Sri Lanka says to allow chartered flights to fly out tourists

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-26 16:55:33|Editor: Liu
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COLOMBO, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka will allow chartered flights from any country to land here to fly out their nationals who are currently in Sri Lanka on holiday or work on request, a statement from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said Thursday.

The statement said that as of Wednesday, there are approximately 18,093 international tourists in the island country according to local immigration authorities, and Sri Lanka Tourism was 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 operates departure flights daily to UK, Melbourne and Narita," the statement said.

"Sri Lanka Tourism would facilitate any country to fly out their nationals on holiday or on work here, back to their home country via charter flights on request," the statement added.

Sri Lanka Tourism further said due to the current islandwide curfew, the police had assured that foreign nationals could use their air tickets as a curfew pass to reach the airport.

Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority earlier this week banned international passenger flights from landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport, until further notice to prevent imported new cases of the COVID-19 into the country, but said departures would continue.

Sri Lanka has so far recorded 101 COVID-19 infected patients while over 200 are under observation.

A curfew in capital Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara, on the outskirts of Colombo and the northern province is in place indefinitely.