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Sri Lanka - State of Emergency

On 6 March 2018, the Sri Lankan Government declared a nationwide State of Emergency due to incidents of communal unrest. The State of Emergency provided authorities with increased powers to search individuals, impose roadblocks and curfews, and to limit public gatherings. Access to social messaging networks had also been restricted. The State of Emergency was lifted on 18 March 2018. 

We continue to advise New Zealanders in Sri Lanka to exercise vigilance throughout the country and avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. If you are in an area affected by demonstrations or violence, you should find a safe location and remain indoors until it is safe to depart, adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Monitor the media to stay informed of local developments and potential risks to safety and security.

New Zealanders in Sri Lanka requiring consular assistance should contact the New Zealand High Commission in New Dehli, India, which is accredited to Sri Lanka: +91 11 4688 3170, or at

New Zealanders in Sri Lanka are advised to update their registration information or take this opportunity to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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