Muscat: 290 Sri Lankan nationals arrived home on their country’s first repatriation flight from Oman.
They landed in Colombo on 28 June 2020, on board Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL 306. Flights for Sri Lankan overseas workers in Oman who wish to return home are being organised by the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Presidential Secretariat and Sri Lankan Airlines.
The group consisted of those who’d registered with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Oman, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, and included short term visitors, pregnant women, students, female domestic workers, those who’d lost their jobs, and people who needed to travel due to medical and personal emergencies.
The group also included Sri Lankan doctors who have completed their employment contracts and assignments in the Sultanate of Oman. 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 the Sultanate of Oman were also repatriated from Colombo to Muscat by the above Sri Lankan Airlines inbound flight that arrived in Muscat from Colombo on 28 June 2020.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Muscat wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health as well as the immigration, aviation and Muscat International Airport authorities of the Sultanate of Oman for their kind support and cooperation in facilitating the smooth repatriation process both ways.
The embassy also wishes to place on record its sincere gratitude to well-wishers of the Sri Lankan community, who extended financial assistance to some of the Sri Lankan nationals, in helping them obtain their PCR tests before their departure.