to trend around 240000.00 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
0.00 71370.00 253169.00 0.00 1977 - 2020 Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-02-11 04:30 AM Jan -6.5% -4.5% -5.5%
2020-03-06 06:30 AM Feb -17.7% -6.5% -2.5%
2020-04-17 04:15 AM Mar -70.8% -17.7% -7.9%
2020-05-11 11:30 AM Apr -100% -70.8% -57%


News Stream
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Halt in April
Sri Lanka had no tourists in April of 2020 due to the suspension of all passenger flight & ship arrivals from 18th March 2020 amid the coronavirus crisis. It compares with a 70.8 percent slump to 71,370 in the previous month. Considering January to April period of 2020, visitors' number plunged by 44.1 percent to 507,311 with the biggest drop reported from from China (-71.7 percent to 26,147), France (-52.5 percent to 24,838), the UK (-49.7 percent to 55,455), Germany (-48 percent to 34,507) and India (-31.6 percent to 89,357).
2020-05-11
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Fall the Most in 10 Months
The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka tumbled 70.8 percent year-on-year to 71,370 in March 2020, after a 17.7 percent drop in the previous month. It was the 12th consecutive monthly fall in tourist arrivals, and the steepest drop since May last year, following the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourist to Sri Lanka with 60% of total arrivals, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 34% of total arrivals. Among major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, the number of visitors fell the most from the China (-92.9% to 1,638), the UK (-73.2% to 7,969), Germany (-63.6% to 6,608), France (-70.9% to 4,056), and India (-63.8% to 12,600). Considering the first three months of the year, the visitor plunged 31.5% from the same period 2019.
2020-04-17
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Fall the Most in 4 Months
The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka plunged 17.7 percent year-on-year to 207,507 in February 2020, after a 6.5 percent drop in the previous month. It was the eleventh consecutive monthly fall in tourist arrivals, and the steepest drop since October last year, following attacks in the Indian Ocean Island on Easter Sunday and the COVID-19 outbreak. Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourist to Sri Lanka with 60.1% of total arrivals, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 31.2% of total arrivals. Among major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, the number of visitors fell the most from the China (-92.5% to 2,096), the UK (-11.4% to 26,348), Germany (-5% to 16,405) and France (-33.9% to 11,430). China has been dropped from the top ten tourist generating market of Sri Lanka for first time since 2012. Considering the first two months of the year, the visitor tumbled 12.2% from the same period 2019.
2020-03-06
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Fall 6.5% in January
The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka dropped 6.5 percent year-on-year to 228,434 in January 2020, after a 4.5 percent drop in the previous month. It was the tenth consecutive monthly fall in tourist arrivals, following attacks in the Indian Ocean Island on Easter Sunday. Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourist to Sri Lanka with 50 percent of total arrivals, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 40 percent of total arrivals. Among major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, the number of visitors fell the most from the China (-15.3 percent to 22,363), the UK (-18.8 percent to 21,138), Germany (-18.1 percent to 11,494) and Australia (-21.7 percent to 8,115). Since the Easter Sunday attacks, the number of foreign visitors has fallen to the lowest level since the end of the country's civil war a decade ago.
2020-02-11