Indian govt undertakes repatriation of stranded Indians in SL

The government of India under the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ is undertaking the largest ever evacuation of stranded Indian nationals across the world including from Sri Lanka where a large number of repatriation requests had been received by the High Commission in Colombo.

In a communiqué, a special Air India flight (AI 0276) from Colombo to Mumbai has been arranged to take passengers from Sri Lanka. The manifest for the flight is being prepared by the High Commission based on the registrations that had been received thus far.

“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.” the high commission said.

“As the High Commission of India, Colombo has received a large number of repatriation requests from Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka, only some of the registered people would be accommodated on this flight that has been scheduled. Short-listed passengers for this flight will be informed through email by the High Commission of India.

Passengers will bear the cost of travel by this flight as well as for mandatory quarantine facilities on arrival in India. Information regarding quarantine facilities and Standard operating Procedure followed by respective States/UT Governments is available on the High Commission of India website.

Those stranded Indian nationals who have not yet registered with the High Commission have been requested to log into this webpage for information.

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