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

Locations: Colombo, Kochchikade, Katuwapitiya and Batticaloa

Event: Media report multiple explosions throughout Sri Lanka. Affected areas include the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels in Colombo and churches in Kochchikade, Katuwapitiya and Batticaloa.

Actions to Take:

·         Avoid public areas, especially hotels and places of worship.

·         Monitor local media for updates.

·         Be aware of your surroundings.

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka -and the Republic of Maldives are urged to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) atwww.Travel.State.Gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide CautionTravel WarningsTravel Alerts, andCountry Specific Information can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review“A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain the latest information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo is located at 210 Galle Road.  The telephone number is +94 11 249-8500.  If you are an American citizen with an afterhours emergency, please call our hotline at: 077-725-6307. If you are unable to reach the duty officer on this number, please dial 011-249-8888.  The fax number is +94 11 249-8501.  The Consulate’s e-mail address iscolomboacs@state.gov and its internet web page is http://lk.usembassy.gov.

 U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s latest Country Specific Information andthe Worldwide Caution.  U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest travel updates and information and to obtain updated information on travel and security issues.  

You can get global updates at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where you can find the Worldwide Caution and current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  If you don’t have Internet access, you can call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Please note that the United States does not have an Embassy in Maldives, but U.S. citizens in need of assistance can contact the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The U.S Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka is located at 210 Galle Road Colombo 3 (tel: +94-11-249-8500, fax: +94-11-249-8501) and is open to the American public Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00p.m., excluding Embassy holidays.  In the event of emergency only, you may contact the Embassy duty officer after hours at tel: +94-77-725-6307.

The Consulate’s e-mail address is colomboacs@state.gov  and its Internet web page is http://Ik.usembassy.gov