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U.S. CITIZEN MESSAGES
 

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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