Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism.
On June 24, 2019, the Department lifted the ordered departure status of all school-age children (kindergarten through 12th grade) of U.S. government employees under the age of 18 as well as the authorized departure status of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members.
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 remote areas.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Sri Lanka:
Last Update: Reissued to revise travel advisory level and to inform that the ordered and authorized departure status of U.S. government employees and their family members has been lifted.