Air Passengers

It is prohibited to bring any plant and plant products to Sri Lanka without prior permission. Violation of this is a punishable offence under Plant Protection Act No 35 of 1999.

On arrival you must declare all the plants and plant products you bring on Custom declaration form and inform the Plant Quarantine Officer at the Arrival Terminal of Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake ( for further information, contact: Passnger Terminal – 011-2264568)

If you bring any plants or unprocessed plant products with a valid import permit issued by National Plant Quarantine Service of the Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka with all the necessary documents, the Plant Quarantine clearance will be granted only after inspection of each commodity, checking validity of each document and import conditions.

Detection of any pest contamination, violation of permit conditions or false documents is subjected to detain the consignment for destruction or re-export upon the decision of the plant Quarantine Officer. A fee of Rs. 150.00 will be charged for clearance each imported consignment.

Imports: Mail or courier services

Any Plant or plant product comes to Sri Lanka via air mail or courier services must undergo the Plant Quarantine Procedures.

Necessary Documents:

  • Original copy of Import Permit issued by National Plant Quarantine Service, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka
  • Original copies of Phytosanitary certificate issued by Exporting country
  • Treatment certificates if asked on permit Eg: Fumigation Certificates for fresh flowers, seeds etc.
  • International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) certificates for Vegetable seeds
  • Additional Declarations as per the import permit
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Invoice
  • Packing list
  • Airway Bill
  • Other relevant documents mentioned on Import Permit eg: Non GMO Certificates,