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Migrant workers returning to Sri Lanka get free hotel quarantine: minister

Economy Next, Sri Lanka, 8 July 2021 - Migrant workers who return to Sri Lanka are provided quarantine faculties free of charge in 14 hotels across the country chosen by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), labour minister Nimal Siripala De Silva told parliament Wednesday (07).

De Silva was responding to a question raised by the opposition about quarantine regulations for Sri Lankan arrivals being relaxed prior to Minister Basil Rajapksa’s recent return to the island from the US and allowing paid hotel quarantine only after that.

Main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) MP Thushara Indunil Amarasena said the rules imposed – from PCR tests to quarantine – could cost repatriates about 300,000 rupees.

“Migrant workers are given accommodation facilities and quarantine facilities free of charge in 14 hotels chosen by the SLBFE and recommended by the Sri Lanka Army,” Minister De Silva said.

“Using SLBFE funds, 25 migrant workers in a Dubai safe house were brought back and quarantine facilities were provided for them while 20 from safe houses in Saudi Arabia and Oman were also brought back similarly,” he said.

“The SLBFE will work on bringing back more Sri Lankans in safe houses once airport restrictions are relaxed,” he added.

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Source: https://economynext.com/migrant-workers-returning-to-sri-lanka-get-free-hotel-quarantine-minister-83823/

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