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Indian Naval Ship to leave Colombo Port for Tuticorin on June 1; passengers to bear the cost of travel as well as for mandatory quarantine facilities

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 carry passengers

The short-listed 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 media.

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