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

Location: Multiple locations throughout Sri Lanka Events: Due to ongoing demonstrations, there is an increased police and military presence on the streets, and there are checkpoints at many intersections. Some roads continue to be blocked.  The Government of Sri Lanka has instituted a curfew from 2:00 p.m. May 13until 6:00 a.m. May 14and additional curfews …

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

May 10, 2022 Location: Multiple locations throughout Sri Lanka Events: There continue to be protests across Sri Lanka. The island-wide curfew remains in effect. There are official and unofficial checkpoints at many intersections, and several roads continue to be blocked. Emergency consular services for U.S. citizens continue to be available, but the Embassy is rescheduling routine …

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Demonstration Alert Updated: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Multiple locations throughout Sri Lanka Events: There are ongoing demonstrations across Sri Lanka today May 9, 2022. The protests have caused several road closures and there are reports of clashes between protesting groups in Colombo and other cities throughout Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka has announced an island-wide curfew effective immediately. Even demonstrations …

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information – Sri Lanka  Last updated: May 9, 2022 *** Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a …

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

Date: May 5 and 6, 2022 Location: Multiple Locations, Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: The U.S. Embassy is aware of the following demonstrations: May 5: A group of approximately 3,000 is planning to hold a demonstration the afternoon starting in front of Sir Jayewardenepura University (to the east of Mt. Lavinia) and marching to Parliament junction …

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

Date: May 4, 2022 Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: Ongoing Protest at Temple Trees in Colombo 3 The Fort Magistrate’s Court has issued an order for the removal of all the structures, vehicles and belonging of protesters near Temple Trees in Colombo 3.  Police are expected to enforce this order starting at approximately 4:30 p.m. …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (May 1, 2022)

Location: Multiple Locations, Sri Lanka Event: Several demonstrations and marches are planned in and around Colombo on Sunday, May 1, 2022, to protest the economic situation in the country. The demonstrations are likely to make travel to/from/within Colombo more difficult and cause road closures and traffic congestion throughout the day.  The U.S. Embassy is aware of the …

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

Date: April 27, 2022 Location:  Multiple Locations, Sri Lanka Events: Multiple demonstrations and strikes are expected to occur in various cities throughout Sri Lanka on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Within the city limits of Colombo, a large group of at least 5000 people is expected to gather near Fort Railway Station at noon and march …

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

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka Event: A large demonstration is expected to take place at noon today, April 24, 2022, starting at Fort Railway Station.  The group is expected to march, although their exact routing has not been determined.  Additional road closures may be imposed near the Fort Railway Station, Presidential Secretariat, Galle Face Green, and/or …

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

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka  Event: ·         A demonstration march is expected to arrive in Colombo at approximately 3:00 p.m. today (April 19, 2022).  The march commenced on April 17 in Beruwala, and the participants (several thousand) are making their way towards Colombo.  The participants are expected to gather at the Town Hall/Lipton Circus area when …

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

There is a large planned two-day demonstration in Colombo on April 9 and 10. Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: A two-day demonstration is planned for Galle Face Green beginning at 9 AM on Saturday (April 9) and ending in the evening on Sunday (April 10).  Reports estimate the possibility of upwards of 100,000 participants. U.S. government …

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Travel Advisory: Sri Lanka – Level 3 – Reconsider Travel

Travel Advisory – April 7, 2022 Reconsider travel to Sri Lanka due to COVID-19 and fuel and medicine shortages. Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19  page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Sri Lanka. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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

Date: April 7, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: There are several large demonstrations taking place in Colombo today (April 7): 1,000 student demonstrators gathering in Dehiwala who plan to march to Temple Trees by 3 PM, a static demonstration at Temple Trees around 5 PM, and a possible march from Kollupitiya Rail Station via Galle …

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

Date: April 6, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: There is a possible demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy at 11 AM today. There are no additional details about the number of expected participants or the length of the demonstration. Please do not attempt to enter the Embassy compound during the demonstration as the gates …

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

There are two demonstrations ongoing in Colombo now. Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events:  There are two larger-scale demonstrations taking place in Colombo:  (1) 1,000-1,500 student protestors gathering at Colombo University in the vicinity of the UN office who plan to march to Temple Trees, and (2) a gathering of protestors in the area around Parliament.  Additional demonstrations are …

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

There are several demonstrations ongoing around Colombo now. Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events:  There are several large demonstrations taking place throughout Colombo:  (1) a demonstration at Victoria Park has approximately 2500 participants, (2) a demonstration is underway at Lipton Circus with 500-600 participants, and (3) a demonstration near Galle Face Green with 2000 participants.  Additional demonstrations are gathering …

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

Location:  Sri Lanka, countrywide Events:  ·        The President of Sri Lanka has declared a public emergency, overnight, until further notice.  A curfew has been imposed from 6:00 PM today (Saturday, April 2) until 6:00 AM on Monday, April 4. Actions to Take:  ·        Monitor local media for updates. For Assistance: ​ U.S. Embassy – Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 …

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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, …

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

Date: April 1, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: There have been calls for a large number of participants to gather for demonstrations in various cities throughout the island on Sunday, April 3, due to the current economic situation.  Within the city limits of Colombo, Independence Memorial Hall has been designated as one of the venues …

