COVID-19: First repatriation flight for Sri Lankan nationals departs from Oman

Merge 104.8  |  29 June 2020

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman has confirmed the departure of the first repatriation flight for stranded Sri Lankan nationals on Sunday, June 28 from Muscat International Airport.

Cover photo credit: Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman

In a statement issued online, the Embassy confirmed that 290 passengers onboard Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL 306 left the Sultanate bound for Colombo.

Among the passengers, who had registered with the Embassy for the flight, were pregnant women, students, short-term visitors, female domestic workers, those with medical and personal emergencies, and expats who had lost their jobs in Oman due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement by the Sri Lankan Embassy also noted that Sri Lankan doctors who had completed their contracts in the Sultanate were also included among the passengers.

In a statement issued by the Embassy, officials said: “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.”

Embassy officials have expressed their thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, as well as immigration, aviation, and Muscat International Airport authorities in Oman for helping to facilitate the repatriation process.

(Also read: Oman Airports releases journey guidelines for travelers in airport startup plan.)