India bans flights from UK amid fears of new Covid-19 variant spread

  • The ban on the flights originating from UK to India will come into effect from tomorrow midnight till 31 Dec, the govt said
  • Passengers reaching India before 22nd Dec should be subject to mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airports concerned

India on Monday announced that it has temporarily banned flights from UK to the country after the emergence of a new and highly infectious strain of the coronavirus in Britain. The suspension of flights from UK will come into effect from tomorrow, 22 December midnight and will continue till 31 December, the government added.

“Considering the prevailing situation in the UK, Indian govt has decided that all flights originating from the UK to India shall be temporarily suspended till 11:59 pm, 31st December. This suspension to start w.e.f. 11.59 pm, 22nd December,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted.

Considering the prevailing situation in UK. Govt. of India has decided that all flights originating from UK to India to be suspended till 31st December 2020 (23.59 hours).

Further, the ministry also added that as a measure of abundant precaution, passengers arriving from UK in all transit flights (flights that have taken off or flights which are reaching India before 22nd Dec at 23.59 hrs) should be subject to mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airports concerned.

In a series of tweets, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed that any interjection of COVID variant virus via passengers with air travel history could pose critical risks. 7-day isolation advisable for passengers from UK who test in RT-PCR and they will be medically monitored by the States/UTs.

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