Sri Lanka Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
September 22, 2022

Sri Lanka - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

O D K E N H U T C

Reissued with updates to the Travel Advisory Level.

Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to fuel and medicine shortages, civil unrest, and terrorism.

Sri Lanka is experiencing shortages of imported goods, including fuel, food, and medicine due to the ongoing economic situation in the country.  This has led to long lines at gas stations, but a fuel rationing system has helped to alleviate the situation.  Public transportation has at times been limited or curtailed.  Disrupted supply chains have caused food and medicine shortages, especially in remote areas, but most hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, and private hospitals have supplies.  Limited duration power outages occur frequently, but most tourist facilities have backup generators.  Protests over the economic situation could erupt at any time.  In some instances, police have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters.  Travelers should monitor local media for updates on the ongoing situation.

Terrorist attacks have occurred in Sri Lanka, 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. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Sri Lanka has an unknown level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.  

Read the country information page

If you decide to travel to Sri Lanka: 

Travel Advisory Levels

Information for Vaccinated Travelers

The CDC's latest guidance on international travel for vaccinated people can be found here.

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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