Medical Assistance

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

General Medical Information

Medical facilities outside Colombo are limited. Medical supplies are not widely available; travelers should carry any special medications with them. There are six large hospitals in the Colombo area, including three with emergency trauma service–Asiri Hospital, Apollo Hospital, and the General Hospital. Serious medical problems may require evacuation to the United States or to the nearest country where adequate medical facilities or treatment is available, usually Thailand or Singapore. Neither Thailand nor Singapore requires U.S. citizens to have an entry visa for such purposes.

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC’s Internet site athttp://www.cdc.gov/travel. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad consult theWorld Health Organization’s (WHO) website at http://www.who.int/en. Further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith/en/.

Doctors and Hospitals in Colombo and the Maldives: 

If you become sick or hurt, you can contact a hospital or doctor from the available list (PDF 112 KB). Please note that U.S. Embassy does not endorse or guarantee the competence of any of the doctors or hospitals on this list. If you contact the Embassy, a consular officer can help you find medical assistance and, at your request, inform your family or friends in the event of illness or injury.

Medical Insurance:
The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to consult with the medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Please see the additional information available about medical insurance overseas.