Sri Lanka to repatriate Covid-stranded citizens from Indonesia, Russia, Bangladesh, Qatar, Belarus
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will repatriate citizens stranded in Indonesia, Russia, Bangladesh, Qatar and Belarus due to Coronaviris between May 21 and 28, the state information office said.
Qatar Airways flies daily to Sri Lanka but no Sri Lankan is allowed to board the aircraft under current rules.
Sri Lankans in Maldives and the Middle East will be brought back next.
SriLankan Airlines also flies cargo flights to 27 destinations where passé gers could be brought back if necessary.
There were about 12,000 Sri Lankans abroad who had gone of short term visas who will be brought back subject to availability of quarantine spots, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunewardene had informed the cabinet of ministers.
Sri Lanka has so far brought back 4,500 citizens. Another 41,000 citizens are hoping to come back to Sri Lanka. (Colombo/May21/2020)