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Message to U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka and Maldives

June 27, 2016

July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections!

In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. 

To mail your paper voting forms or ballots from the U.S. embassy, place your ballots in a postage-paid return envelope or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to your relevant local election officials. 

You may drop these items off at the U.S. Embassy security gate office at 210 Galle Road in Colombo 3 from Monday to Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for delivery to the U.S. via the embassy’s Diplomatic Pouch.  Please note that pouch mail may take an average of three weeks to reach their destination in the United States.     

If you have never voted while overseas before, the process is easy ­-- just follow these steps:

1. Request Your Ballot:  Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).   You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2016 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2016 elections.  The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. 

You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov.  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.   We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website.  FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.  If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.

2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot:   States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.

3. Return Your Completed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  Place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials. 

Researching the Candidates and Issues:  Online Resources.  Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues.  Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain on-line.   You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the internet to locate articles and information.  For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov).  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website, FVAP.govIf you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Embassy Colombo's Voting Assistance Officer at 011-249-8686, or at votecolombo@state.gov address). 

Remember, your vote counts!

June 9, 2016

IRS Webinar "Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT.  Posts should share this information with their local U.S. citizen communities and add the link to their web pages.

To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers or https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  The session will be recorded and made available at a later time on http://www.irsvideos.gov/  or http://ca.m.state.sbu/sites/clearance/OCSClearanceQueue/Lists/Clearances/Attachments/985/irsvideos.gov  .

The webinar will cover:

- Requirements for claiming the foreign income exclusion

- Identifying which form to use: Form 2555 or 2555-EZ

- Specifying information to include on Form 2555 or 2555-EZ

- Live Q&A with IRS subject matter experts. 

May 20, 2016

FLOOD AND LANDSLIDE WARNINGS


Ongoing flood warnings have been issued to some parts of Sri Lanka along with landslide warnings in the districts of Kurunegala, Monaragala, Badulla, Ratnapura, Kandy, Kegalle and Nuwara Eliya.  U.S. citizens residing in or travelling around Sri Lanka should monitor local news and reports from the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (http://www.dmc.gov.lk/index_english.htm), follow the advice of local authorities, and contact their travel agent or tour operator to determine whether the situation may impact their travel arrangements.  We recommend avoiding affected areas to the extent possible.

For further information:

·         We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

·         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 a U.S. citizen with an after-hours 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/.  Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

·         See the State Department's travel website for relevant Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts<http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html>, and Sri Lanka Country Specific Information<http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/sri-lanka.html>.

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Message to U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka and Maldives

February 19, 2016

VOTING FROM ABROAD IN 2016 U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. 

Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2016 U.S. elections:

1.     Request Your Ballot:  Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).   You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2016 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2016 elections.  Completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which the FPCA is submitted.  The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. 

You may complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov.  The online form will ask you questions specific to your state.   On that form we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by e-mail, Internet download or fax, depending on your state).  Include your e-mail address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA per the instructions on the Web site.  FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically, or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.  If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.

2.     Receive and Complete Your Ballot:   States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office, and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you may confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.

3.     Return Your Completed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you may do so free of charge at the U.S. Embassy.

To mail your paper voting forms or ballots from the U.S. embassy, place your ballots in a postage-paid return envelope or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to your relevant local election officials. 

You may drop these items off at the U.S. Embassy security gate office at 210 Galle Road in Colombo 3 from Monday to Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for delivery to the U.S. via the embassy’s Diplomatic Pouch.  Please note that pouch mail may take an average of three weeks to reach their destination in the United States.     

If it is more convenient for you, you may also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via direct international mail or professional courier service at your own expense, rather than through the embassy.

Researching Candidates and Issues:  Online Resources.  Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that may aid your research of candidates and issues.  Non-partisan information about candidates, voting records and positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain on-line.  You may also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the Internet to locate articles and information.  For additional information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov).  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Web site, FVAP.govIf you have questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Embassy Colombo’s Voting Assistance Officer at 011-249-8686, or at votecolombo@state.gov

Remember, your vote counts!

February 9, 2016

U.S. Embassy Colombo has resumed the use of Sri Lankan aviation operator Helitours for official travel.  The Sri Lankan Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) confirms that Helitours meets international standards for aircraft certification and insurance coverage. 

For further information:

  • We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • 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 a U.S. 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/
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Maldives

November 4, 2015

The Government of Maldives has declared a 30-day state of emergency across the entire country that places limits on certain rights under the Maldivian constitution, such as freedom of movement and assembly.  The Maldivian Government stated there will be no restrictions on tourist movements. The airport in Malé and tourist resorts are not expected to be impacted.  U.S. citizens traveling to Maldives, particularly Malé, are advised to exercise caution and stay aware of their surroundings.   

