India suspends all flights from UK as new Covid virus surface

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India on Monday temporarily suspended all flights originating from United Kingdom into India from December 22 to 31, 2020, announced the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri.

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He stated that 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 coronavirus in some countries.

Considering the emerging Covid-19 situation in UK, Government of India has decided that all flights to and from UKwill be suspended till December 31, 2020 with immediate effect from 23.59 hours today. However, this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.

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 UK in all transit flights that have taken off or flights which are reaching India before December 22, at 23.59 hrs should be subject to 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 Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and would bear the medical costs incurred.

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