Sri Lanka repatriates 320 stranded migrant workers from Oman
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it repatriated 320 stranded migrant workers out of which more than 81 workers had overstayed after the expiry of their visas.
Others included Sri Lankan migrant workers who lost their jobs, sheltered at the Embassy Safe House, released from prisons and were under medical emergencies, MFA said.
The Government of Oman had granted an amnesty for the Sri Lankan migrant workers to leave Oman with the full waiver of their penalties and fines.
“Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Sultanate of Oman Ameer Ajwad extended his sincere gratitude to the Government of His Majesty 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,” the statement said.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Muscat provided them with necessary travel documents free of charge to return back home.
After their arrival in Sri Lanka, the government had given free PCR tests and is also providing free quarantine with food for the 14 days. (Colombo/Feb28/2021)