One hundred and thirty (130) Sri Lankans stranded in Pakistan as a result of lockdown and loss of occupation due to the spread of Covind19 in Pakistan, were repatriated yesterday by a special Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL 1181/2 from Lahore and Karachi airports.
The Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad, supported by the Consulate General in Karachi coordinated the repatriation arrangements as approved by the Presidential Secretariat. This is the second such group that left from Pakistan after the first group that left on 21 April 2020, comprising mainly of university students and government officials who had arrived in Pakistan for training.
The Sri Lankan authorities received strong support and assistance from the Pakistani authorities in this process. Seventy Four (74) Sri Lankans boarded the plane from Karachi Muhammad Ali Jinnah International Airport, while 56 people boarded from Allama Iqbal International Airport – Lahore.
Unlike last instance, all passengers were subjected to PCR tests before boarding the Aircraft in Pakistan and they were scheduled to be tested again on arrival at Katunayake Sri Lanka, before transporting to quarantine purposes.
-Press release – The High Commision of Sri Lanka – Islamabad