British Home Secretary Priti Patel wants to close British borders for passengers from global COVID-19 hotspots like the US, Iran and China, similar to what India has done, according to a British media report.
The senior cabinet minister in India believes that visitors from certain countries should stop flying to the UK if the government has blocked the country to stop the spread of the deadly virus, which killed 465 people across the UK.
Ms. Patel requests intergovernmental support for the move that would stop daily flights from Tehran, New York and Los Angeles and Beijing, a Daily Telegraph report said.
"We are most concerned about the daily flights from the US and Iran that take place daily," the newspaper quoted a source.
"We want to prevent non-EEA nationals (European Economic Area) from flying to the UK. The EU is largely not a problem because its domestic barriers are so severe," said the source.
Around 100,000 passengers arrive at British airports every day, mostly Brits returning home after British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has asked all British tourists and short-term travelers to return to the UK as soon as possible while flights are still available.
Passengers with symptoms of coronavirus infection are prohibited from boarding flights in hotspot countries.
However, there are no health or temperature tests for passengers arriving in the UK. You will be asked to isolate yourself for 14 days upon arrival, but there is no way to enforce this.
The issue of the UK ban on flights has reportedly been raised in a Cabinet committee coordinating the UK government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, but remains to be resolved.
India had banned Iran from flying earlier this month and has since implemented stricter measures, including airport closures, when the country implemented a 21-day strict ban this week.