Sri Lanka Travel Advisory

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Reconsider travel to Sri Lanka due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for Sri Lanka due to COVID-19.   

Sri Lanka has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. 

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, hospitals, and other public areas. 

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in remote areas. 

Read the country information page. 

If you decide to travel to Sri Lanka: 

  • See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.   
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.    
  • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues. 
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities. 
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information. 
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. 
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Sri Lanka. 
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information. 


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