Published on Sunday, April 5, 2020

Rescue flights from India to start this week


Special charter flights have been arranged by the government to bring stranded Britons home from India, starting on Wednesday.

The first flight to London will leave Goa on April 8 and there will be further flights from the coastal city to London on Friday and on Easter Sunday.

There will also be flights from Mumbai and from Delhi to London on April 9 and 11.

Passengers need to visit the websites in the highlighted links to register their details. 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is asking them not to contact the High Commission directly to reserve a seat as it will not be able to take bookings.

These flights are for UK travellers who normally reside in the UK and their direct dependants. No-one displaying coronavirus symptoms will be allowed to travel.

Due to the current travel restrictions in India, only passengers already in the State of the departure airport will be able to book onto the rescue flights.

The FCO said further flights will be running from other locations in India and advised those stranded to monitor its Travel Advice and social media for further updates. 

Exact timings of flights from India will be published on its travel advice and social media channels as soon as they are confirmed, it added.

"In the meantime, we continue to work with our partners to secure seats for British nationals on flights that other countries are running," said the FCO.

"Given many parts of India remain under lockdown or have additional restrictions in place, we are working with the local authorities to enable British nationals to reach airports. More details will follow."

The Government is also chartering flights from other destinations to where scheduled flights have ceased, including from Johannesburg and Cape Town with Virgin Atlantic next week.

Full details are available on the FCO website.

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