Alert: Economic Instability in Sri Lanka

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is currently experiencing shortages of fuel and cooking gas as well as some medicines and essential food items, due to the ongoing economic situation in country.  There have recently been protests over the economic situation and queues at gas stations, grocery stores, and some pharmacies.  Some of the protests have turned violent, and in response, police have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters, and imposed curfews.  There have also been daily planned power outages across the island, as well as some unplanned power outages, as fuel for backup generators is increasingly scarce.  Public transportation in some instances has been limited or curtailed.  Travelers should monitor local media for updates on the ongoing situation.

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid the areas of rallies or demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicnity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.

For Assistance: ​

U.S. Embassy – Colombo, Sri Lanka

+94 77-725-8500 Phone

+94 77-725-6307 Phone (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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