The India government has announced a temporary suspension of all flights originating from the UK until 31st December 2020.
Reports say the ban will be effective from 23:59 on Tuesday 22nd December until 31st December 2020.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India tweeted, “Considering the prevailing situation in UK. Govt. of India has decided that all flights originating from UK to India to be suspended till 31st December 2020 (23.59 hours).
“This suspension to start w.e.f. 23.59 hours, 22nd December 2020. Consequently flights from India to UK shall stand temporarily suspended during above said period.
“As a measure of abundant precaution, passengers arriving from UK in all transit flights (flights that have taken off or flights which are reaching India before 22nd Dec at 23.59 hrs) should be subject to mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airports concerned.”
The news comes after it emerged a mutant coronavirus has spread rapidly in the UK. Most of the EU has also placed a ban on flights from the UK.