Special flights to repatriate stranded tourists in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has taken measures to repatriate tourists who are stranded in Sri Lanka due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Issuing a press release, the SLTDA said the Government will allow charter flights to fly out remaining tourists on holiday or on work in Sri Lanka on request.

It said according to the Department of Immigration and Emigration there were approximately 18,093 international tourists in the country as of 25 March.

The SLTDA said it is closely working with the ministry of Foreign Relations, and respective embassies and high commissions to arrange necessary facilities.

The press release further said despite arrivals being suspended into the country, all departures will be supported, as Srilankan Airlines has been operating departure flights daily to the UK, Melbourne and Narita. 

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority further requested service providers in the hospitality industry hosting international tourists, to support tourists with airport transportation. 

The Acting Inspector General of Police has assured that the air ticket could be used in lieu of a curfew pass for the passengers as well as the vehicle and driver, due to the current curfew in the country, it added.

Tourists who are unable to find transport to get to the airport, have been requested to contact the closest Police Station or SLTDA 24/7 hotline in 1912. (Colombo Gazette)

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