Travelers returning to the UK from the United Arab Emirates after 4 a.m. today will have to be quarantined after Covid-19 cases rise by 52 percent, Grant Shapps has announced.
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al-Quwain, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah have been placed on the UK's quarantine list. Social media stars at the Middle East vacation hotspot are forced to self-isolate for 10 days.
Passengers arriving from the UAE and all other international destinations must present a negative coronavirus test 72 hours prior to arrival.
You must also present this proof to the carriers along with their passenger search form. The British Border Force will conduct spot checks upon arrival in England to ensure passengers are fully compliant.
Dubai has become a popular lockdown vacation destination for the social media elite, with tons of influencers and reality stars flying into town for the winter sun.
In November, the UAE was added to the government's travel corridor list. This means the British have been able to return to England and not need quarantine.
But on Sunday, Scotland ordered all arrivals from Dubai to self-isolate from 4 a.m. on Monday for 10 days after the number of Covid cases rose in Dubai.
It comes as the UK had its deadliest week in the pandemic yet. 529 people died after testing positive for coronavirus.
The Minister of Transport tweeted: & # 39; The latest data indicates that we need to remove the #UAE from the # TRAVELCORRIDOR list immediately.
Travelers returning to the UK from the United Arab Emirates must be quarantined from 4 a.m. tomorrow morning after the number of Covid cases rose 52 percent. Pictured: Dubai
Travelers returning to the UK from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must be quarantined starting tomorrow. Pictured: the 75-story Gevora Hotel in the Gulf metropolis of Dubai
Dubai has become a popular lockdown vacation destination for the social media elite. Influencers and reality stars fly into the city in the winter sun. Celebrities believed to still be in Dubai include Love Island star Jess Gale (left) and Geordie Shore's Chloe Ferry (right).
Grant Shapps tweeted: & # 39; We need to remove the UAE from the #TRAVELCORRIDOR list immediately. As of 4:00 a.m., Tuesday January 12th, anyone arriving from the UAE must self-isolate. & # 39;
"Starting at 4:00 am, Tuesday January 12th, anyone arriving from the UAE must self-isolate."
The Ministry of Transport (DfT) said it would "take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus even if the risk to the public health of people returning from a particular country without self-isolating becomes too high".
Lockdown measures remain in place, which means Everyone must stay home unless they are traveling for very limited reasons, including work-related reasons.
This means that people can no longer travel to go on vacation or travel internationally, except for work or other legal reasons. Those who break the rules will face fines starting at £ 200, up to a maximum of £ 6,400.
Celebrities believed to be still in Dubai include Love Island stars Jess Gale and Georgia Steel, and Geoeie Shores Chloe Ferry.
Celebrities have been heavily criticized on social media for traveling during the holiday season. Kym Marsh has attacked influencers traveling to Dubai amid coronavirus restrictions in the UK.
The 44-year-old television presenter admitted she was unimpressed by photos on social media of reality stars living in the UAE while the UK is in the middle of its third lockdown.
Many stars have traveled to Dubai with a job gap, but Ms. Marsh admitted she is fine! Magazine column that she said work trips should be postponed for now.
An agent told Der Spiegel that an unidentified star had received "death threats on (her) direct messages" after a recent trip to Dubai.
They said, & # 39; It was relentless. We warned them not to travel abroad while much of the nation is severely restricted as it is a terrible sight, but they ignored it. & # 39;
The source added that "work" for influencers is "doing vlogs" and "promoting diet drinks," which allows stars to travel in exchange for advertising.
They added, "But it went down like a lead balloon with their fans and one has to wonder if it's really worth it."
Love Island stars are among those who have traveled to the United Arab Emirates in the past few months.
People ride a boat in the Ras El-Khor nature reserve near the old town of Dubai
Aerial view of the luxury hotels Burj Al Arab (left) and Jumayra Beach (right) in Dubai
Love Island stars reportedly received death threats after flying to Dubai during the coronavirus pandemic (Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury pictured in Dubai last month – there is no evidence to suggest they were the reality stars referred to).
