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

November 14, 2019

Location: Nationwide, Sri Lanka.

Event:  The U.S. Embassy reminds American citizens of the potential for demonstrations before, during, and after the November 16, 2019, presidential election.  There is no change to the current Level 2 Travel Advisory (“Exercise Increased Caution”).

Actions to Take:

– Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

– Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues.

– Follow the instructions of local authorities.

– Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.

– Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

– Follow the U.S. Embassy Colombo on Facebook and Twitter.

– U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.


U.S. Embassy – Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 249-8500 Phone
+94 077-725-6307 Phone (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747  or 202-501-4444

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