Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

November 8, 2018

Location: Maligawatte, Old Parliament Roundabout, Kolluypitiya Junction to Parliament, Colombo, Sri Lanka,.

Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of a vehicle procession traveling from Galle Face Green to gather at Parliament beginning at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on November 8, 2018. This will likely result in heavy traffic along the route and possible road closures.

Actions to Take: The Embassy reminds citizens that even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.


  • U.S. Embassy – Colombo, Sri Lanka
    +94 11 249-8500 Phone
    +94 077-725-6307 Phone (after hours)
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747or 202-501-4444
  • Sri Lanka Country Information
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