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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/.

 

Message for U.S. Citizens:  New Travel Restrictions for Foreigners

October 21, 2014

On October 16, the Government of Sri Lanka announced that all foreign nationals must receive prior approval from the Sri Lankan Government for travel to the Northern Province. According to a Ministry of Defense press release, the Sri Lankan Government will now require travelers to submit their purpose of travel to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development by fax at 94112328109. Travelers must receive approval before commencing travel.  U.S. citizens should monitor media coverage of local events and this website and be 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.  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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