State Dept Travel Advisory - Level 2

Sri Lanka Level 2 Travel Advisory Issued

Sri Lanka Travel Advisory issued by the US Department of State
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The US Department of State issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory for the country of Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. 

This Level 2 Advisory, Exercise Increased Caution, says terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. 

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

Additionally, the Canadian and United Kingdom governments also issued Travel Advises on April 21, 2019. 

Additionally, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan released the following statement in response to the reported terror attacks in Sri Lanka: 

“On behalf of the men and women of DHS, I want to express condolences and sympathies for those affected by the Easter Sunday attack on multiple hotels and places of worship in Sri Lanka. 

“DHS stands resolutely with persons of every faith who look to worship in safety and peace. We will continue our work with partners around the world to ensure that all are able to worship without fear. 

“As the Department has made clear regarding attacks on members of multiple faiths: religious liberty for all is a hallmark of this country and attacks on peaceful people in their places of worship are abhorrent and must not be allowed. 

“At this time we are not aware of any current, credible or active threat domestically. Regardless, the Department is doing all it can to protect the homeland from potential violent extremists. 

“We will continue to monitor the situation as the response to this tragedy unfolds and investigations continue.”

The State Department says if you decide to travel to Sri Lanka: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and crowded public venues.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency,
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations, such as this Traveler’s Checklist.

The US Embassy in Sri Lanka is located at 210 Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka, and the telephone number is +94 (11) 249-8500.

Previously, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update its vaccination suggestions when visiting Sri Lanka, on March 29, 2019. 

The CDC suggests the MMR, Routine vaccines and certain other vaccines, depending upon your health history.

Pre-trip vaccine and medication reviews can be easily scheduled at Vax-Before-Travel.

Relevant Links: CDC vaccination schedules, CDC vaccine price list, international travel alerts, and report vaccine side effects.