More than 500 stranded foreign workers in Oman repatriated
ECONOMYNEXT – More than 500 Sri Lankan foreign workers in Oman have been repatriated last week free of charge the Foreign Ministry said.
They include around 300 foreign workers who had overstayed their visas in the Sultanate, some who had lost their jobs and others who were released from prisons.
The Government of Oman granted an amnesty for these destitute migrant workers to leave Oman for Sri Lanka with the full waiver of their penalties and fines, the Ministry said in a statement released yesterday.
The Sri Lanka government provided them with necessary travel documents free of charge to return back home.
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Sultanate of Oman Ameer Ajwad extended his sincere gratitude to the Government of Sultan Haitham bin Tarik for the generous gesture extended to the destitute Sri Lankan migrant workers for their return back home.
The Government of Sri Lanka arranged free PCR tests for all 568 destitute Sri Lankan migrant workers on their arrival at the BIA and provide quarantine facilities for all of them with accommodation, food and other facilities free of charge for 14 days at a Quarantine Center maintained by the Government.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Oman has so far facilitated around 2600 Sri Lankan migrant workers to return from Oman to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of COVID-19 outbreak the release added. (Colombo, January 20, 2021)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana