April, 21, 2020
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is aware that some Sri Lankans who have gone abroad, for short visits for leisure and holidays, meet relatives and friends, pilgrimage, business purposes, training, seminars and conferences, medical treatments, sports, recreational and cultural activities, etc., and on student or equivalent visas, are stranded abroad amidst the prevailing global pandemic situation and that their families in Sri Lanka are keen to send money to meet living expenses/up keep of such persons in overseas. In this regard, CBSL wishes to make the following clarifications.
Accordingly, CBSL wishes to reiterate that there is no hindrance to provide any additional financial assistance to above mentioned categories of Sri Lankans currently abroad, to meet their basic needs at this time of difficulty. However, we request all concerned parties to make use of this opportunity in a responsible manner.