However, others left Tier 2 lockdown areas in December when international travel was allowed.
Before the third ban began, Love Islanders such as Laura Anderson, Molly-Mae Hague, Maura Higgins, Amber Davies, Georgia Harrison and Kady McDermott were pictured in Dubai.
The desert city has been an ideal choice for many as there is currently no need to quarantine visitors upon returning to the UK.
Many stars have insisted that their trips are for "work" as the government is currently urging UK residents to avoid non-essential travel.
Many influencers were forced to defend their actions in front of angry fans on social media after being criticized for globetrotting during the pandemic. The UK recorded more than 68,000 Covid cases yesterday.
In December, 21-year-old Molly-Mae Hague, who flew to the Maldives with Tommy Fury after a break in Dubai, insisted not to break any rules as the couple left their Manchester home under Tier 2 restrictions.
She said: 'In response to the news, I already get that we are gone during this time …
“Please understand that Tommy and I left the UK from Cheshire, which was Tier 2 at the time. We didn't break any rules that got away.
"Relentless Abuse": Some Love Island stars have been alleged to have received "relentless" abuse and even death threats (Kady McDermott pictured in Dubai on Friday – there is no evidence that she is the reality star referred to becomes).
Celtic confirmed on Sunday that a player tested positive for Covid-19 after his trip to Dubai
“Obviously, if we had known these rules were in place, we would never have left the UK.
"As soon as we get home, we will follow government guidelines."
Celtic was shocked by the news. 13 players and three members of their coaching staff were forced to isolate themselves after their controversial trip to Dubai.
Celtic spent six days in the United Arab Emirates, where pictures surfaced showing members of the squad not distancing themselves or wearing face coverings.
After being tested on their return to Glasgow, they had a positive case with defender Christopher Jullien, who is currently injured for the next four months. Manager Neil Lennon and assistant John Kennedy are among those who are now isolating.
Nicola Sturgeon, who had questioned whether Celtic followed the rules of social distancing, said: “Top sport has privileges and those privileges cannot be abused. I hope Celtic is seriously reflecting. & # 39;
In November, the United Arab Emirates were added to the government's travel corridor list so the British could return to England and not require quarantine
British vacationers can be trapped in hotel rooms overseas for two weeks if they test positive at the end of their vacation or business trip
This week vacationers have been warned that they may be trapped in hotel rooms overseas for two weeks as new rules prevent British tourists from traveling home if they test positive for coronavirus.
Britons who test positive at the end of their vacation or business trip must follow the country's local quarantine rules. This can take up to two weeks to settle in a hotel room in Italy, Spain and Dubai.
Travel expert Alex Macheras told the Mail on Sunday, "People need to remember that if you test positive in a foreign country, they are bound by their local laws and may need to be quarantined for up to two weeks."
In Italy, travelers are required to test negative twice before being released from the country's two-week quarantine. Dubai also has two-week isolation orders for infected people.
Spain has banned British tourists from flying there, but those already in the country can fly home. If they test positive, they must be quarantined at their hotel or vacation rental for 14 days.
Mr Macheras said, "When people are in a global pandemic they have to accept that there will be disruption and that your trip may take much longer than planned."
DUBAI: The visitors
Georgia Steel, Kaz Crossley, Joanna Chimonides, Francesca Allen, Amber Gill, Malin Andersson, Theo Campbell, Molly-Mae Hague, Tommy Wut, Maura Higgins, Chris Taylor, Amber Davies, Elle Brown, Laura Anderson, Hayley Hughes, Jess and Eva Sturm, Arabella Chi, Demi Jones and Wes Nelson
Amber Turner, Dan Edgar, Yazmin Oukhellou, James Lock, Demi Sims, Kelsey Stratford and Ella Rae Wise
Chloe Ferry, Bethan Kershaw and Sophie Kasaei
Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom, Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy
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