In view of emerging COVID-19 situation in the United Kingdom, the competent authority has temporarily suspended flight to/from the United Kingdom with effect from 23:59 hrs IST of 22-12-2020. Therefore, no flights from the United Kingdom will land in India after 23:59 hrs IST of 22-12-2020. The airline shall enforce this at the port of initial departure.
Consequently, flights from India to the United Kingdom shall also remain suspended.
However, the restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
Airlines operating flights to/from India from other countries shall not board any passenger travelling from United kingdom to India and shall ensure that no passenger coming from U.K. is boarded in flight for any destination in India either directly or indirectly.
During the transition period i.e.e up to 23:59 hrs of 22-12-2020, all passengers arriving to India from the United Kingdom shall be compulsorily subjected to RT-PCR Test at the arrival port in India. Passengers found COVID positive shall be quarantined as per guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. All medical costs incurred shall be borne by the passengers.
All airlines operating passenger services from the United Kingdom to India shall ensure strict compliance of the above instructions and shall make an in-flight announcement.
The above-said is a temporary measure and shall be in force till 31-12-2020.
Office of the Director-General of Civil Aviation
[Circular dt. 21-12-2020]