UK announces first charter flights from India to bring British nationals home (See Schedule)
Monday 6 April 2020 2:12 AM UTC
LONDON April 6: The UK has announced the first seven charter flights that will bring home British nationals in India, the British High Commission New Delhi and British Deputy High Commission Mumbai issued the joint press note which was published on the UK government website.
The charter flights will depart for London from the following cities:
Goa: 8, 10 and 12 April (Click to visit booking portal https://etm.eventsair.com/uk-government-charter-india/fco-goa/Site/Register
Mumbai: 9 and 11 April (Click to visit booking portal https://etm.eventsair.com/uk-government-charter-india/mumbai-charter/Site/Register
New Delhi: 9 and 11 April Click to visit booking portal https://etm.eventsair.com/uk-government-charter-india/fco-delhi/Site/Register
British travellers should visit the booking portal for respective cities to reserve seats. Information on further flights from other locations in India will follow shortly, said the publication.
To book flights and register their details, British nationals should use the above city-specific webpages.
Acting High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson said: “We know how worrying the past few weeks have been for British nationals in India. I hope this announcement will bring relief, especially to those in greatest need.
Due to the large numbers of British travellers involved, the scale of this operation is huge. The UK Government continues to work hard with our Indian counterparts in New Delhi and London to arrange a safe journey back for as many people as possible”.
Travellers from India need to be aware of the below and take great care in following the rules laid out in India.
Movement within India is currently very restricted. Travellers should only apply for flights leaving from the state they are currently in.
These flights are for UK travellers who normally reside in the UK and their direct dependants.
A number of seats will be reserved for those deemed vulnerable. Individuals in this group will be contacted directly.
Details regarding luggage allowance, flight costs and carriers will be available on the booking portal.
The UK continues to work with partners to secure seats for British nationals on flights that other countries are running. On 4 April, 113 of the most vulnerable British nationals left Goa on an Irish flight.
An estimated 35,000 British Nationals are currently in India. Over 20,000 have told us they wish to return to the UK as soon as possible.
In response to the unprecedented travel restrictions in place worldwide, the UK Government on 30 March announced a new partnership with airlines to enable British travellers to fly home.
Where commercial routes do not exist, the Government will provide up to £75 million to enable special charter flights to bring home UK residents.
British nationals in India are advised to follow our travel advice and social media channels for the latest information, and to call the following consular numbers if they require immediate assistance:
New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100
Chennai: +91 (44) 42192151
Mumbai: +91 (22) 6650 2222
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