Saturday March 14, 2020 20:12:38
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has limited consular services at 11 overseas mission in Europe, Iran and Korea after asking airlines to not to board anyone originating or had travelled through the countries as part of anti-Coronavirus (COVID19) measures.
Sri Lankan citizens were not specifically exempted from the ban. The ban would only apply for two weeks, the government has said.
“This decision has been taken in view of the strict restrictive procedures of travel bans and lockdown measures taken by the respective authorities of the countries concerned and also the recent travel ban imposed by the Government of Sri Lanka on all travel originating from these countries,” the foreign ministry said.
The restriction would begin from March 16. Persons needing assistance should make prior appointments.
Missions in Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and Austria, will only provide emergency consular services, the foreign ministry said.
“Temporary/emergency travel documents, issuance and certification of documents relevant to deaths of Sri Lankans and any other emergency consular service, which is deemed necessary, will be provided on a case by case basis,” by prior appointment.
The full statement is reproduced below:
Precautionary measures to limit provision of consular services overseas in 11 Sri Lanka Missions
In view of the present circumstances of the rapid spread of COVID-19 globally, and in order to limit the spread of the virus among Sri Lankans who visit the Sri Lanka Missions overseas, the Ministry of Foreign Relations has decided to limit the provision of consular services in 11 Sri Lanka Missions overseas commencing 16 March until further notice.
These countries include Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and Austria.