Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Presidential Secretariat, Colombo 01,  Sri Lanka. Event: There currently is a student protest near the Presidential Secretariat. Police are responding and have reportedly used tear gas.  Portions of Lotus Road are closed. The Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Actions to Take: Avoid …

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Security Alert – Embassy Closure and Political Rally – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: U.S. Embassy and the vicinity of Galle Face Green, Colombo 01,  Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy will close to the public at 11:00 a.m. on October 10, 2019 due to a large political rally scheduled to be held on Galle Face Green later that day. The Consular section will contact individuals with afternoon visa appointments …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: US Embassy, Colombo 03,  Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a protest of an estimated 20 people to be held in front of the U.S. Embassy today at 10:30 a.m. The protest should not impact embassy operations. Actions to Take: The Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Nationwide, Sri Lanka. Event: In acknowledgment of upcoming holidays, the U.S. Embassy reminds American citizens of the current Level 2 Travel Advisory (Exercise Increased Caution). Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Date: July 23, 2019 Location: Fort, Colombo 01,  Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a protest of an estimated 400 people to be held in front of Fort railway station beginning at approximately 3:30pm. Actions to Take: The Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Kannaggara Mawatha – Lipton Circus – Ward Place, Colombo 07. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of an ongoing demonstration carried out by approximately 500 students from the Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF) in Colombo. Students are expected to gather at Nelum Pokuna Auditorium, Colombo 7, and march to the University Grants Commission (UGC) …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Galle Road, Colombo 03. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration; approximately 1000-1500 students from the Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF) are scheduled to have a demonstration in Colombo today. Protesters are expected to travel along Duplication Road and may travel as far north as Temple Trees. The current route is unknown …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: 210, Galle Road, Colombo 03. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a protest organized by the Socialist Students Union to be held in front of the Embassy today at approximately 1:00 p.m. The demonstration is expected to last approximately one hour and to be comprised of 100 protestors.   Actions to Take: – …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

May 16, 2019 Location: Nationwide, Sri Lanka. Event: The Sri Lankan government has declared local and island-wide curfews recently due to communal unrest in the northwest region of the country.  Additional curfews and checkpoints are possible with little notice over the coming holiday weekend. The U.S. Embassy reminds American citizens of the current Level 3 …

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U.S. Cooperation to Enhance Safety in Sri Lanka

Embassy of the United States of America Colombo PRESS RELEASE Public Affairs Section Tel:  +94 (1) 249-8100   Fax:  +94 (1) 244-9070 Email:  VanHornNT@state.gov  ●  https://lk.usembassy.gov The United States Government continues to assist Sri Lankan authorities in the aftermath of the horrific attacks that occurred in the country on Easter Sunday.  At the request of the Sri Lankan …

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Travel Advisory: Sri Lanka – Level 3 – Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel to Sri Lanka due to terrorism. On April 26, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of all school-age family members of U.S. government employees in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  The Department also authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Sri Lanka Event:  Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, hospitals, and other public areas. Actions to Take: Be aware …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Sri Lanka Event: Sri Lankan authorities are reporting that additional attacks targeting places of worship may occur.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid these areas over the weekend, starting tomorrow, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th.  Continue to remain vigilant and avoid large crowds. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Sri Lanka Event: Sri Lankan authorities are reporting that additional attacks may occur targeting places of worship.  Avoid these areas over the weekend, starting tomorrow, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th.  Continue to remain vigilant and avoid large crowds. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists. Review your …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka,

Location: Colombo Event: Following the bombings on Sunday, April 21, Sri Lankan authorities continue to pursue leads related to the attacks.  Be prepared for possible checkpoints, road closures, and ongoing searches of people, vehicles, and other items of interest. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public …

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Sri Lanka Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory April 21, 2019 Sri Lanka – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Locations: Colombo, Kochchikade, Katuwapitiya and Batticaloa Event: Media report multiple explosions throughout Sri Lanka. Affected areas include the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels in Colombo and churches in Kochchikade, Katuwapitiya and Batticaloa. Actions to Take: ·         Avoid public areas, especially hotels and places of worship. ·         Monitor local media for updates. ·         Be aware of your surroundings. U.S. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Albert Crescent, Presidential Secretariat, Kolpetty Junction, and/or the University Grants Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a scheduled demonstration of approximately 1,500 students on March 13, 2019. The protesters will gather near the University of the Visual and Performing Arts grounds on Albert Crescent at 2 p.m and are …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: U.S. Embassy, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of an expected demonstration of up to 150 participants on February 8 at approximately 10:00 a.m. in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy, 210 Galle Road, Colombo 02. Actions to Take: The Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can …

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US Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka – January 30, 2019

