Wednesday, 10 December 2014

US issues travel advisory to its citizens in Sri Lanka


US issues travel advisory to its citizens in Sri Lanka

10 December, 2014, Sri LankaUSA NEWS CORP

Sri Lanka is to face election next year. The United States advised its citizens in Sri Lanka to avoid political rallies and demonstrations, during the Presidential Election campaign period.

Overseas Security Advisory Council - Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the US Department of State in a message advised its citizens to monitor local media in case of public disturbances.

“Sri Lanka will hold a Presidential Election 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. US citizens are reminded to avoid polling stations, large public gatherings, political rallies and demonstrations. US citizens are advised to monitor local media in case of public disturbances,” the message stated.

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. The Consular Section's e-mail address is 



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