NEW DELHI — International travelers arriving at Indian airports from the Middle East, Europe and the United Kingdom have been advised by the country's ministry of civil aviation here to brace for longer wait times from Tuesday (Feb. 23). This is in view of more stringent rules being introduced at entry points to minimize the risk of importation of new, mutant strains of coronavirus. "All three variants of the virus, from the UK, South Africa and Brazil, have demonstrated increased transmissibility," the ministry warned. Airlines operating flights into India have been advised that effective Tuesday, they should keep passengers informed about the need for transit time of a minimum six to eight hours at their airports of entry for connecting domestic flights. Many passengers arriving in India on transit flights through the Middle East connect to domestic flights to airports, which are not served by international airlines. From Tuesday, all international travelers transiting on flights from the Middle East the UK and Europe are also required to declare their travel history of the previous 14 ...read more...