are being made for the smooth return of foreign nationals who are presently in
Sri Lanka on tourist and other visa categories. This will be done using both regular
flight movements operating through Sri Lanka and also charter flights that may
be deployed, as the airport remains open for outbound passenger movements.
to facilitate these movements were discussed today at a meeting chaired by
Secretary Foreign Relations, Ravinatha Aryasinha. The meeting was attended by
the Ambassadors representing the western hemisphere as well as representatives
from the Ministry of Defence, Police Department, Department of Immigration,
Airport and Aviation Services, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Civil
Aviation and Sri Lankan Airlines.
view of the curfew which has been imposed, the Acting Inspector General of Police
has assured that the air ticket could be used in lieu of a curfew pass for the
passengers as well as the vehicle and driver that would be transporting the
passengers. Chairman SLTPB said reputed taxi networks and hoteliers have been
requested to assist in these movements.
the meeting, the diplomats present drew attention to the continuing
difficulties faced by their nationals presently in the country on account of
negative reactions experienced by tourists on some occasions from both owners
of tourist lodgings as well as sections of the general public. The Sri Lankan
agencies present emphasized that public measures would be taken to ensure Sri
Lanka’s traditional hospitality to foreign nationals in these difficult
telephones lines have been set up to ensure that such instances will be
reported promptly and dealt with.
contact facilities have also been provided to those foreign nationals who are
being moved to the quarantine centres.
the appeal made by Sri Lanka earlier this week, the representatives of several
governments informed that they had taken steps to extend visas of Sri Lankans
abroad whose visas would have or will expire shortly. The Foreign Ministry was
assured by the other countries that its request was receiving the highest
consideration in other capitals. Earlier, Sri Lanka extended visas for all
visiting foreign nationals by one month.
Ministry of Foreign Relations