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U.S. CITIZEN MESSAGES

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

On July 28, Maldivian police evacuated a group of foreign tourists, including several Israeli citizens, from Kaafu Thulusdhoo Island following a confrontation  with local protesters.  On July 15, approximately 13,000 Maldivians marched in the capital, Malé, against the Israeli offensive in Gaza.  There have been no reported incidents at the major tourist resorts nor at the Malé International Airport.   

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo advises U.S. citizens living or traveling in the Maldives to exercise caution when traveling outside the resorts, particularly during protests and disturbances.  Travelers should avoid demonstrations and spontaneous gatherings  and should not engage in political activity in the Maldives.  Those who encounter demonstrations or large crowds should steer clear of confrontation, remain calm, and depart the area quickly.  While in the Maldives, travelers should refer to news sources, check the U.S. Embassy Colombo website for possible security updates, and remain aware of their surroundings at all times.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).   STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency.  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll at the Embassy.  U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. 

In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain the latest information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo is located at 210 Galle Road.  The telephone number is +94 11 249-8500.  If you are an American citizen with an afterhours emergency, please call our hotline at:  077-725-6307.  If you are unable to reach the duty officer on this number, please dial 011-249-8500.  The fax number is +94 11 249-8501.  The Consular Section’s e-mail address is colomboacs@state.gov and its internet web page is http://srilanka.usembassy.gov/.