Sri Lankans overseas urged not to return

Sri Lankans residing overseas have been urged not to return to Sri Lanka until the coronavirus threat is over, the President’s office said.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission is in the process of compiling details of Sri Lankan students in South India and working on ensuring their safety and welfare.

There are around 600 Sri Lankan students all over India dispersed throughout various States. In Southern India alone 191 students have registered themselves at the Mission.

The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission is in touch with the students and respective institutions to ensure their welfare and has advised all students to stay indoors and remain safe with all precautionary measures. The Mission constantly monitors their situation and is committed to assist and ensure the safety and welfare of the students.

Further, the  Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka launched  “Contact Sri Lanka” a web portal welcoming Sri Lankans living abroad to voluntarily  register at www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk. Registering online in the web portal  will allow  the Ministry  of Foreign Relations  to reach out  during  emergencies  such as  the  COVID-19 outbreak.

This portal will connect Overseas Sri Lankans with stakeholders in Sri Lanka  and a network of Sri Lanka Missions overseas.

A dedicated team of  officials  have already been assigned  by the  Ministry of Foreign Relations  to respond  to queries  of Overseas Sri Lankans  and  also to act  as an online help desk during emergencies. 

Registration by country will also  allow  the Ministry   of Foreign Relations to propose  concrete  policy  decisions  to critical  response  situations,  which include evacuation depending on the  number  of emergency  assistance  requests generated. Therefore, Sri Lankans living abroad are invited to benefit from this portal. (Colombo Gazette)

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