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

Location: Nation-wide.


The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of the probability of nationwide protests on November 4, 2018. Additionally, a large protest is scheduled for 2:00 pm on November 5, 2018, near Parliament in Colombo. U. S. citizens are reminded of an increased likelihood of civil unrest, strikes, and demonstrations stemming from continuing political uncertainty.

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

Sri Lanka Country Information
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