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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka

Date: December 9, 2014

Sri Lanka will hold presidential elections on January 8, 2015.  The campaign will feature large public events‎ and rallies.  Political rallies and election campaigns in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent.  U.S. citizens are reminded to avoid polling stations, large public gatherings, political rallies, and demonstrations.  U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local media in case of public disturbances.

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 CautionTravel WarningsTravel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "Traveler's Checklist," which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad. 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 here is the internet web page.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Colombo

Date: December 5, 2014

A December 4 fire at the water supply facility in Malé disrupted water supplies to the capital. Resort islands have not been affected. The government is providing water to the community and working to restore the water facility, but water service in Male likely will be intermittent over the next three to five days.

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. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "Traveler's Checklist," which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad. 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 here is the internet web page.

Message for U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka: Landslides

Date: October 31, 2014

A major landslide on October 29, 2014, in Koslanda, in the Badulla District of Uva Province, resulted in casualties and affected roads and infrastructure in the area.  The Government of Sri Lanka has issued warnings about continued heavy rains and the possibility of more landslides in other areas.  The Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling in Sri Lanka (Central Province and Kalutara District in the Western Province in particular) to monitor local media and stay updated on expected weather and road conditions.   

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.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "Traveler's Checklist,” which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad.  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/.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Maldivian Entry-Exit Restrictions

October 28, 2014

Travelers to Maldives should note that the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced changes to certain entry and exit criteria for foreigners. The Ministry noted that due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Maldives will not issue visas on-arrival for travelers coming from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.  Third-country nationals who have visited these countries will not be eligible for a visa on-arrival until 21 days have elapsed since their visit to these countries.

In addition, as of Oct 19, 2014, foreign workers in the Maldives must submit exit permit forms issued by their employers  before they leave the country. The Maldivian Department of Immigration and Emigration has asked foreign workers to submit the form to Airport Immigration.

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 CautionTravel Warnings,Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "Traveler's Checklist,”which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad.  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/.

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