Colombo - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

Sri Lanka feels very safe and there is little to no crime. Like most places, there is occasional street harassment from men (if you're a woman). The Easter Sunday terrorist attack happened while we were at post (and we were evacuated for a time afterwards). So that continues to put me on edge, even if the rest of the country seems to have gotten on with things. - Sep 2020


Not that I'm aware of. I feel safe. - Apr 2020


Some people report being harassed by tuk-tuk drivers or passers by. Sri Lankans stare. They don't mean anything by it most of the time. They are generally very warm and welcoming. They love babies and love to touch them. - Sep 2017


Petty crime, some home burgleries, although most homes have alarms which should be used. - Mar 2017


Not really. It's much safer since the civil war ended in 2009. - Sep 2013


Not since the war ended. All checkpoints are now down. - Sep 2012


The civil war just ended in May 2009, there are still armed military checkpoints throughout the city; and very heavy security near Temple Trees on Galle Road. - Dec 2011


Not really, feels very safe. You can live anywhere in the city or the suburbs. Also safe to be out at night. - Feb 2010


Random bus and train bombings. Sri Lankan military and political targets are hit by claymores and roadside IED's. Westerners are relatively safe if they avoid political and military target. - Sep 2008


Yes, there is decades old conflict with bombs going off in Colombo and elsewhere. They are not targetted at foreigners though, who should still avoid public transport where most of the blasts have occurred. - Feb 2008


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