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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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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information – Sri Lanka  Last updated: May 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 of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered ...
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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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UNITED STATES COVID-19 RESPONSE: FACT SHEETS

COVID AND COVAX Congress recently provided more than $11 billion for America’s global COVID response, which we’ll use to save lives by supporting broad and equitable vaccine access; providing aid to mitigate secondary impacts of COVID, like hunger; and helping countries boost their pandemic preparedness. The United States is the world’s largest single donor supporting ...
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United States Launches “Clean Cities, Blue Ocean Program” in Sri Lanka to Tackle Plastic Pollution

COLOMBO, April 23 – U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz announced the first grants awarded through the U.S. government’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean program yesterday, totaling $345,000. These grants to Sri Lankan organizations will fund projects that help protect Sri Lanka’s cities and marine resources from plastic pollution. Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary for ...
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U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Celebrates 20 Years of Protecting Sri Lanka’s Rich and Diverse Heritage

COLOMBO, April 12, 2021:  This month marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. State Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), which has provided more than 200 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($1 million) in funding to protect Sri Lanka’s diverse cultural treasures. Since 2001, AFCP has funded 13 projects in Sri Lanka.  Projects have included the comprehensive documentation of western monasteries and ...
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