The Government today urged Sri Lankan expatriates who wish to return, to safely remain where they are now until the risk of COVID-19 virus minimized.
The President's Media Division (PMD) said the Government has taken several effective initiatives to prevent the spread of the pathogen.
"In order to stop the virus coming into the country and its spread, the Government had completely banned overseas arrivals.
Other countries in the world too have taken similar step and suspended travelling within the country as well as foreign tours.
The Government announces that the requests made by Sri Lankan students, businessmen and employees in overseas to return will be considered after containing the disease in the country.
They also run the risk of contracting the disease by traveling through airports or other places from where they are currently located," it said.
Therefore, the Additional Secretary to the President on Foreign Relations, Admiral Jayanath Colombage requested all Sri Lankans who wish to return, to stay safely where they are while sharing their information with the Sri Lankan Embassy or Consulate General offices in their respective countries.
Comments - 8
Damith Rajapaksha Friday, 27 March 2020 07:55 PM
Very good decision. Respect Gotabaya Sir !
HSUW Saturday, 28 March 2020 02:42 PM
Government should have taken this decision at least from 1st of March.Their main agenda was to hold election on time. We have to thanks Election Commission for their bold decison.
Then only everyone think about how danger is it. Appreciate what government is doing now.
Better continue curfew all island while careing citizens who can't get daily food stuff.
JeffK Friday, 27 March 2020 08:16 PM
Hang on tight fellow citizens. Once we get this to 0 inside Sri Lanka we can help fellow Sri Lankans stranded in other countries.
Huna Friday, 27 March 2020 09:42 PM
And then those fellow sri lankans will bring back the virus in to the country again , and then we are back at where we started
Clifford Perera Friday, 27 March 2020 08:44 PM
Very good decision. Do not relax it. The prime duty is to protect 22 million people here.
Wayne Jansz Friday, 27 March 2020 09:30 PM
Many other countries are trying to get there citizens back.but we ???no do not come back
Expat Friday, 27 March 2020 10:30 PM
Well settled expats won't think of coming now. They go to SL to enjoy the warm sun and see their relatives. It's a day dream to think that they will come back
Expat Friday, 27 March 2020 10:47 PM
Why would we come back to Sri Lanka? It's much better where we are!
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