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Oman extends amnesty for stranded Sri Lankan workers till June

ECONOMYNEXT – The government of Oman has extended an amnesty granted to stranded Sri Lankan workers with a full waiver of all penalties and fines until June 2021, allowing the Sri Lankan embassy in Oman to repatriate some 425 migrant workers so far, the embassy said.

The embassy repatriated a group of 248 stranded Sri Lankan workers from Muscat on April 1, including those who had overstayed their visas, released from prisons or faced medical emergencies.

The visas of 45 Sri Lankans had expired, embassy said in a statement.

The government of Sri Lanka has provided free PCR tests and is also providing free quarantine with food for the quarantine period, the statement said.

The embassy has also provided the necessary travel documents free of charge, it said.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Sultanate of Oman Ameer Ajwad, the statement said, has extended his 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 with the exemption of their penalties/fines and for the further extension of the amnesty period until 30 June 2021.” (Colombo/Apr06/2021)

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