U.S. Department of State Issues Level 3 Warning for Sri Lanka: Reconsider Travel
The U.S. Department of State issued a Level 2 travel advisory for Sri Lanka, following the suicide bomb attacks that took place a few days ago. Soon after it was increased to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.
The new travel warning indicates that terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Sri Lanka, which prompted the government to increase the warning on Friday. The Level 3 warning came just one day before a shootout between Sri Lankan police and suspected terrorists that left ten civilians (among whom were six children) and six suspected terrorists dead.
The Department of State ordered all school-age family members (K-12th grade) of U.S. government employees in Sri Lanka to depart the country. They also authorized a voluntary departure for non-emergency U.S. employees and their families.
Other Level 3 countries include Pakistan, Nigeria, Turkey, Lebanon, Honduras and Nicaragua. Level 4 is the highest travel advisory warning.