Doing business

Current business situation

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Sri Lanka. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

Business culture

Business tips

Business cards are exchanged at both business meetings and social occasions.

Sri Lankans are courteous and hospitable and guests are frequently invited to the homes of business acquaintances – even after the first meeting. Though appointments and meetings may have been confirmed in advance, punctuality is not strictly observed.

Although office attire is formal in Sri Lanka, jackets for men may not be required for business meetings unless the meeting is with a government minister or the chairman of a state institution or private sector company. Dress for most social occasions is casual unless formal attire has been specified.

Links and resources

Government, business and trade

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Board of Investment (BOI)

News and media

Daily Mirror
Times Online
Daily News

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