Gazettes / Directions & Notices Covid-19 by the Sri Lankan Government

gazettes directions & notices covid-19


1. Extraordinary Gazettes:


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  • Extraordinary Gazette No.2168/08 dated 26.03.2020 - Appointment of a Presidential Task Force to direct Coordinate and monitor the delivery of Continuous Services for the Sustenance of Overall Community life.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No.2169/03 dated 02.04.2020 – Order under Section 22 of the Foreign Exchange Act No.12 of 2017.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No 2167/18 dated 20.03.2020 -Notification under the Quarantine and Prevention of Disease Ordinance (Re Corona Virus).
  • Extraordinary Gazette No 2168/06 dated 25.03.2020 – Regulations made under Sections 2 & 3 of the Quarantine and Prevention of Disease Ordinance.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2167/07 dated 17.03.2020 - Notification under the Holidays Act.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No 2166/51 dated 15.03.2020 - Notification under the Holidays Act.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2170/4 dated 08.04.2020 – Order under Section 29 read with Section 7 of the Foreign Exchange Act No.12 of 2017.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2170/8 dated 11.04.2020- – Regulations made under Sections 2 & 3 of the Quarantine and Prevention of Disease Ordinance.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No 2171/5 dated 16.04.2020 - Imports and Exports (Control) Regulations No. 01 of 2020.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2172/9 dated 22.04.2020 - Establishment of the President Task Force for Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No 2173/4 dated 27.04.2020 - Appointment of a President Task Force to Study and Provide Instructions on measures to be taken by all Armed Force to Prevent Corona virus Infections among members of the Tri Forces.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2170/4 dated 08.04.2020 – Order under Section 29 read with Section 7 of the Foreign Exchange Act No.12 of 2017.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2170/8 dated 11.04.2020- – Regulations made under Sections 2 & 3 of the Quarantine and Prevention of Disease Ordinance.
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2176/19 dated 22.05.2020 - Imports & Exports Control Regulation No. 02 of 2020 - An Update for Gazette Extraordinary No. 2171/05 dated April 16, 2020
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2182/10 dated 30.06.2020 - Imports & Exports Control Regulation No. 03 of 2020; amendment to the Gazette Extraordinary 2176/19 dated May 22, 2020
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2184/21 dated 16.07.2020 - Imports & Exports Control Regulation No. 04 of 2020; Curtailing Importation of Selected Items
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2189/04 dated 18.08.2020 - Imports and Exports Control Regulation No 05 of 2020; Impose requirement of Import Control License on Selected Items
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2189/05 dated 18.08.2020 - Imports and Exports Control Regulation No 06 of 2020; Amendment to the Gazette No. 2184/21 dated July 16, 2020
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2193/9 dated 15.09.2020 - Imports and Exports Control Regulation No 07 of 2020; Relaxation of Import Restrictions; Amendment to the Gazette No. 2184/21 dated July 16, 2020
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2198/2 dated 19th October 2020 – Imports and Exports Control Regulation No 08 of 2020; Relaxation of Import Restrictions; Amendment to the Gazette No. 2184/21 dated July 16, 2020
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2206/25 dated 18th December 2020 – Order under Section 22 of the Foreign Exchange Act No. 12 of 2017
  • Extraordinary Gazette No. 2208/33 dated 31st December 2020 - Presidential Secretariat - Establishment of a Presidential Task Force for Notional Deployment and Vaccination Plan for Covid-19 Vaccine

