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

March 18, 2020

Location: Puttalam and Negombo, Sri Lanka.

Event: The Sri Lankan government has declared local curfews beginning at 4:30 p.m. on March 18, 2020 in Puttalam, Kochchikade, Negombo, and Chilaw.  Additional curfews and checkpoints are possible with little notice in the immediate future.

Actions to Take:

– Follow the instructions of local authorities.
– Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
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  • U.S. Embassy – Colombo Sri Lanka
    210 Galle Road, Colombo 03

+94 11-249-8500 phone
+94 77-725-6307 phone (after hours emergencies)

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

  • Sri Lanka Country Information

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