Airlines to allow flying between the UK and India effective 8th January 2021
Flights to resume flying from 6th January from India to UK and UK to India on 8th January 2021
As per the new directions from the civil aviation minister on Saturday, India has green signalled flight operations from UK to India and vice versa.
Total 30 flights will operate every week, 15 each by the Indian and UK carriers, Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, adding that the schedule is valid until 23 January 2021 only.
With many airlines to allow flying between the UK and India, effective 8th January 2021 this operation has a restriction that these flights will only operate to and from the Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad airports.
The Central Government had extended the suspension of flights to and from the UK from 31 December until 7 January because of the spread of the new Covid-19 strain found in the UK.
Read about the suspension of flights here
India is in bilateral air bubble pact with the following 23 countries:
After the country resumed regular flights to the United Kingdom under its air bubble agreement, 70 flights per week were scheduled but the number has been brought down to 30 and will be revised after 23 January 2021.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has instructed that flights will be allowed in a spaced-out manner to avoid any crowding of UK passengers when the testing protocol is being followed.
Air India also tweeted on Airlines to allow flying between the UK and India effective 8th January 2021
They added few additional flights to be scheduled in the next three days
“These flights are in addition to the regular flights. Booking open through Air India Website, Booking Offices, Call Centre and Authorised Travel Agents,”
— Air India (@airindiain) January 2, 2021
Although the flight movement is allowed, certain restrictions need to be followed by passengers as per the said guidelines by the Indian government.
Instructions for passengers arriving in India from the UK
- Submit self-declaration forms on an online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before their scheduled travel.
- Carry negative RT-PCR test reports for the tests conducted within 72 hours before undertaking the journey.
- Upon arrival at Indian airports, all passengers coming from the UK (in all international flights) will be subject to mandatory self-paid RT-PCR tests. (Includes mandatory testing for connecting flights via one of the international hubs such as Dubai, Doha etc)
- Adequate arrangements should be made for passengers waiting for their results in isolation
Procedures when a passenger is found positive for Covid-19 upon arrival
- They will be isolated in an institutional facility (Isolation) unit in coordination with the respective state health authorities.
- They will undertake the necessary facilities for isolation and treatment related to it.
- If the test report reveals that the Covid-19 variant is not the new one, then the ongoing treatment protocol, including home isolation will be ensured.
- If tested positive for the new variant, then the patient will continue to remain in the separate isolation unit.
For passengers who travelled next to a Covid-19 positive passenger
They will be quarantined and will be tested as per the ICMR guidelines.
This includes co-passengers seated in the same row, three rows in front and three rows behind, along with identified cabin crew.
All the instructions laid by the Indian government post its announcements for Airlines to allow flying between the UK and India effective 8th January 2021, are to be strictly followed because of the new mutated strain of the corona virus that has recently originated in the UK.
This variant is estimated by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) to be more transmissible and affecting the younger population.
This virus has already spread across 23 countries including the US, China, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.
As per the latest information, the total number of the new strain of corona virus-infected cases in India now stands at 29, the Union Health Ministry has said on Friday.