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

Location: Sri Lanka, island wide, 1-7 May

Event: Between 1-7 May, the U.S. Embassy expects various groups and political parties will hold parades and rallies in conjunction with the annual Labor Day holiday.  Known locations include, but are not limited to, Colombo, Jaffna, Galle, and Batticaloa.  We expect these gatherings to be peaceful but people should anticipate road closures and disruptions to traffic throughout this period.

The Embassy reminds citizens that even peaceful demonstrations 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.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • 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