February 26, 2020
tami sin youtube  twitter facebook

    Sri Lankan students returns from China Featured

    January 27, 2020
     

    Sri Lankan students studying in China are now returning from China. The Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing said that a group of 21 students have left for Sri Lanka this afternoon.The President’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Ministry of Health, Sri Lankan Embassy in China and SriLankan Airlines are coordinating the evacuation process.

    Students from Sichuan and various others parts in China are being transported to airports by bus. 30 students remaining in the city of Nanning will also join them.Discussions are currently underway with the Chinese government to bring back Sri Lankan students in Wuhan which is currently locked down.The national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has taken measures to provide air tickets to students at a discount rate of 50%. Facilities are available to connect with the Airline through its hotline. Payment through a third-party credit card is also permitted.

    Collecting information on students in China has now been completed. A National Action Committee to prevent the spreading of coronavirus comprising health experts was appointed under the direction of the President. The committee is scheduled to meet today and discuss future steps.

    Relevant authorities frequently communicate with students to verify their well-being. Those who had arrived from China are requested to attend regular medical screening and to be vigilant about their bodily temperature.They are also requested to wear face masks for at least 20 days.Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority had set up a separate arrival terminal supported by precautionary.

    Earilier the Ministry of Foreign Relations issued the following release:
    Monday, January 27, 2020 - 15:14
    Local

    Sri Lankan students studying in China are now returning from China. The Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing said that a group of 21 students have left for Sri Lanka this afternoon.

     

    The President’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Ministry of Health, Sri Lankan Embassy in China and SriLankan Airlines are coordinating the evacuation process.

    Students from Sichuan and various others parts in China are being transported to airports by bus. 30 students remaining in the city of Nanning will also join them.

    Discussions are currently underway with the Chinese government to bring back Sri Lankan students in Wuhan which is currently locked down.

    The national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has taken measures to provide air tickets to students at a discount rate of 50%. Facilities are available to connect with the Airline through its hotline. Payment through a third-party credit card is also permitted.

    Collecting information on students in China has now been completed. A National Action Committee to prevent the spreading of coronavirus comprising health experts was appointed under the direction of the President. The committee is scheduled to meet today and discuss future steps.

    Relevant authorities frequently communicate with students to verify their well-being. Those who had arrived from China are requested to attend regular medical screening and to be vigilant about their bodily temperature.

    They are also requested to wear face masks for at least 20 days.

    Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority had set up a separate arrival terminal supported by precautionary.

    On the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing today, submitted an application to land a Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft in Wuhan city airport to airlift 32 Sri Lankan students including their family members. The Embassy is closely following up with the Foreign Ministry of China and Foreign Affairs Office of the Wuhan Province to expedite the process of obtaining clearance for the landing of the aircraft, as soon as they are allowed to travel out of their present locations.

    The Ministry, Embassy and Consulate Generals are also working with the Sri Lankan Airlines in seeking to operationalize instructions to bring back all other Sri Lankan students presently in China. It is estimated that presently approximately 860 students remain in China, spread in various city centres throughout the country.

    Meanwhile, the Embassy in Beijing, Consulate Generals in Guangzhou and Shanghai are in constant touch with the Sri Lankan students in Wuhan and other parts of China to provide information with regard to the precautionary measures to be taken to prevent any infection. The Mission and posts have not received any information on any Sri Lankans infected by the Coronavirus.

    In order to provide assistance to the Sri Lankan students and professionals living in China who wish to return to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Relations Ministry in collaboration with its Mission in Beijing and Posts in Shanghai and Guangzhou has secured the immediate application of 50% discount on the airfare of Sri Lankan Airlines for its regular flights operating to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. All Sri Lankan citizens who would like to travel to Sri Lanka from China will be able to obtain 50% discount of the marked fare by calling the Sri Lankan Airlines call center on 0094-777771979.

    The Mission and the Posts are on a 24-hour operation to provide any assistance for Sri Lankans living in China, their parents and relatives. Information can be received from the Mission by calling the hotline on 0086-10-65321861/2. The following officers can also be contacted for queries about the Sri Lankans living in China and their relatives. The officers can be reached on a 24-hour basis on the following numbers:

    Mr. Alexi Gunasekera, Minister (Commercial) Mob. 0086 13070138025

    Brig. Kalpa Sanjeewa, Minister Counsellor (Defence) Mob. 0086 13051733302

    Mrs. Inoka Weerasinghe, Second Secretary Mob. 0086 15116905523

    Mrs. Thilini Gunaratne, Second Secretary Mob. 0086 13121722296

    Mrs. Manorie Mallikaratchy, the Consul General of Shanghai can be contacted on 0086 13472771702 or Mrs. Geetha Perera, Attaché on 0086 159 0094 6639 to obtain information regarding Sri Lankans living in Shanghai, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Hunan.

    Mrs. Priyangika Dharmasena, the Consul General of Guangzhou can be contacted on 0086 18814134670 or Mrs. U.K.G.Roshini, Attaché on 0086 13902301874 for information regarding the Sri Lankans living in Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan, Guangxi, Jiangxi.

     

    dgi log front

    recu

    electionR2

    Desathiya