The Plant Protection Ordinance (Gazette Extraordinary of the Democratic Socialist  Republic of Sri Lanka, No. 165/2, of Monday, November 02, 1981) lists prohibited/restricted plants

The import into Sri Lanka of the following Plants is prohibited or restricted except if imported under Regulation 14 or Regulation 15:-

Any plant capable of further growth or propagation, and originating in the American tropics or any country in which South American Leaf Blight (Microcyclusulei) occurs; countries of South Amreican leaf blight presents:- (Brazil, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republican, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fr. Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, St. Lucia, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela)

  • Vegetative planting material of the family Mucaceae, including banana, plantain and abaca;
  • Atrocarpus (Breadfruit) from areas where “Pingalap” disease is known to occur;
  • Theobroma (Cocoa);
  • Anarcardium (Cashew);
  • Citrus (Citrus);
  • Eugema (Clove and related plants);
  • Cocos (Coconut and related plants);
  • Coffee (Coffee)
  • Gossypium (Cotton and related Plants) with the exception of seed or baled cotton. If originating from the western hemisphere, such seed or baled cotton shall be fumigated by a method approved by the Director of Agriculture as being effective against the Mexican Boll Weevil (Anthonomusgrandis);
  • Planting material of any species of forest trees, except the seed that is free extraneous material, treated with a fungicide and fumigated;
  • Fruit and vegetables for consumption, from countries where fruit flies (family Tephritidae) not recorded in Sri Lanka are known to occur, unless the fruit and vegetable are certified by the exporting country to have been grown in an area where fruit flies are not known to exist, or that the fruit and vegetables have been treated in a manner approved by the Director of Agriculture to kill all fruit fly larvae;
  • Planting material of Arachis(Groundnut);
  • Planting material of Lactuca(Lettuce), unless the seed has been certified by the exporting country to be free of lettuce mosaic virus;
  • Planting material of Zea mays (Maize) except seed, from countries where Erwiniastewarti does not occur;
  • Elaeis (Oil palm);
  • Vegetative propagating material of Piper nigrum (Pepper);
  • Vegetative propagating material of Ananas (Pineapple);
  • Seed tubers of Solanum (Potato) unless-

 From countries where black wart (Synchytriumendobioticum), ring rot (Corynebacteriumsepedonicum), and potato nematode (Heteroderarostochiensis and Pallida do not occur, or unless certified by the phytosanitary service of the exporting country to have been produced in areas within that county, where black wart (Synchytriumendobioticum), ring rot (Corynebacteriumsepedonicum) and potato nematode (Heteroderarostchiensis and Pallida) have not been known to occur and which areas are separated from areas infested by these diseases by a radial distance of not less than two kilometers; and

The seed has been certified to have been obtained from crops free of viruses other than virus X.


  1. Oryza (Rice), except processed rice for consumption;

xxi.   Hevea (Rubber);

xxii.  planting material of Glycine max (Soyabean);

xxiii. vegetative propagating material of Saccharum (Sugar cane);

xxiv. vegetative propagating material of Helianthus (Sunflower and related plants);

xxv. planting material of Ipomea (Sweet Potato):

xxvi. planting material belonging to the family (tare and related plants):

xxvii. planting material of Camellia (Tea and related plants);

xxviii. planting material of Nicotiana (Tobacco), except where the seed is imported under a Plant Importation Permit and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate and certificate of field inspection, and also treated by immersion for 15 minutes in a 0.1 solution of silver nitrate;

xxix. planting material of Lycopersicum (Tomato), unless the seed has been acid extracted or otherwise treated to prevent transmission of seed-borne diseases,

xxx. Spartina (Rice Grass):

xxxi. Robus (Blackberry):

xxxii. Homeria (Cape Tulips);

xxxiii. planting material of Manihot (Cassava);

xxxiv. any aquatic plant;

xxxv.Vegetative planting material of fruit trees belonging to the family Rosaceae (including Apples and Pears);

xxxvi. planting material of the family Vitaceae (including Grapes);

xxxvii. vegetative planting material of Fragaria (Strawberry);

xxxviii. Vegetative planting material of Mangifera (Mango).

 Any commodity contaminated by PartherniumHysterophorus.

Any consignment containing the above shall be returned to the sender or destroyed at the expense of the importer.