Over 19,000 stranded Sri Lankans in UAE to be repatriated | Daily News

Over 19,000 stranded Sri Lankans in UAE to be repatriated

A large number of Sri Lankans in the UAE have registered to return home and many cannot afford paid quarantine, PCR tests and air tickets, Nalinda Wijerathna, Consul-General of Sri Lanka in Dubai told Khaleej Times.

“There are 19,000 wishing to go back. Around 5,000 of those registered, who could not afford quarantine and air tickets, have returned. The mission paid for their requirements,” Wijerathna said.

“The airports in Sri Lanka are still not open for commercial operations, so these are special repatriation flights. Moreover, at a given time, only 7,000 international returnees can be placed in government quarantines and this too causes a slight delay in their return.”

Flights organised to Sri Lanka are done in partnership with Sri Lankan Airlines and some flights are also organised by Emirates Airlines. - Khaleej Times