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

There is a demonstration and march planned for today (Wednesday, March 23) at 2:00 PM. Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events:  Jathika Jana Balawagaya (formerly FVP) is planning a demonstration tomorrow (March 23) at Delkanda Junction at 2:00 PM, then the demonstrators plan to march to Nugegoda Junction.  2,500-3,000 participants are expected.  (see attached map) U.S. government …

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

There is a demonstration and march planned for tomorrow (Wednesday, March 23) at 2:00 PM. Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events:  Jathika Jana Balawagaya (formerly FVP) is planning a demonstration tomorrow (March 23) at Delkanda Junction at 2:00 PM, then the demonstrators plan to march to Nugegoda Junction.  2,500-3,000 participants are expected.  (see attached map) U.S. government personnel are …

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

Date: Friday, March 18, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: Jathika Jana Balawagaya (JJB) has announced plans to hold a demonstration near Fort Rail Station and the Presidential Secretariat today (March 18) at 2:00 PM. 1,500-2,000 participants are expected to attend.  Increased numbers of pedestrians are expected to walk along Galle Road. U.S. government personnel are advised …

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

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: Samagi Jana Balawagaya (SJB) has announced plans for a large demonstration on Galle Face Green tomorrow (March 15) at 2:00 PM. 10,000-15,000 participants are expected to attend, many arriving by bus from outside Colombo. The buses will be parked near Victoria Park and along Marine Drive. U.S. …

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

There are three demonstrations planned for today (Tuesday, March 8):  two at 12:00 PM and one at 1:00 PM. Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events:    The United National Party (UNP) will hold a demonstration at Parliament Circle on Sri Jayawardenapura Main Road, against the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka, at 12:00 PM.  200 participants are …

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

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: The Front Line Socialist Party and other political parties have announced plans to demonstrate against the violence in Ukraine in front of the UN compound, near the University of Colombo, at 1:30 PM today. 200-250 participants are expected to attend. U.S. government personnel are advised to …

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

Date: Monday, February 28, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: A group of demonstrators are forming in front of the Russian Embassy now (8:30 AM) on Gregory’s Road.  Reports suggest 200 participants are expected. The U.S. Embassy in Colombo anticipates impromptu gatherings to occur near the Russian Embassy in the coming days as well. U.S. …

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

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF) is organizing a demonstration and march today (February 24) beginning at 12:30 PM in front of the Fort Railway Station and proceeding to either the University Grants Commission or the Presidential Secretariat at Galle Face.  500-800 students are expected to participate. …

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

Date: February 18, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Events: Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF) is organizing a demonstration and march today (February 18) beginning at 12:30 PM in front of the Fort Railway Station and proceeding to either the University Grants Commission or the Presidential Secretariat.  400-500 students are expected to participate. U.S. government personnel are advised to …

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

Date: February 16, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Event:  Today (Wednesday, February 16) there will be a parade for the annual Gangaramaya Navam Maha Perahera in the area around Hunupitiya Gangaramaya Temple and Seema Malakaya Buddhist Temple and the lake.  All roads directly surrounding the lake will have limited access or be closed beginning at …

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

February 14, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Event: Approximately 1000-2000 health workers have gathered to conduct a demonstration towards the Presidential Secretariat, which is planned to last up to 3 hours. The march is occurring in the Colombo 2 area, beginning from the Fort Railway station towards the Presidential Secretariat. U.S. government personnel are advised …

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

February 1, 2022 Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Event:  Road closures will be in place effective immediately through February 4 as the Sri Lankan government conducts rehearsals and the performance of the 74th National Independence Day celebration.  Vehicular movement will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and on February 4, restrictions will begin …

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

Date: 06 December 2021 Location: SRI LANKA and MALDIVES, countrywide   Event:  On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show to the airline a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Date: December 3, 2021 Location:  Sri Lanka and Maldives   Event:  On November 26, the White House announced a travel restriction for certain travelers physically present within the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and …

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

There is a demonstration scheduled for tomorrow, November 16, 2021. Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka Event: The Samagi Jana Balawegaya political party is organizing an assembly and possible march on November 16 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at either Hyde Park or Victoria Park.  5000-6000 people are expected to attend. U.S. government personnel have been advised to …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

May 25, 2021 Location:  Sri Lanka and Maldives Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December …

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

May 5, 2021 Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  New COVID-19 cases, including the B.1.1.7 variant, have increased sharply through Sri Lanka to all-time highs.  The Government of Sri Lanka has issued revised guidelines under Alert Level 3. Recent updates:  New Alert Level 3 guidelines restrict many essential businesses, to include supermarkets, retail stores, restaurants, and financial …

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

(February 2, 2021)   Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka     Event: Due to the Sri Lanka Independence Day rehearsals and celebrations, multiple roads in Colombo will be subject to closures until Thursday February 4, 2021. 2-3 February: certain roads will be closed from 06:00 AM to 01:00 PM.  On 4 February roads will be closed from 04:00 AM to …

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory: Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel to Sri Lanka due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for Sri Lanka due to COVID-19. Sri Lanka has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19 page

