The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait has reaffirmed Sri Lanka that no Sri Lankan passenger with COVID-19 symptoms has been allowed to board the aircraft which brought
them to Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Relations said.


Through Diplomatic Notes on 11 and 14 May 2020, prior to their eventual departure from Kuwait on two Kuwait Airways flights on 19 May, the Sri Lanka embassy in Kuwait had requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait to conduct PCR tests on those being repatriated.

However, the embassy was informed that this would not be possible but assured that no passenger with coronavirus symptoms would be allowed to board the aircraft. It had also been stated that PCR tests had not been done on any of the returnees from other countries leaving Kuwait, Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry revealed.

Taking stock of the developments concerning those repatriated from Kuwait, it was noted that of the 466 returnees, 379 were those benefiting from the amnesty who had surrendered to the camps between 21-25 April and had been awaiting repatriation. 87 were those from Kuwaiti detention centres and prisons.