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

February 1, 2022

Location:  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Event:  Road closures will be in place effective immediately through February 4 as the Sri Lankan government conducts rehearsals and the performance of the 74th National Independence Day celebration.  Vehicular movement will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and on February 4, restrictions will begin at 6 a.m. and remain in place much of the day.  The Independence Day celebration will be held at Independence Square on February 4 and heavy traffic can be expected in and around the area.

Actions to Take:

  • Maintain good situational awareness.
  • Carry proper identification at all times.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Remember that large crowds come with risks.

Road Closures (street names and junctions listed below, map attached):

  1. Glass House Junction towards Nanda Motors
  2. Library Junction towards Glass House
  3. Library Junction towards Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha (Green Path on map)
  4. Dharmapala Mawatha towards F.R. Senanayake Mawatha
  5. De Soyza roundabout towards C.W.W.Kannangara Mawatha
  6. F.R. Senanayake Mawatha towards C.W.W.Kannangara Mawatha
  7. Wijerama Mawatha towards C.W.W.Kannangara Mawatha through Rosmead Place
  8. Wijerama Mawatha towards C.W.W.Kannangara Mawatha through Barnes Place
  9. Horton Place towards Maitland Crescent through Wijerama Mawatha
  10. Wijerama Mawatha towards Maitland Crescent through R. G. Senanayake Mawatha
  11. Horton Place towards Horton Roundabout through Maitland Crescent
  12. R. G. Senanayake Mawatha towards Maitland Crescent
  13. Wijerama Mawatha towards Vidya Mawatha through Vidya Mawatha Junction
  14. Vidya Mawatha towards Maitland Crescent -Bauddhaloka Mawatha (via R. F. P. Junction) towards Maitland Crescent
  15. Bauddhaloka Mawatha (via Torrington Junction) towards Premakeerthi De Alwis Mawatha
  16. Premakeerthi De Alwis Mawatha towards Independence Avenue
  17. Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha towards Foundation Mawatha
  18. Sri Lanka Foundation Institute towards Independence Square
  19. Foundation Mawatha towards Independence Avenue
  20. Entry to Maitland Crescent, Nanda Motors and Independence Avenue via Independence Roundabout.

For Assistance: ​

U.S. Embassy – Colombo, Sri Lanka

+94 77-725-8500 Phone

+94 77-725-6307 Phone (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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