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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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U.S. Ambassador Inaugurates Virtual Platform to Connect Schools

Vavuniya, February 23: U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz inaugurated a U.S.-funded online education platform today that connects students and teachers from different regions and responds to education challenges posed by COVID-19 restrictions. These “Smart Classrooms” connect Sinhala and Tamil speakers and provide remote schools with access to teachers trained in science and technology. ...
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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information – Sri Lanka  Last updated: February 11, 2021 Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days (72 hours) of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider ...
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Sri Lanka National Day: Message from Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State

February 3, 2021 Sri Lanka National Day On behalf of the American people, I send sincere congratulations to the people of Sri Lanka as you celebrate the 73rd anniversary of your independence. On this day, the people of Sri Lanka and the United States celebrate our shared principles to protect and promote democracy, human rights, the rule of ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

(February 2, 2021)   Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka     Event: Due to the Sri Lanka Independence Day rehearsals and celebrations, multiple roads in Colombo will be subject to closures until Thursday February 4, 2021. 2-3 February: certain roads will be closed from 06:00 AM to 01:00 PM.  On 4 February roads will be closed from 04:00 AM to ...
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U.S. Government commits $40 million loan to support small businesses and empower Sri Lankan women

The U.S. Government committed a $40 million loan to Sri Lanka’s SDB bank to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and women entrepreneurs. The loan from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the U.S. Government’s development bank, aims to support private sector investment and economic growth in Sri Lanka. DFC partners with the private ...
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