The National Operations Centre for the Prevention of the COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) has decided to temporarily ban passengers from Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.
Cabinet was today briefed on the decision to temporarily ban passengers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
The National Operations Centre for the Prevention of the COVID-19 Outbreak had reached the decision earlier this evening and the Cabinet was also briefed about the move, sources told Daily Mirror.
The move will likely impact several Sri Lankans seeking to return from the Gulf.
The news that the Government was looking to temporarily ban passengers from the Gulf had leaked earlier in the day and caused panic among Sri Lankans seeking to return from the Gulf and their families back home.
Daily Mirror learns the move was then put on hold until Cabinet was briefed this evening.
Subsequently NOCPCO announced that passengers from the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries will not be permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka with effect from 0001hrs on 1st July 2021. The restriction will be in force until 2359hrs on 13th July 2021.
Sources said the decision was taken as over 100 coronavirus infected persons were detected among those arriving in Sri Lanka from the Gulf.
According to sources, it was decided to temporarily enforce the ban in order to control the situation