“Repatriation of Sri Lankans stranded in the Philippines”
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila together with the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka, the Presidential Secretariat and SriLankan Airlines, repatriated 223 Sri Lankans stranded in the Philippines due to COVID-19 pandemic by SriLankan Airlines flight last evening (11th June 2020).
This included the students, short-term visa holders, seafarers and others returning on humanitarian grounds.
At the airport, facilitations were also made on the extension of visa, immigration waivers and clearances for the students and other personnel to return.
Over a period of three months, while Philippines was under community quarantine (lockdown), with the support of the host country agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism, Bureau of Immigration, Civil Aviation Authority, Civil Aeronautics Board, local government units of Pangasinan, Tarlac City and Los Banos, Laguna, faculty and administrators of University of the Philippines Los Banos; and Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, the expat Sri Lankans living in the Philippines including students and seafarers were assisted in evey possible way by attending to their needs and giving them emotional support to cope with the challenges associated with the unprecedented situation.
The Embassy extends its warmest appreciation to all related organizations both in the Philippines and Sri Lanka which facilitated the repatriation process.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
12 June 2020