International Flights Latest News Today: After both the countries have relaxed the travel guidelines, the British Airways has announced a big Diwali offer and launched ‘The Best Gift’ an online campaign for Diwali 2021.Also Read - More than half of Omicron cases in UK were double vaccinated

As part of the campaign, British Airways has also announced exciting fares for customers to give them yet another reason to travel to meet their loved ones. The special ticket fares are available between October 18  and November 3, 2021. Also Read - Unofficial 2nd Test Between India A and South Africa A Ends in Draw

As per the updates, the lowest fare in World Traveller (economy) from India to the UK is Rs 47,200 and Rs 158,970 in Club World (business). However, the airline has said that the travel must be completed on or before 31 March 2022. Also Read - RT-PCR Test, Mandatory Quarantine: How These States Brace to Tackle Omicron Variant | Full List Here

Giving further details, Moran Birger, British Airways’ Head of Sales for South Asia, Middle East and Africa told Business Insider: “We would like to wish a very Happy Diwali to all our customers in India and overseas who are celebrating the festival. Many of our customers have been separated from family and friends abroad for a very long duration of time. We have announced some exciting offers for anyone wanting to plan a trip this Diwali, while making the most of these great offers. British Airways’ flexible booking policy also gives our customers reassurance if their plans change.”

Special ticket fares to London

In this Diwali campaign, British Airways offers special fares to London and these special fares are available in economy (World Traveller) and business (Club World) from Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

Moreover, to help make the decision even easier for the air passengers, British Airways has made booking options flexible to allow you to book and change later.

The development comes after the UK earlier this month relaxed the guidelines and said fully vaccinated travellers returning to England from countries not on the travel ban red list can take a COVID-19 negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT) instead of the more expensive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. This new rule will come into effect from October 24.

The UK government said that the travellers vaccinated in over 100 countries and territories, including India, will also be treated the same as returning fully vaccinated UK residents.

Travel guidelines

  1. The LFTs can be booked from October 22 and are largely aimed at families planning a break during the upcoming school holidays at the end of this month.
  2. All travellers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to travel, including a test booking reference number supplied by a testing provider.
  3. Travellers will be able to upload their test booking reference to the form from October 22 for arrival in the UK from October 24.
  4. Under the existing system, PCR tests taken on day two after returning to England can cost about 75 pounds per person (USD 102).