Sri Lanka repatriates nationals stranded in Thailand

ECONOMYNEXT – A group of 87 Sri Lanka nationals stranded in Thailand had been repatriated on a SriLankan Airlines charter flight, the island’s embassy in Bangkok said.

Several Buddhist monks, students and some who were on short term visas had arrived in Colombo on August 21 and would be quarantined.

It was the second such group that had been repatriated.

The repatriation was supported by Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand as well and regional office of the International Office for Migration in Thailand, the embassy said.

The SriLankan aircraft had carried a number of Thai nationals and SriLankans who had re-entry permission from Colombo in a program co-ordinated by the Royal Thai embassy in Colombo.

Earlier in the month, Sri Lanka’s embassy in Colombo had also helped repatriate a group of 16 Sri Lankans in from Cambodia via Singapore. (Colombo/Aug21/2020)

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