India suspends UK flights over new Covid-19 strain till Jan; Passengers to get mandatory test, quarantine

New Delhi: Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (MoS), Civil Aviation, has declared that all flights originating from the UK into India will be suspended temporarily from 22nd December to 31st December 2020, and are expected to resume on January 1st, 2021. He stated that the Government of India has decided to take all necessary precautions as a result of the situation arising out of the spread of a new strain of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) in some countries, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Civil Aviation issued on Monday, 21st December.

Considering the emerging Covid-19 situation in the UK, the Government of India has decided that all flights to and from the UK will be suspended till 31st December 2020 (23.59 hours). This suspension will start w.e.f. 23.59 hours, 22nd December 2020. However, this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.

According to the Aviation Ministry, airlines operating flights to India from other countries shall not board any passenger travelling from UK to India and shall ensure that no passenger coming from UK is boarded in a flight for any destination in India either directly or indirectly.

As a measure of precaution, passengers arriving from the UK in all transit flights (flights that have taken off or flights which are reaching India before 22nd December 2020 at 23.59 hrs) will be subject to a mandatory RT-PCR test at the arrival port in India. The passengers found Covid-19 positive on arrival shall be quarantined as per guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and will bear the medical costs incurred.

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