Hyderabad: After several European and Gulf countries suspended flights from the United Kingdom due to fears about a new strain of COVID-19, the Indian government, on 21 December, also suspended flights from the UK till 31 December.

The ministry of civil aviation tweeted on Monday, "Considering the prevailing situation in the UK. Govt. of India has decided that all flights originating from UK to India will be suspended till 31st December 2020 (11:59 pm), This suspension to start with effect from 11:59 pm on 22nd December 2020. Consequently flights from India to UK shall stand temporarily suspended during above said period (sic)."

The ministry also said that passengers arriving in transit flights will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 tests. "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 11:59 pm) should be subject to mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airports concerned," the ministry tweeted.

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