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IS BLACK TEA AN IMMUNITY BOOSTER FOR COVID-19?

Is there any silver lining in the dark cloud for ‘Ceylon Tea’ ? The Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka (TRI) has released a scientific paper under the theme: ‘ Anti - viral ’ properties of tea - black tea may become the unique brew of choice with no side effects to fight against Corona Virus? ".

Please find the full statement under https://www.srilanka-botschaft.de/current-news/is-black-tea-an-immunity-booster-for-covid-19.

 

Minister Gunawardena explores practical solutions to assist expatriate communities with Foreign Ministry Officials

Foreign Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena met with senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Relations today at the Ministry to discuss about the welfare of the Sri Lankan expatriate communities, difficulties currently being faced by these communities and ways to explore practical solutions to assist expatriate communities at this time of need.

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Foreign Ministry takes stock of action by Sri Lanka Missions abroad to ensure the welfare of Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL)

The Ministry of Foreign Relations, sensitive to the concerns of the OSLs amidst the rapid spread of the COVID-19 and the inability to return to Sri Lanka, has held consultations over the past 2 days with its Heads of Missions based in 67 cities across the world, to facilitate the wellbeing and safety of Overseas Sri Lankans, while pre paring for any exigencies they could have to meet in the coming days.

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Appeal to all Sri Lankans and well-wishers living in Sri Lanka and abroad: An Appeal made with the Approval of the Cabinet of Ministers

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka invites all Sri Lankans and well-wishers living in Sri Lanka and abroad to consider depositing their savings and other funds in foreign currency within the Sri Lankan banking system - licensed commercial banks and specialized financial institutions – as a gesture of goodwill and assistance to Sri Lanka and its people during the three-month period commencing from April 2, 2020 in support of the wide-ranging national effort to safeguard the people from coronavirus, to bring its spread under control and to provide healthcare and social security to the people.

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Extension of visas for foreigners residing in Sri Lanka

This is further to the previous notice released by the Department of lmmigration and Emigration on 1-7.03.2020 with regard tothe extension of visas for the Foreigners residing in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the validity period of all types of Visas had been extended for a period of 30 days with effect from 14th March 2O2Oto 12th April 2020. Having considered the spread of Covid-19 virus in the country, it has been decided to further extend the validity period of all types of Visas issued to all foreigners who are currently residing in Sri Lanka from another 30 days.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Extension of visas of Sri Lankans who are facing difficulties to leave Germany due to the current restrictions in international travel

The Federal Foreign Office of Germany has informed that the Immigration Authorities of the federal states will follow the simplified procedures in extending visas (Residence permit (D visa) and Schengen visa (C visa)) of the foreign nationals who could not leave Germany due to the current restrictions in international travel and the associated difficulties before the expiry of the validity of the visa or residence permit.

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Media Release - Over 17,000 Overseas Sri Lankans register on ‘Contact Sri Lanka’


Over 17,457 Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) had by Saturday noon(28 March) registered on the ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Online Portal of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. Of these, 6773 are from the Middle East region, 1892 from Europe, 1302 from South Asia, 1028 from North America and over 6000 from other parts of the world. This portal jointly created by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the benefit of Overseas Sri Lankans, was launched on Thursday (26 March 2020). It is hosted on the Ministry web page www.mfa.gov.lk and can also be accessed at www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk. A dedicated team of officials have been assigned by the Ministry of Foreign Relations to respond to queries.

Find the full Media Release under https://www.srilanka-botschaft.de/current-news/over-17-000-overseas-sri-lankans-register-on-contact-sri-lanka

 

Special Request by the Government to Sri Lankan Expats

The Government urges Sri Lankan expatriates who wish to return to their motherland to safely remain where they are now until the risk of the COVID-19 virus will be minimized. The Government has taken several effective initiatives to prevent the spread of the pathogen. In order to stop the virus from coming into the country and its spread, the Government had completely banned overseas arrivals. Other countries in the world too have taken similar steps and suspended travelling within the country as well as foreign tours.

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Statement by Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry on death of Sri Lankan National in Switzerland

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin has informed the Ministry that the Swiss authorities have confirmed that the Sri Lankan aged 59 years who died in Switzerland on 25 March had been tested positive for COVID-19 . The deceased was from Punkuduthivu in Northern Province and held residence permit in Switzerland.
Ministry of Foreign Relations, Colombo, 27 March 2020

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Welcome to “Contact Sri Lanka” Online Portal for Overseas Sri Lankans

The Ministry of Foreign Relations welcomes all Overseas Sri Lankans who reside or travel overseas for studies, employment or other reasons to register voluntarily on “Contact Sri Lanka”. Registering online in the web portal will allow the Ministry to reach out and provide assistance during emergencies such as the COVID19 outbreak. This Portal will connect Overseas Sri Lankans with stakeholders in Sri Lanka and the network of Sri Lanka Missions abroad. In the long term, the Portal is expected to serve as an official source of information and will facilitate Overseas Sri Lankans to obtain services offered by the Government.

Find our more on https://www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk/

 

Extension of Sri Lanka Visa

Due to the spread of the Covid-19-virus in the country, it has been decided to extend the validity period of all types of visa issued to all foreigners, who are currently residing in Sri Lanka.

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Message (No. 03) issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka

According to instructions received from Sri Lanka Health Authorities, all international airports in Sri Lanka will be closed for operation of inward international commercial passenger flights (i.e. arrivals) with effect from 0400 hrs. on 19th March 2020 (local time in Sri Lanka) until further notice.

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Restrictions in the provision of Consular Services

In view of the present circumstances of the continuous spread of Coronavirus in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka am Main in Frankfurt, after taking into consideration the present situation, and in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka, have decided to limit the consular services provided to Sri Lankans, commencing from 16.03.2020 until further notice.

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Hotlines for emergency contacts on Covid-19 in Germany

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin has established hotlines for emergency contacts for Sri Lankans living in Germany to seek assistance with regard to Covid-19. Please find the information in Sinhala and Tamil.

 

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Niklasstraße 19

14163 Berlin.

Tel. (030) 80909749

Fax (030) 80909757

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