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

Location: Multiple locations throughout Sri Lanka


  • 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 are possible. Spontaneous demonstrations are possible at any time.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Actions To Take:

  • Comply with the curfews.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.

For Assistance: 

U.S. Embassy – Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 77-725-8500 Phone
+94 77-725-6307 Phone (after hours)  

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444   

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