A group of 156 Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka were repatriated on a special Air India flight from Colombo to Kochi and Bengaluru today.
The flight was scheduled as part of phase III 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 COVID19 pandemic.
Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay met the departing Indian nationals at the Bandaranaike International Airport and bid them a safe journey and thanked the Government and people of Sri Lanka for their cooperation in the repatriation of stranded Indian nationals from Sri Lanka.
Over 1000 Indian nationals have been repatriated from Sri Lanka so far including this flight through a special Air India Flight on 29 May 2020, Indian Naval Ship Jalashwawhich made a voyage from Colombo to Tuticorin on 01 June and through various charter flights.
The next special flight from Sri Lanka Air India AI 0282 from Colombo to Delhi –Lucknow- Gaya is scheduled on 22 June 2020,the Indian High Commission said in a press release.
Based on the registrations received by the High Commission of India, a passenger manifest has been prepared for these travels/voyages. Priority is being 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.
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/COVID_helpline We urge all stranded Indian nationals to be patient and follow the updates on High Commission’s website and social media.