2. Central Bank Circulars/Directions/Notices:


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  • Monetary Board of the Central Bank Circular No. 4 of 2020 dated 24.03.2020-Relief Measures to Assist COVID-19 Affected Businesses and Individuals.
  • Explanatory Note No. 1 of 2020 dated 25.03.2020- Interpretations for Circular No. 04 of 2020.
  • Monetary Board of the Central Bank Circular No. 5 of 2020 dated 27.03.2020 - Rupees 50 Billion, Six-Month Re-Financing Facility to Support COVID-19 Hit Businesses including Self Employment and Individuals.
  • Banking Act Directions No. 1 of 2020 dated 19.03.2020 - Measures to Curtail Imports and Foreign Currency Investments.
  • Finance Business Act Directions No. 2 of 2020 dated 31.03.2020 - Amendments to Directions on Liquid Assets.
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  • Notice – Appeal to all Sri Lankans and well -wishers living abroad dated 02.04.2020. www.cbsl.gov.lk/en/press/media/notices
  • Notice -Contact Numbers with regard to Covid-19 Moratorium Matters
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  • Monetary Board of the Central Bank Circular No. 6 of 2020 dated 28.04.2020 -Amendments to Circular No’s 04 and 05 of 2020.
  • Monetary Board of the Central Bank Monetary Law Order 1 of 2020 - Maximum Interest Rates on Pawning Advances of Licensed Banks.
  • Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Banking Act Direction No. 02 of 2020 dated 05th May 2020 – Liquid Assets for Licensed Commercial Banka and Licensed Specialized Banks
  • Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Banking Act Direction No. 03 of 2020 dated 13th May 2020 – Restrictions on Discretionary Payments o Licensed Banks
  • Central Bank of Sri Lanka Bank Supervision Department Banking Act Directions No. 05 of 2020 dated 19th June 2020 - Investments in Sri Lanka international sovereign bonds by Licensed Commercial Banks and National Savings Bank
  • Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Banking Act Directions No. 06 of 2020 dated 16th July 2020 – Extraordinary Regulatory Measures amidst COVID-19
  • Monetary Board Central Bank of Sri Lanka Circular No. 07 of 2020 dated 16th July 2020 – Relief measures to assist COVID -19 affected Businesses and Individuals
  • Monetary Board Central Bank of Sri Lanka Monetary Law Act Order No. 02 of 2020 dated 21st August 2020 – Maximum Interest Rates on Lending Products of Licensed Banks
  • Monetary Board Central Bank of Sri Lanka Circular No. 08 of 2020 dated 26th August 2020 – Extension of Debt Moratorium for COVID-19 affected businesses and individuals in the Tourism Industry
  • Monetary Board Central Bank of Sri Lanka Circular No. 10 dated 09th November 2020 – Debt Moratorium for COVID -19 affected businesses and individuals
  • Monetary Board Central Bank of Sri Lanka Circular No. 11 dated 09th November 2020 – Debt Moratorium for COVID -19 affected businesses and individuals
  • Banking Act Determination No. 01 of 2020 dated 12th November 2020 – Annual License Fee of Licensed Commercial Banks and Licensed Specialized Banks
  • Banking Act Direction No. 11 of 2020 – dated 11th November 2020 -Investments in Sri Lanka International Sovereign Bonds by Licensed Commercial Banks and National Savings Bank
  • 23.12.2020 Banking Act Direction No. 12 of 2020 dated 23rd November 2020 - Investments in Sri Lanka International Sovereign Bonds by Licensed Commercial Banks and National Savings Bank
  • Monetary Board Central Bank of Sri Lanka Circular No. 12 dated 27th November 2020 – Amendments to Circular No. 11 on Debt Moratorium for COVID -19 affected businesses and individuals
  • Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Circular No. 01 of 2021 dated 13th January 2021 – Suspension of Recovery Actions against Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Paddy Millers
  • Banking Act Direction No. 1 of 2021 dated 19th January 2021- Restrictions on Discretionary Payments of Licensed Banks
  • Circular No. 2 of 2021 dated 25th January 2021 - Amendments to Circular No. 4 of 2018 on Guidelines to Licensed Banks on the Adoption of Sri Lanka Accounting Standard – SLFRS 9: Financial Instruments
  • Banking Act Direction No. 2 of 2021 dated 25th January 2021 - Forward Sales and Purchases of Foreign Exchange by Licensed Commercial Banks

