A total of 242 Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka were repatriated on a special Air India  flight from Colombo to Delhi-Lucknow - Gaya on Monday while 202 Sri Lankan nationals also returned home from India through this  flight.

The repatriation program is part  of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, an initiative by the Government 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 nationals at the Bandaranaike International Airport and bid them 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.

Nearly 1500 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 Jalashwa which made a voyage from Colombo to Tuticorin on 1 June, another special Air India Flight on 15 June and through various charter flights, the Indian HC said in a press release.

Indian nationals heading home