Sri Lanka Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
April 26, 2019

Sri Lanka - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

O K E N H U T C

Reconsider travel to Sri Lanka due to terrorism

On April 26, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of all school-age family members of U.S. government employees in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  The Department also authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, hospitals, and other public areas.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Sri Lanka due to the security environment.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to Sri Lanka:

  • 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 Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Sri Lanka.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update:  Reissued to raise to Level 3 – Reconsider Travel and to include departure status of government employees and their family members.

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Colombo
210 Galle Road,
Colombo 03,
Sri Lanka
Telephone
+(94) (11) 249-8500
Emergency
+(94) (011) 249-8686
Fax
+(94) (11) 243-7345

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