Australian family stranded in Sri Lanka brought home to Dubai by UAE government

Wife and three children reunited with family in Dubai after flight suspensions kept them apart

An Australian family of five has been reunited after being stranded in separate countries for nearly a month.

The family was holidaying in Sri Lanka over Eid when new Covid-19 restrictions were put in place, meaning flights home were suspended.

"We attempted to get out [of Sri Lanka], but the PCR tests didn't come back in time," the mother of three told state news agency Wam.

"So we were basically stranded there for the last three and a half weeks."

"We've been living here [in the UAE] for 15 years, the kids were all born here. This is our home really so we really wanted to get back.

"Luckily we have a very good student here in Dubai, so they were doing some distance learning."

The UAE authorities quickly responded and co-ordinated with authorities in Sri Lanka to facilitate the family's return.

The wife expressed her joy at being reunited with her husband.

"We're incredibly thankful and very excited to get home. To get back to the schools get back to our home and to their friends and normal life," she said.

After arriving at Dubai International Airport, the mother, 40, and her three children aged 11, 10 and 7 were received by a medical team so they could take the PCR test.

"I'm really happy that I get to be in my home country, where I was born, and I'm so excited to get back to my house again," said 10-year-old Levi.

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