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Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said the government would allow a limited resumption of flights with the United Kingdom. The government has been reviewing the situation, and they would take further steps if the situation demands, he added.

He added that the ministry decided on the limited resumption of civil aviation traffic between India and the United Kingdom after assessment with medical professionals. He also said that the RT-PCR test done 72 hours ahead of travelling would not be enough. It will now be compulsory to test again on arrival.

The total number of flights to the United Kingdom has been reduced from 60 a week to 30.

While talking about the new strain of COVID-19 detected in the UK, Puri said that medical professionals have clearly stated that the COVID-19 vaccines and the medical professionals will take care of the new strain.

Puri had earlier said that resumption of flights from India and UK would start from January 6, flights from the UK to India from January 8. A total of 30 flights will be operating every week, 15 each by Indian and UK carriers. The schedule will be valid till January 23.

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