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Security Announcement: Sri Lanka (Colombo), Possible U.S. Embassy Closure

South Central Asia > Sri Lanka > Colombo

U.S. Embassy Colombo released the following Warden Message on June 29, 2011:

The Embassy has been informed that a group is planning a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy at approximately 2:00 pm today. If the protest does occur the Embassy will be locked down until the protest is over. All Americans are advised to avoid visiting the Embassy today. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and become violent.   If you have an urgent requirement for citizen services please call 011-249-8686 to schedule an appointment for Thursday, June 30th.

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's latest Country Specific Information and the Worldwide Caution.  U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), to receive the latest travel updates and information and to obtain updated information on travel and security issues.  

For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad".  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Please note that the United States does not have an Embassy in Maldives, but U.S. citizens in need of assistance can contact the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The telephone number is +94 11 249-8500.  The number for after-hours emergencies is +94 11 249-8888.  The fax number is +94 11 249-8501.  The Consulate's e-mail address is colomboacs@state.gov  and its Internet web page is http://srilanka.usembassy.gov.