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  • There are approximately 18,093 foreign tourists stranded in the country at present

By Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya  

Steps have been taken to arrange charter flights to fly out the tourists who are stranded in the country, to get to their home countries, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said.  

According to immigration authorities, there are approximately 18,093 foreign tourists are in the country. The Sri Lanka Tourism is closely working with the Foreign Ministry and respective embassies and high commissions to arrange necessary facilities.  


“Though arrivals are suspended into the country, all departures are supported and SriLankan Airlines operate departure flights daily to UK, Australia and Japan,” the authority said. Tourism Development Authority said it would facilitate any country to fly out their nationals back to their home country via charter flights on request. They also request service provider in the hospitality industry currently hosting international tourists, to support tourists with airport transportation.   


“Due to the current curfew in the country, Acting IGP has assured that the air tickets could be used as curfew passes for the passengers as well as the vehicles and drivers,” the authority said.  Tourists, who are unable to find transport to get to the airport, are requested to contact the nearest Police Station or Sri Lanka Tourism 24/7 hotline on 1912.  

 

  • Though arrivals are suspended departures are supported and SriLankan to operate departure flights daily to UK, Australia and Japan
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