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

Location: U.S. Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka.


The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that due to expected protests in the vicinity, the U.S. Embassy and the American Center in Colombo will be closed to the public from 12:00 p.m. (noon) on October 30, 2018 and is expected to re-open at 07:00 a.m. on October 31, 2018. 

Actions to Take: The Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations 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

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