Sunday, January 03, 2021

Explained: When India-UK flights resume on Jan 8, what will be the guidelines?

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued the standard operating procedure for epidemiological surveillance and response to the new variant of the novel coronavirus in the context of regulated resumption of flights from the UK to India, January 8 onward.

The Civil Aviation Ministry announced Friday that the flights from the UK, which have been suspended since December 22, will resume on January 8 in a staggered manner.

The Centre has allowed airlines from both India and the UK to resume 15 flights each every week between January 8 and January 23. Airline officials said the carriers are preparing schedules and will be reaching out to customers once they are prepared.

Air India said the passengers who were booked to fly on December 23 will be the first ones to be flown out of the UK. While earlier flights from the UK were operating to various airports in India, only Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad will receive passengers for the time being. Those wanting to fly to other cities will need to book connecting flights out of these four hubs.

It is also noteworthy that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will allow flights in a spaced out manner to avoid any crowding of UK passengers when testing protocol is being followed.

In line with the guidelines for other international arrivals, all inbound passengers from the UK will have to submit self-declaration forms on an online portal ( at least 72 hours before their scheduled travel. Passengers arriving from the UK also need to carry negative RT-PCR test reports, for which tests should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. Airlines have been asked to ensure that passengers are carrying the negative test report prior to allowing them to board the flight.

03/01/20 Pranav Mukul/Indian Express

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