Monday, February 01, 2021

India extends UK air travel restrictions till Feb 14

New Delhi: The limited flight connectivity between India and the UK will continue till February 14 and the India-bound flights from the UK would be allowed only in five international airports such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, according to a directive issued on Saturday.

The decision to impose restrictions on air travel between the UK and India was taken after the discovery of a more infectious SARS-CoV2 variant in the UK, which since them spread to 60 countries including India.

The Health Ministry in consultation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation has been periodically reviewing the situation and the last meeting on Saturday decided to extend the limited air travel between the two countries till February 14.

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued subsequent to the meeting said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will issue necessary permission for limited number of flight operations and there would be adequate spacing between flights scheduled to arrive at Indian airports so that there would be any crowding while carrying out Covid-19 tests on inbound passengers, the directive said.

It will also strictly monitor that the airlines do not allow any passengers to travel from UK to India through a transit airport of third country, to ensure there are no omissions in monitoring of those passengers.

All international travellers would need to declare their travel history (of past 14 days) and submit a self declaration form at Air Suvidha portal at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. They should also be carrying a negative RT-PCR test report for which test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.

Airlines have to ensure only those passengers with negative test reports will be allowed to board the flight. The passengers have to undergo self-paid RT-PCR test on arrival at the Indian airports.

31/01/21 Business Line

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