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Over 18,000 tourists stranded in Sri Lanka to be repatriated

Sri Lanka's Tourism Development Authority announced that they have made arrangements to repatriate 18,093 foreign tourists who are currrently stranded on the island due to the coronavirus outbreak, Adaderana reported

In a press release, the authority stated that they are working alongside the Foreign Ministry and respective embassies to arrange the necessary facilities. Tourists will be flown out of Sri Lanka as the airport remains open for outbound journeys. 

An island-wide curfew was imposed last Friday, following the government's decision on March 22 to ban all incoming passenger flights to curb the spread of the virus. All incoming passenger flights will continue to be banned until the threat of coronavirus has been brought under control.