Location: Colombo 01, 02, 03, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the following areas in Colombo will be affected with multiple road closures and delays from January 31 through February 04 due to the National Day parade and related activities. Thursday through Sunday, January 31 through February 4 Closed 7am to 12noon: …

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Services at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo during the U.S. government lapse in appropriations

Location: U.S. Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy in Colombo advises U.S. citizens that during the current U.S. government lapse in appropriations, scheduled passport and visa services and American citizen services at the U.S. Embassy will continue as the situation permits. Please check our social media accounts, our website, and travel.state.gov for any …

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Christmas Eve; Federal Government Closure on the December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve; Federal Government Closure on Monday, December 24, 2018 U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (December 21, 2018) Location: U.S. Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that December 24th, 2018, is declared a holiday for federal employees. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy and the American Center in Colombo will be closed to the public on December …

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Emergency Message for US Citizens Political rally

Location: Colombo 03, Maradana, Town hall, Sri Lanka Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a political rally that will be held today at Galle Face Green.  Approximately 50,000 people are expected to attend the event.  Crowds may begin gathering as early as 11am.  The rally is expected to begin at 1pm.  Rally participants are …

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National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush; Federal Government Closure on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Location: U.S. Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that Wednesday, December 5, 2018, is declared a National day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy and the American Center in Colombo will be closed to the public from 07:00 a.m. on December 5, 2018 and will re-open at …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Lipton Circus, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a political demonstration of up to 15,000 participants on November 15 at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Lipton Circus, Colombo 02. Actions to Take: The Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

November 8, 2018 Location: Maligawatte, Old Parliament Roundabout, Kolluypitiya Junction to Parliament, Colombo, Sri Lanka,. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of a vehicle procession traveling from Galle Face Green to gather at Parliament beginning at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on November 8, 2018. This will likely result in heavy traffic along the route and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Nation-wide. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of the probability of nationwide protests on November 4, 2018. Additionally, a large protest is scheduled for 2:00 pm on November 5, 2018, near Parliament in Colombo. U. S. citizens are reminded of an increased likelihood of civil unrest, strikes, and demonstrations stemming from continuing political …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: U.S. Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that due to expected protests in the vicinity, the U.S. Embassy and the American Center in Colombo will be closed to the public from 12:00 p.m. (noon) on October 30, 2018 and is expected to re-open at 07:00 a.m. on October 31, 2018.  Actions to …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Likely gathering points include, but are not limited to, Temple Trees, Town Hall, Lipton Circus, Liberty Circle, and Parliament.   Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of the probability of a large protest on October 30, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. near the Prime Minister’s residence, Temple Trees.  Due to the current political situation, U. S. Citizens are  reminded …

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Security Alert for US Citizens – U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Nationwide, Sri Lanka.  Likely gathering points include, but are not limited to, government institutions. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of an increased likelihood of political turmoil, civil unrest, and demonstrations as a result of the President of Sri Lanka’s decision to dismiss the Prime Minister and suspend parliament. The Embassy reminds citizens …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location:  Colombo 07,  Sri Lanka, Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a protest march organized by the Inter- University Buddhist Monks Federation that will be held today. Protesters plan to gather in the Albert Crescent area and march to the University Grants Commission on Ward Place. About 400 – 500 members are estimated to …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Sri Lanka, island wide, 1-7 May Event: Between 1-7 May, the U.S. Embassy expects various groups and political parties will hold parades and rallies in conjunction with the annual Labor Day holiday.  Known locations include, but are not limited to, Colombo, Jaffna, Galle, and Batticaloa.  We expect these gatherings to be peaceful but people should anticipate …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that between 100-150 people are expected at a protest organized by the Socialist Youth Front in front of the Embassy today at approximately 4:00 pm.  The Embassy will monitor the situation as it develops and provide updates as necessary. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can …

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Security Alert for Sri Lanka – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Location: Announced curfews include, but are not limited to, the following areas: · Kandy Administrative District Event: The Sri Lankan government declared an island-wide State of Emergency and curfews have been imposed in some regions due to communal unrest. Local authorities are authorized to declare local curfews. Further incidents are possible over the next few …

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Travel Advisory update – Maldives (February 6, 2018)

Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism and civil unrest. Terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.  Attacks may occur on remote islands which could lengthen the response time of authorities.      A country-wide state of emergency is in effect.  …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Central Male, Maldives Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place from February 6 through February 15, 2018 as the president of the Maldives has declared a state of emergency until February 15.  Groups are expected to protest in central Male in response to emerging political developments. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in …

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Security Alert for Maldives- U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (February 3, 2018).

There is an increased chance of protests in central Male in response to emerging political developments.  Further demonstrations are possible over the weekend. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or …

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