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First group of 290 stranded Sri Lankan nationals repatriated

29 Jun 2020

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Oman has repatriated the first group of stranded Sri Lankan nationals from Muscat to Colombo by Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL306 on June 28, 2020. 

The group consisting 290 stranded Sri Lankan nationals who had registered with the embassy in the aftermath of COVID-19 outbreak, included short term visitors, pregnant women, students, female domestic workers, job losers, medical and personal emergency categories. The group also included Sri Lankan doctors who have completed their employment contracts and assignments in the Sultanate. 

All returnees will be undergoing mandatory quarantine on arrival in Colombo at government quarantine centres free of charge and self-paid quarantine at hotels allocated by the government authorities. 

Stranded Omani nationals in Sri Lanka and a group of Sri Lankan doctors who are employed by the Ministry of Health of Oman were also repatriated from Colombo to Muscat by the Sri Lankan Airlines’ inbound flight that arrived in Muscat from Colombo on Sunday night. 

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Muscat extended its appreciation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health as well as immigration, aviation and Muscat International Airport authorities of the Sultanate of Oman for their support and cooperation in facilitating smooth repatriation process both ways, the embassy stated. 

The Embassy also thanked the well-wishers who extended financial assistance to the stranded Sri Lankan nationals to obtain their PCR Tests before their dep 

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