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: 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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