3. Notices issued by the Department of Inland Revenue:


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  • Notice dated 20.03.2020 on extension of Submission Date of Transfer Pricing Disclosure Form for the Year of Assessment 2018/2019.
  • VAT Notice dated 26.03.2020.
  • Compounded Stamp Duty Notice dated 28.03.2020.
  • Notice dated 30.03.2020 on extension of Validity Period of the Temporary Tax Clearance Certificates relating to Liquor Licenses.
  • WHT Notice dated 31.03.2020.
  • VAT Registration Notice dated 03.04.20.
  • Notice on Tax Residency Certificates dated 06.04.2020.
  • Notice dated 08.04.20 on Alternative Tax Payment System (ATPS) through Online Fund Transfer Facility.
  • Notice dated 08.04.20 on Implementation of Proposed Changes to the Inland Revenue Act, No. 24 of 2017
  • Notice dated 15.04.20 on making appeals to the Tax Appeals Commission.
  • Notice dated 15.04.20 on Deduction of Tax on Cumulative Income from Employment for the Period 01.01.2020 – 31.03.2020.
  • Notice dated 21.04.20 on Extension of Tax Return Submission Dates PAYE, WHT, ESC, Stamp Duty, VAT on FS Interim Estimate & Transfer Pricing Disclosure Form
  • Noted dated 28.04.20 on VAT.
  • Notice dated 08.04.20 on Implementation of Proposed Changes to the Inland Revenue Act, No. 24 of 2017
  • Notice dated 12.05.2020 on Submission of Statement of Estimated Tax Payable (SET) for the year of assessment 2019/2020 after the normalization of the COVID -19 epidemic
  • Notice dated 13.05.2020 on Extension of time to remit Tax on terminal benefits to retiring employees to the Inland revenue Department
  • Notice dated 13.05.2020 on making payments of IT, PAYE, APIT, WHT and AIT
  • Notice dated 14.05.2020 - Further instructions on Alternative Tax Payment System (ATPS) through Online Fund Transfer Facility
  • Notice dated 15.05.2020 – Tour Operators registered with Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority exempt from Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Notice dated 18.05.2020 – Further Extension of Tax Return Submission dates for PAYE, WHT, ESC, VAT, Stamp Duty, and VAT on FS interim Estimate
  • Notice dated 18.06.2020 – Suspension of the Notices of “Recovery of Tax out of debts”
  • Notice dated 29.06.2020 – Value Added Tax (VAT) Deferment facility and Temporary Registration – Amendment of Notice Dated 28.04.2020
  • Notice dated 03.07.2020 – Further Extension of Tax return Submission dates PAYE, WHT, ESC, Stamp Duty, B&GL, DRL and VAT
  • Notice dated 03.07.2020 - Suspension of the Notices of “Recovery of Tax out of debts”- Amendment of the Notice dated 18.06.2020
  • Notice dated 30.07.2020 - Value Added Tax (VAT) Deferment facility and Temporary Registration – Amendment of Notice Dated 29.06.2020
  • Notice dated 10.08.2020 – Further instructions on Alternative Tax Payment System (ATPS) through Online Fund Transfer Facility – Further to the notices dated 8th April 2020 and 14th May 2020
  • Notice dated 11.08.2020 – Deduction of Advanced Personal Income Tax (APIT) from Resident but Non-Citizen Employees – Further to the Notice dated 20.04.2020
  • Notice dated 06.10.2020 – VAT Deferment Facility and Temporary Registration
  • Notice dated 07.10.2020 – Requirement of Tax Clearance Certificates for Outward Remittances
  • Notice dated 26.10.2020 – Income Tax Exemption from Interest Accrued or Derived from Special Deposit Account
  • Notice dated 27.10.2020 – Tax Return Submission Dates VAT, Stamp Duty, Betting and Gaming Levy Returns and VAT on FS Interim Estate
  • Notice dated 29.10.2020 – Extension of the Validity Period of the Tax Clearance Certificates relating to Liquor Licenses
  • Notice dated 02.11.2020 – Extension of the Validity Period of the VAT Active Certificates
  • Notice dated 03.11.2020 – Furnishing Returns of Income for the Year of Assessment 2019/2020
  • Notice dated 10.11.2020 – e-filing return of income for the Year of Assessment 2019/2020
  • Notice dated 23.11.2020 – Extension of time to remit tax to the Inland Revenue Department


4. Circulars issued by the Presidential Secretariat:


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  • PS/CSA/Circular/18/2020 dated 30.03.2020 - Delivering Government Services via Work from Home Arrangements (WFH) during the Global Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • PS/CSA/Circular/14/2020 dated 19.03.2020 - Maintenance of the State Machinery without disruption during an epidemic outbreak in the country.
  • PS/CSA/Circular/19/2020 dated 30.03.2020 on supply of essential food items at concessionary prices to low income/disadvantaged families
  • PS/GPA/Circular/20/2020 dated 18.04.2020 - Guidelines to be adhered to by Government Offices during the opening of districts for resumption of normal day to day activities during COVID-19.
  • PS/CSA/Circular/19/2020 dated 30.03.2020 on supply of essential food items at concessionary prices to low income/disadvantaged families
  • PS/GPA Circular/21/2020 dated 14.05.2020 – Optimum Service Delivery through Decentralized operations of Public Institutions situated in Colombo and Gampaha Districts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • PS/GPA/Circular/33/20 dated 29.10.2020 – Remote Work Arrangements During the Global Coronavirus Pandemic
  • PS/GPA/Circular/34/20 dated 16.11.2020 – Combatting COVID-19 at National Level “Stay Safe” Digital Solution
  • PS/GPA/Circular/35/20 dated 25.11.2020 – Mechanism for observing Home Quarantine


5. Notices issued by the Colombo Stock Exchange:


  • Circular No.13-03-2020 dated 27.03.20 - Guidance Note: Hosting of Annual General Meetings
  • Circular No. 01-04-2020 dated 01.04.20- Enclosing Directive issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission dated 31.03.20 titled: Granting relief to all investors affected by the market downturn caused by COVID 19 pandemic in Sri Lanka
  • Circular No 03-04-2020 dated 10.04.20- Extension of Timelines for submission of Financial Statements and Enforcement Action
  • Circular No:04-04-2020 dated 14.04.20 – Settlement of dues to the Colombo Stock Exchange
  • Circular No 06-04-2020 dated 20.04.20- Disclosure regarding Impact of COVID-19 on Listed Companies.
  • Circular No. 01-05-2020 dated 01.05.20- Enclosing Directive issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission dated 30.04.20 on Index based Circuit Breakers.
  • Colombo Stock Exchange by Circular No. 06-05-2020 dated 14th May 2020 issued an extension of timelines for submission of financial statements and enforcement action.
  • Colombo Stock Exchange circular No. 04-05-2020 dated 09th May 2020- Corporate Disclosure Guidance Note on Disclosure to be made on the impact of COVID -19.
  • Colombo Stock Exchange by Circular No. 09/2020 dated 28.07.2020 issued a further Guidance Note on Hosting Virtual/Hybrid AGMs.


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