153 more stranded Indians repatriated from SL

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One hundred and fifty three Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka were repatriated on a special Air India (AI 0282) flight from Colombo to Delhi 


The flight was scheduled as part of phase IV of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ a Government of India initiative to undertake the largest ever repatriation from all over the world for return of Indian nationals stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next special repatriation flight from Sri Lanka under Vande Bharat Mission is AI 0282 - Colombo to Delhi, 

18 July 2020.

Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay met the Indian nationals at the Bandaranaike International Airport and bid the happy passengers a safe journey. He thanked the Government and people of Sri Lanka for their continued cooperation in the repatriation of stranded Indian nationals from Sri Lanka.

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 the COVID-19 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, 22 June and 03 July 2020, Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa which made a voyage from Colombo to Tuticorin on 01 June and through various charter flights.

The High Commission requested those stranded Indian nationals who have not yet registered with the High Commission do so on the following link: https://hcicolombo.gov.in/COVID_helpline. It also urged all stranded Indian nationals to follow updates on High Commission’s website and 

social media.