The Ministry of Civil Aviation has announced that all the flights originating from UK to India will be temporarily suspended till 11:59 pm, December 31. This suspension will be in effect from 11.59 pm, December 22, the ministry added. The decision has been taken after UK reported a new coronavirus strain, calling it "out of control" and 70% more transmissible.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday said that passengers from all transit flights from UK scheduled to reach India before December 22 will be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR tests on arrival. This comes amid concerns over new COVID-19 strain found in UK. "Those found positive should be sent for institutional quarantine set up by state/UT governments," said Puri.