For further information:

  • We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • 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 a U.S. citizen with an after hours 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/
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

 

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Election-Related Violence

August 6, 2015

The Government of Sri Lanka has announced parliamentary elections on August 17, 2015. U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local media and avoid political rallies and demonstrations. Even peaceful rallies and demonstrations may turn violent.

For further information:

  • We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • 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 a U.S. 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/
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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Message to U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka and Maldives

July 21, 2015

U.S. Embassy Colombo has suspended use of Helitours for official travel pending full certification of all Helitours’ aircraft by the Sri Lankan Civil Aviation Administration.

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 after-hours 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 in Maldives

April 30, 2015

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of a planned political protest by opposition parties on the 2.2 square mile capital island of Malé starting at 4:00pm on Friday, May 1, 2015.  Over 10,000 people (of a total population of 105,000) are expected to join the protest, which may gather at the Artificial Beach and march along MajeedheeMagu (the main east-west road in Malé).  U.S.citizens are advised to avoid the main island of Malé during protests.   While there may be protests on other residential islands, the international airport in Malé and tourist resorts islands are not expected to be impacted.

Recent demonstrations in Malé have involved minor confrontations between police, protestors, and counter-protestors, including the throwing of flammable liquids, as well as other harmful objects.  Travelers are reminded that even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent without notice.  U.S. citizens traveling to Maldives, particularly Malé, are advised to exercise caution; those who encounter demonstrations should avoid confrontation, remain calm, depart the area, and return to their hotels.

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 aU.S. 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 to U.S. Citizens Regarding Sri Lankan Dual Citizenship

April 20, 2015

The Sri Lankan Government has started accepting applications for dual citizenship, for which instructions and forms are available on the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration website.

The dual citizenship application process requires a police clearance, issued no earlier than three months prior to the submission of the application. U.S. citizens who require a police clearance from the United States may find useful the information at the U.S. State Department website.

 

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo will not be able to assist U.S. citizens to obtain their individual clearances nor will it be able to provide the services of a fingerprint technician. U.S. citizens who require fingerprinting assistance should contact the local Sri Lankan police station of the area in which they are resident. If the local police station declines to provide the service, U.S. citizens may seek the assistance of the police unit of the Registrar of Fingerprints, located at Independence Square Colombo 7, next to the Ministry of Public Administration. However, please bear in mind that the Sri Lanka Police Department are not obliged to assist American citizens with taking their fingerprints and have every right to decline the service.

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 after-hours 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 to American Citizens : Maldives

Date: 3/11/2015

The U.S. Embassy continues to receive reports of political protests on the capital island of Malé over the February 22, 2015 arrest and ongoing trial of former President and current Opposition Leader Mohamed Nasheed.  Nasheed’s supporters staged a large demonstration in Malé on February 27; there were some confrontations between the protesters and police after the end of the official protests.  Smaller protests or rallies have continued on a regular basis and are expected to go on through the conclusion of the trial.  A common protest area has been along Majeedhee Magu (the main east-west artery in central Malé) and outside the Justice building.  These protests have not affected tourist resorts.

Demonstrations in Malé may occur throughout the week, often on Fridays afternoons and evenings.  Travelers are reminded that even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent without notice.  U.S. citizens traveling to Maldives, particularly Malé, are advised to exercise caution; those who encounter demonstrations should avoid confrontation, remain calm, depart the area, and return to their hotels.

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 Affairswebsite, 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.  For further information, please check our web page or email the Consular Section at colomboacs@state.gov.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstration in Male 2/27/2015

Date: February 24, 2015

The former President of Maldives and its current Opposition Leader, Mohamed Nasheed, was arrested February 22, 2015 in Malé by the Maldives Police.  At the time of his arrest, a large group of protestors in Malé clashed with the police, who responded with tear gas and pepper spray.  Nasheed’s supporters have scheduled a major demonstration in Malé for Friday, February 27, and travelers are urged to avoid the area of the protests during this period.  In the past, mass protests over similar issues have turned violent.  Current reports indicate that tourist resorts and the airport island have not been affected by these events.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  The U.S. Embassy Colombo recommends that U.S. citizens avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Travelers should check the U.S. Embassy Colombo website for possible updates, monitor media coverage of local events and remain aware of their surroundings at all times.  We also suggest that travelers review their personal security plans and follow the instructions of local authorities.

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 regularly should monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide CautionTravel WarningsTravel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  U.S. citizens should also review "Traveler's Checklist,” which includes valuable security information for those both 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 up-to-date 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.

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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