Colombo, July 3 (newsin.asia): One hundred and seventeen Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka because of the Covid-19 lockdown were repatriated by a special Air India (AI 0274) flight from Colombo to Chennai on Friday.
The flight was part of phase IV of the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, a Government of India initiative to repatriate Indian nationals from all over the world to India.
Further special repatriation flights from Sri Lanka are:
AI 0282 – Colombo to Delhi 08 July 2020 and AI 0282 – Colombo to Delhi 18 July 2020
Based on the registrations received by the High Commission of India, a passenger manifest will be prepared for these flights. Priority will be given to compelling cases in distress, including migrant workers/labourers who have been laid off, short term visa holders faced with expiry of visa, people with medical emergency/ pregnant women/elderly, those required to return to India due to death of family member, and students as stated in the Standard Operating Procedure issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
The Indian nationals who were stranded in Sri Lanka due to restrictions on international travel because of COVID19 pandemic have expressed their happiness at the opportunity to return home. Over 1600 Indian nationals have been repatriated from Sri Lanka so far including this flight through three special Air India Flight on 29 May, 15 June and 22 June, 2020, Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa which made a voyage from Colombo to Tuticorin on 01 June and through various charter flights.
Those stranded Indian nationals who have not yet registered with the High Commission may kindly do so on the following link -https://hcicolombo.gov.in/COVIDhelpline . We urge all stranded Indian nationals to follow updates on High Commission’s website and social media.