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

July 22, 2020 Location:  Sri Lanka   Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  New information is listed in the top bullets.   Recent Updates:   The  Sri Lanka Ministry of Health  confirmed 2,730 cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.    American citizens with questions on entry requirements to the United States may visit the  Department of Homeland Security COVID-19 website . Parliamentary elections are scheduled on 5 August 2020.  Campaigning may lead to large, unplanned gatherings.  The U.S. Embassy advises citizens to avoid large gatherings for reasons of …

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

July 7, 2020 Location:  Sri Lanka   Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  Updates are being sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets.   Recent Updates:   Several airlines are now providing limited commercial flights departing Sri Lanka.   The  Sri Lanka Ministry of Health  confirmed 2,077 cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  The Sri Lankan  Department of Immigration  has extended the validity period of …

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

June 25, 2020 Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  Updates are being sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets. Recent Updates:    Several airlines are now providing limited commercial flights departing Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health confirmed 1,991 cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. The Sri …

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

June 16, 2020 Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  Updates are being sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets. Recent Updates: The embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States to explore commercial flight options immediately, as there is no guarantee that the U.S. …

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

June 4, 2020 Location:  Sri Lanka    Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  Updates are being sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets.      Recent Updates:   The embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States to explore commercial flight options immediately, as there is no guarantee that the …

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

Date: May 21, 2020 Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  Updates are being sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets. Recent Updates: The embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States to explore commercial flight options immediately, as there is no guarantee that the …

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

Date: May 11, 2020 Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  Updates are being sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets. Recent Updates: The embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States to explore commercial flight options immediately, as there is no guarantee that the U.S. government …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (April 22, 2020)

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  Updates are being sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets. Recent Updates: The embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States to explore commercial flight options immediately, as there is no guarantee that the U.S. government will be …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (April 15, 2020)

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  New information is listed in the top bullets. Recent Updates: The embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States to explore commercial flight options immediately, as there is no guarantee that the U.S. government will be able to arrange evacuation flights if airspace closes.Note:  Waiting and expecting to rely on an …

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

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  These updates are being sent daily for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets. Recent Updates:   International commercial flight options currently exist in Sri Lanka.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (April 2, 2020) 

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  These updates are being sent daily for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets. Recent Updates:     ï         The embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States to explore commercial flight options now, as there is no guarantee that the U.S. government will …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (April 1, 2020)  

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  Updates are being sent daily for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets. Recent Updates: As previously indicated, the embassy strongly urges those who wish to return to the United States to explore commercial flight options now, as there is no guarantee that the U.S. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (March 31, 2020) 

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  COVID-19 in Sri Lanka Recent Updates: These updates are being sent daily for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  New information is listed in the top bullets: The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health confirmed 122 cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka  The following airlines are still providing very limited commercial flights departing Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Airlines …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (March 29, 2020)

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health confirmed 115 cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka On March 19, 2020, the Department of State issued a global Level 4 Health Advisory (Do Not Travel) advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure …

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

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  The government of Sri Lanka has confirmed 75 cases of COVID-19.  On March 19, 2020, the Department of State issued a global Level 4 Health Advisory (Do Not Travel) advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live …

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

March 20, 2020 Location: Sri Lanka. Event: The Sri Lankan government has declared an island-wide curfew beginning at 6:00 p.m. on March 20 until 06:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020.  Travel to the airport for ticketed passengers is exempted from the curfew.  Additional curfews and checkpoints are possible with little notice in the immediate future. Actions …

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

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health confirmed 53 cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a …

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

March 18, 2020 Location: Puttalam and Negombo, Sri Lanka. Event: The Sri Lankan government has declared local curfews beginning at 4:30 p.m. on March 18, 2020 in Puttalam, Kochchikade, Negombo, and Chilaw.  Additional curfews and checkpoints are possible with little notice in the immediate future. Actions to Take: – Follow the instructions of local authorities. – Monitor …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (March 17, 2020)

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China. As of March 17, there are 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.  The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 3 Health Advisory  for COVID-19..  On March 17, 2020 the government of Sri Lanka announced that all international airports in Sri …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (January 31, 2020)

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka Event: The Arrival and Departure lobbies at Bandaranaike International Airport are closed to all visitors until further notice.  Only traveling passengers will be allowed inside the terminal building.  For more information and further updates on this closure please visit the airport website at https://www.airport.lk/    Actions to Take:   Be aware of your …

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

January 8, 2020 Location: Sri Lanka and Maldives. Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions. There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Closure of U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

December 23, 2019 Location: U.S. Embassy, American Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that Tuesday, December 24, 2019, is declared a federal holiday, in addition to Wednesday, December 25, 2019. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy and the American Center in Colombo will be closed to the public on December 24, 2019 and will re-open at …

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

November 14, 2019 Location: Nationwide, Sri Lanka. Event:  The U.S. Embassy reminds American citizens of the potential for demonstrations before, during, and after the November 16, 2019, presidential election.  There is no change to the current Level 2 Travel Advisory (“Exercise Increased Caution”). Actions to Take: – Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large …

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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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