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

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 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

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

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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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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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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July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an …

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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 (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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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 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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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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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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Demonstration Notice – September 15, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a protest scheduled to take place today by the JVP and University students against SITAM Private Medical College. Approximately 3000-5000 protestors will assemble in several small towns outside of Colombo and march toward Lipton Circus, planning to arrive at approximately 2:20 PM (see the below map for possible …

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Demonstration Notice – August 31, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that approximately 1,000 people are currently demonstrating near Parliament.  At this time Parliament Road is closed to traffic. 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, …

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Demonstration Notice – July 06, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information that at approximately 3:00pm today there will be a religious procession of between 400 and 500 people starting at St. Michael’s Road.  The procession will continue onto Galle Road (in front of the embassy), Rotunda Gardens, Pittala Junction, Duplication Road, and back up Galle Road to St. Michael’s.  There …

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Demonstration Notice – June 28, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information about a protest that is underway at Galle Face Green. About 100 people carrying Indian flags are gathered may intend on protesting outside the Indian High Commission. At this time the group is not blocking traffic or creating problems in the area. Please take note if you plan on transiting …

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Security Message to U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka – Personal Security

U.S. Embassy Colombo has been made aware of an increase in incidents involving Tuk-tuk drivers in the Colombo area inappropriately touching female passengers. The U.S. Embassy reminds all U.S. Citizens to maintain situational awareness when in public and at home to avoid being a victim of crime.  Please consider the following security tips: Females should avoid traveling in …

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Demonstration Notice – May 17, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information about a student protest organized by the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF) today at noon against the SITAM (Private Medical College).  Over 500 students are expected to assemble in front of Fort Railway Station, and then march to the University Grants Commission (UGC) at Ward Place via Union Place and Town …

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Demonstration Notice – April 28, 2017

The U.S. Embassy Sri Lanka informs U.S. citizens that Sri Lanka celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2017.  Organized rallies and demonstrations are planned in Colombo and other areas throughout Sri Lanka. The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka urges U. S. citizens travelling to exercise caution and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Please also anticipate …

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Demonstration Notice – April 04, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information about a student protest today at approximately 1:30 pm. Approximately 400-500 students are expected to assemble at Horton Place and march to the Presidential Secretariat. Police have assembled in the area near Horton Place. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent. Please …

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Demonstration Notice – April 03, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information about an ongoing protest in front of the Indian High Commission, next to the American Center. Protesters are currently marching toward the Galle Face area. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; …

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Demonstration Notice – March 20, 2017

The U.S. Embassy received information that there will be a demonstration today at approximately 03:30 pm. Approximately 200-300 protesters are expected to assemble at Fort Railway Station and proceed to Temple Trees. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent. Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for Maldives regarding the risk of Zika virus  infection.  Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their medical provider and consider postponing nonessential travel to Maldives.   Men whose partners are pregnant or are considering pregnancy should talk …

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Parade Notice – February 09, 2017

The US Embassy has received information of a special traffic plan that will be implemented for the Perahara parade, beginning at 5 PM today. The parade will begin at the Gangaramaya temple, and travel along Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Sri Jinaratana Road, Utharananda Mawatha, and return to the temple through Navam Mawatha. It is expected …

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Parade Notice – February 02, 2017

This weekend the Colombo area will be faced with multiple road closures and delays due to the Independence Day parade and related activities.  The following areas will be affected: The section of Galle Road extending from the Galle Face Roundabout to Old Parliament Roundabout will be closed to the public between 5 a.m. and 12 …

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Demonstration Notice – January 24, 2017

About 200-300 protesters are marching towards Temple Trees from Slave Island passing through James Peiris Mawatha and Gangaramaya. Police have blocked off several potential routes, including Galle Road south of the US Embassy.  Traffic in the area is extremely heavy. As always, the Embassy recommends avoiding the areas near any protest/parade.

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Demonstration Notice – January 20, 2017

The US Embassy has received information of a planned protest to take place in front of the US Embassy around noon today.  We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; avoid any gathering crowds that might be forming; monitor …

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Demonstration Notice – January 19, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information that a protest march organized by the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF) has begun in the vicinity of Town Hall.  It is believed that 1,500 students will march towards Galle Road and attempt to march north to the Presidential Secretariat.  Police riot squads have been positioned along the march route, and …

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Demonstration Notice – December 02, 2016

The U.S. Embassy received information that there will be a demonstration organized at approximately 10:00 a.m.  The protesters are expected to assemble at Nelumpokuna Stadium and will proceed to the Presidential Secretariat. The protest is expected to last until 3:00 p.m. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  …

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Demonstration Notice – November 17, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that the Lotus Road Roundabout is temporarily closed due to a protest march. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local events; and be aware of surroundings at …

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Demonstration Notice – November 16, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that a demonstration is planned for outside the Embassy at noon. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local events; and be aware of surroundings at all times.

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Demonstration Notice – November 07, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that Galle Road is currently closed north of the Galle Face roundabout due to a protest. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local events; and be aware …

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Demonstration Notice – November 02, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding multiple demonstrations in Colombo throughout the day.  Locations of demonstrations include Fort Railway Station, Galle Face, Horton Place and Thumulla Junction. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage …

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Demonstration Notice – November 01, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding a demonstration underway at Olcott Mawatha. The west bound lane in front of the Fort railway station is closed. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local …

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Demonstration Notice – October 31, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding a demonstration underway at Ceramic Junction Fort.   Lotus Road is closed for traffic at this time. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local events; and be …

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Demonstration Notice – October 19, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that there is a protest march underway at Viharamaha Devi Park, Colombo 7.  Ward Place is partially blocked as a result. Current information is that route runs through Kannaggara Mawatha – Lipton Circus – Ward Place – University Grants Commission. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to …

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Demonstration notice – October 12, 2016

The Embassy has received information about a protest of approximately 250 people at the Colombo Fort Railway Station moving towards Ceramic Junction. Expect police presence and heavy traffic congestion.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area during the demonstration. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please …

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Message for U.S. citizens – Final Opportunities to return Voted Ballots (11 October 2016)

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka and Maldives: Zika Virus

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Zika Virus The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for Maldives regarding the risk of Zika virus infection. Zika virus is endemic .  The risk of Zika to travelers, especially pregnant women, in endemic countries is likely lower (but not zero) …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local …

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Message to U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka and Maldives

June 27, 2016 July 4th Voting Message Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received …

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