Maldivians in Ukraine to be repatriated

The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has revealed that 23 Maldivian citizens stranded in Ukraine will be repatriated.

Speaking at NEOC's daily press conference on Monday night, Spokesperson of NOEC, Mabrook Azeez said the government opened opportunity for Maldivians in Ukraine to register for repatriation, and 23 individuals have informed the government of their desire to return home. Mabrook said arrangements have been made for their repatriation, and tickets are currently being sold. The tickets are being paid for by those being repatriated.

The spokesperson said the government is making efforts to repatriate Maldivian students in Saudi Arabia, however, there have been delays due to no flights being operated between Saudi Arabia and Maldives.

Many Maldivian citizens are stranded across the world due to global travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has repatriated Maldivians in some countries, and are making efforts to bring back Maldivians in other locations.