Sri Lankan Embassy helps in repatriation of 568 workers

Oman Sunday 17/January/2021 19:29 PM
By: Times News Service
Sri Lankan Embassy helps in repatriation of 568 workers

Muscat: The Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman, in collaboration with the President Secretariat and the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, made special arrangements for the repatriation of 568 stranded workers from Muscat to Colombo.

They went back home by the Sri Lankan airlines in two batches on January 14 and 15, 2021. Those deported included more than 300 stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers who had overstayed in the Sultanate after the expiry of their visas.

The Government of Oman has waived off the fines of workers provided they leave Oman for the good. The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Muscat provided them with necessary travel documents free of charge to return home.

Others included workers who lost their jobs, released from prisons and who were under medical emergencies.

The ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Sultanate, Oman Ameer Ajwad, extended his sincere gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik for the generous gesture extended to the Sri Lankan workers for their home return.

The Government of Sri Lanka has arranged free PCR tests for all the workers on their arrival at the BIA and provided quarantine facilities to all of them, food and other facilities free of charge for 14 days at a Government Quarantine Centre