568 stranded migrant workers from Oman repatriated

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman, in collaboration with the Presidential Secretariat and the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, made special arrangements for the repatriation of 568 stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers from Muscat to Colombo by SriLankan Airlines in two batches on 14 and 15 January.

This group included over 300 stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers who overstayed in the Sultanate of Oman after the expiry of their visas. The Government of Oman granted amnesty to these destitute migrant workers to leave Oman for Sri Lanka, with the full waiver of their penalties and fines. The Embassy provided them with the necessary travel documents, free of charge, to return home. Others in the group included Sri Lankan migrant workers that lost their jobs, those who had been released from prisons, and persons facing medical emergencies.

The Government of Sri Lanka has arranged free PCR tests for all 568 repatriated Sri Lankan migrant workers on their arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, and will provide quarantine facilities for all of them with accommodation, food, and other facilities free of charge for 14 days at a quarantine centre maintained by the Government.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Oman has so far facilitated the repatriation of around 2,600 Sri Lankan migrant workers from Oman to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak.