Assistance in finding medical help
Doctors and Hospitals in Colombo and the Maldives:
If you become sick or hurt, you can contact a hospital or doctor from the list available here (PDF 112 KB) (http://photos.state.gov/libraries/sri-lanka/5/pdfs/Doctor_s_List_2013.pdf). Please note that U.S. Embassy does not endorse or guarantee the competence of any of the doctors or hospitals on this list. If you contact the Embassy, a consular officer can help you find medical assistance and, at your request, inform your family or friends in the event of illness or injury.
Emergency Medical Services:
Falck Ambulance Services provides ground ambulance services in Colombo. The information provided below is not an endorsement of Falck’s service and is provided for informational purposes only.
Falck offers 24/7 ground ambulance services in the greater Colombo area. Falck’s communication and dispatch center, reached by phoning 1990, is staffed by emergency medical dispatchers fluent in English, Sinhala and Tamil. Falck also offers island-wide air-medical evacuation services, urgent and scheduled “Doctor at Home” services, home-based physiotherapy, and 24-hour laboratory collection services.
Use of Falck ambulances is available to both Sri Lankan residents and non-residents. Different policies and fee schedules are available and are based on membership and resident status. Current membership and pricing information is available at http://www.falck.lk/. The site also provides an overview of Falck and answers FAQs regarding their services.
If you have further questions about Falck, please contact Falck directly via their Customer Service Center at +94 117 392 890.
General Medical Information:
Medical facilities outside Colombo are limited. Medical supplies are not widely available; travelers should carry any special medications with them. There are six large hospitals in the Colombo area, including three with emergency trauma service--Asiri Hospital, Apollo Hospital, and the General Hospital. Serious medical problems may require evacuation to the United States or to the nearest country where adequate medical facilities or treatment is available, usually Thailand or Singapore. Neither Thailand nor Singapore requires U.S. citizens to have an entry visa for such purposes.
Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC's Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad consult the World Health Organization's (WHO) website at http://www.who.int/en. Further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith/en/.
The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Please see our information on medical insurance overseas at: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/health/providers.html.
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