More Sri Lankans stranded in Singapore return

More Sri Lankans stranded in Singapore returned home today on a special SriLankan Airlines flight.

SriLankan Airlines flight UL 303 carrying 291 passengers arrived in Sri Lanka today.

The group consisted of individuals from the migrant worker, student, short term travellers and medical evacuation categories.

All repatriated individuals will be undergoing mandatory quarantine at designated Government quarantine centres or at hotels allocated for this purpose.

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore for their cooperation in this endeavour.

Several Singaporean Charities and organizations, namely Rotary Club of Singapore, Mahakaruna Buddhist Society, Jamiyah Singapore, Tzu Chi Foundation, Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) & Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA), Homeless Hearts of Singapore and Project Providence, as well as Sri Lankan community members including the Singapore- Sri Lanka Business Association helped us tremendously in sustaining the stranded Sri Lankans during this period. Mr. Hosney Fathah together with a group of SriLankan community members also supported those, who couldn’t afford to pay for their air tickets.

As at 27 May, 42,522 persons from 123 countries were seeking to return to Sri Lanka. Of these, migrant workers amounted to 34,881 of which 20,893 are living in the Middle East, while 4,961 were short term visa holders, and 2,016 were students. (Colombo Gazette)

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