Indian Naval ship INS Jalashwa will leave Colombo Pport for Tuticorin Port
on June 1 to repatriate Indian nationals mostly from Tamil Nadu stranded in the
island according to the Indian high commission at the Sri Lankan capital,
reports Sri Lankan media.
The ship will carry Indian nationals domiciled in Tamil Nadu. The voyage
will be next in the series of Samudra Setu, an exercise in which Indian Naval
Ships have been deployed to bring back stranded Indians abroad.
Not all the persons stranded in the island will find space in the first
trip of the ship the high commission says asking the stranded people to remain
patient and wait for their turn. The high commission note also does not mention
when the ship would call again at Colombo port
The manifest for this voyage will be prepared on the basis of registrations
received by the High Commission of India, Colombo.
Priority will be
given to compelling cases in distress, including migrant workers/labourers
Priority will be given to compelling cases in distress, including migrant
workers/labourers who have been laid off, short term visa holders faced with
expiry of visa, people with medical emergency/pregnant women/elderly, those
required to return to India due to death of family member, and students as
stated in the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Home Ministry.
The formation regarding this voyage will be updated on the High Commission
of India website.
As the High Commission of India, Colombo, has received a large number of
repatriation requests, from Indian nationals, stranded in Sri Lanka, only some
of the registered people would be accommodated on this voyage.
The high commission release however did not mention the number of people
seeking repatriation to Tamil nadu as well as the capacity of the naval ship to
passengers, for this voyage, will be informed by the High Commission of India
The short-listed passengers, for this voyage, will be informed by the High
Commission of India. Passengers will bear the cost of travel, for this voyage,
as well as for mandatory quarantine facilities, on arrival in India.
Information regarding quarantine facilities and Standard Operating
Procedure, followed by respective States/UT Governments, is available on the
High Commission of India website.
Those stranded Indian nationals, who have not yet registered with the High
Commission, are requested to do so on the following link https://hcicolombo.gov.in/COVID_helpline
The Indian high commission urges all stranded Indian nationals to be
patient and follow the updates on the High Commission’s website and social