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 personnel living near Galle Face Green have been advised residences and apartments in the area may be fully locked down.

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid the areas of rallies or demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.

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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