Sri Lanka Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
May 16, 2022

Sri Lanka - Level 3: Reconsider Travel


Reconsider travel to Sri Lanka due to fuel and medicine shortages. Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism. 

Country Summary: Sri Lanka is experiencing shortages of fuel and cooking gas as well as some medicines and essential food items, due to the ongoing economic situation in country. There have recently been protests over the economic situation and queues at gas stations, grocery stores, and some pharmacies. Protests have occurred throughout the country and have mostly been peaceful. In some instances, police have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters. There have also been daily planned power outages across the island, as well as some unplanned power outages, as fuel for backup generators is increasingly scarce. Public transportation in some instances has been limited or curtailed. Travelers should monitor local media for updates on the ongoing situation.

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 country information page for additional information on travel to Sri Lanka.

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

If you decide to travel to Sri Lanka: 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

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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
+(94) (11) 249-8500
+(94) (011) 249-8686
+(94) (11) 243-7345

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