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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: January 20, 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 U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having ...
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United States Donates Mobile Testing Unit to Fight COVID-19 in Moneragala

January 13:  The United States donated a mobile testing unit to the Regional Health Services in Moneragala, received by Dr. B.M.C. Dasanayaka, as part of the effort to fight COVID-19 in Sri Lanka and protect lives through early detection. The mobile unit will administer PCR tests and provide vital health services to 100 people daily in ...
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Three Foreign Nationals Charged in Federal Court in Los Angeles with Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS

U.S. Department of Justice News Release: Three Foreign Nationals Charged in Federal Court in Los Angeles with Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS The men allegedly were members of a group of ISIS supporters that carried out terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Day in 2019, killing 268 people English (PDF 280 KB) Sinhala (සිංහල) (PDF ...
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Statement on Decision of Millennium Challenge Corporation Board

COLOMBO, December 17, 2020: On December 15, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) board decided to discontinue the proposed Rs. 89 billion MCC development assistance grant to Sri Lanka due to lack of partner country engagement.  The Rs. 89 billion approved for Sri Lanka will be made available to other eligible partner countries in need of grant ...
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United States Launches Project to Support Small Businesses and Increase Women’s Participation in the Labor Force

December 10, 2020: The United States launched a new LKR 3.6 billion (USD 19.5 million) initiative to help small businesses and economically empower Sri Lankan women. The Private Sector Development Project, which is funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide technical assistance and financing to small businesses in the tourism, technology, and commercial care industries. ...
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