VIRUS APPREHENSIONS

The coronavirus, first reported in Wuhan in 2019 has quickly spread across the world.

Chinese authorities have locked down many cities in China’s Hubei province, and some international flights to China have been suspended. In January 2019 over 26,000 Chinese visitors came to Sri Lanka. This number is expected to be much lower in 2020.

9%

share of Chinese visitors in the total international tourists arriving in Sri Lanka in 2019.

37%

decline in the number of Chinese intranational travellers to Sri Lanka in 2019 compared to 2018.

Rs5,900

online fee for a dual entry Sri Lanka visa prior to April 2019. Following the Easter Sunday bombings, Sri Lanka offered a fee waiver for online visa applicants from several countries including China. Online visa issuance for Chinese nationals was suspended in January 2020.