Welcome to Sri Lanka. The country formerly known as Ceylon is located in the Southern Indian Ocean. This tropical island is home to ancient civilisation and a mix of cultures. With strong encouragement of foreign investment, and the Government’s determined focus on building the country’s infrastructure, there are great opportunities for New Zealand businesses.
If you’d like to find out more about this exciting emerging market, download our Sri Lanka market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 29th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||110 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||95 of 176|
Getting to Sri LankaFlying from New Zealand to Sri Lanka means at least one stopover. Air New Zealand, Emirates, China Eastern Airlines and their respective code share partners all offer non-direct flights. Depending on the stopover destination and waiting time, flight time is at least 16 hours.
When to visit
The monsoons in Sri Lanka can make travel around the country difficult from December to March, and again from June to October. The country is also rich in religious and cultural festivals with many businesses closing over these periods to celebrate. Given this, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with Sri Lanka’s national holidays.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Sri Lanka.
It’s important to be aware of the cultural differences when visiting Sri Lanka. For example, having one side of the business card in one of the two Sri Lankan national languages (Sinhalese and Tamil) is not necessary, but it is a nice touch. It’s also recommended you present your business card with two hands.
Download our guide on this page for more cultural tips.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Sri Lanka
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Sri Lanka, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with Sri Lanka
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Sri Lanka, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Sri Lanka page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.