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

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka


  • Multiple associations and groups have called for protests leading up to and on July 9, 2022. The messaging is getting wide social media and press coverage. The protests are expected to draw large numbers of people and may cause road closures and congestion. Some of the calls to protest are encouraging participants to bring gear in preparation for potential violence.
  • Please see the details below for the protests the U.S. Embassy is tracking in Colombo, starting tomorrow through the weekend, most culminating near Fort Railway Station and Colombo 01 on Saturday afternoon and evening. Additional protests are likely to occur.


Time Location
2:00 PM March from Fort Railway Station to President’s House
4:00 PM Independence Square



Time Location
09:00 AM Court complex, Colombo 12
10:00 AM Fort Railway Station to President’s House


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

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid areas of rallies or 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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