The Maldives on Monday repatriated the second group of Thai citizens stranded in the island nation amid global travel restrictions implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 131 individuals, who volunteered for repatriation, departed in the morning on a chartered flight organised jointly by the Thai Consulate in the Maldives, and the Maldivian Embassy in Thailand.
The first group of Thai nationals repatriated from the Maldives numbered 55 and departed on April 16.
In a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the Maldivian government on March 27 stopped issuing on-arrival-visas and closed its borders, effectively leaving several stranded in the island nation.
The government has since operated specially scheduled flights to undertake the repatriation work of returning tourists and expatriate workers to their home countries.
Authorities are also working with relevant foreign bodies to bring back Maldivians stranded overseas due to the pandemic.
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