A Kuwait Airways flight carrying 300 Sri Lankan nationals from Kuwait landed yesterday at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. The group of Sri Lankans arrived in the country onboard Kuwait Airways flight KU 1451 last evening. The repatriation of Sri Lankans who have sought to benefit from the Amnesty declared by the Kuwaiti Government for Sri Lankans who are out of status commenced. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who had a telephone discussion with his Kuwaiti Counterpart Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah on the 18th of this month had agreed that the first batch of returnees, numbering approximately 460, will arrive on two Kuwaiti Airways flights.
The Foreign Minister also said in consultation with the immigration authorities, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait will verify and issue emergency travel documents to those Sri Lankan nationals who will qualify for the Amnesty when the Kuwaiti government reopens for them to register.
The general Amnesty enables those out of status to leave with no consequences, and also to return to Kuwait for work in a legal manner.