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The news will also come as a blow for a number of reality TV stars and social media influencers who travelled to the luxury destination in recent weeks and will now have to self-isolate on their return.
The changes in travel rules were made on Monday evening following a spike in Covid-19 cases in the UAE which saw numbers double within seven days.
Here’s what you need to know.
Can I travel to Dubai for a holiday?
Not at the moment. The UAE has been removed from the UK’s safe travel list after cases in the region have risen by 52 per cent in the last week.
This means that From 4am on 12 January travellers returning to the UK from the UAE, which includes Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al-Quwain, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the decision via Twitter at short notice on Monday.
He reminded the public that current national restrictions “do not permit international travel other than for specific reasons and pointed out that “ignoring the rules costs lives”.
Mr Shapps said: “Inconsiderate and selfish behaviour puts others at risk & is unfair to those following the rules to beat the virus. Stay at home. Save lives.”
The changes apply to travellers arriving in England, Northern Ireland, Wales as well as Scotland.
Why were celebrities criticised following the decision?
The UAE – and Dubai in particular – has made headlines in recent weeks after some UK reality TV stars and social media influencers travelled to the luxury destination and posted photographs of their holidays online in the face of rising Covid-19 infection rates and tougher restrictions across the UK.
The pictures have prompted backlash from social media users as well as their followers.
However, some have argued that they travelled to the destination for work reasons, while others said they left the country when their local area was still under tier two or three restrictions – where the advice about travelling was less strict.
Former Love Island contestant Laura Anderson, who has posted pictures of herself in the UAE, defended her decision by saying that she lives on her own and has travelled to Dubai before the lockdown was announced to be with family and work.
On Instagram, she said: “I haven’t been here all year, I’ve done two lockdowns alone already and I’ll be doing it for probably another six weeks when I am back. In reality there’s proablbly about 100,000 Brits in Dubait about 40 are ‘celebs’.”
Gabby Allen, another former ITV2 star, who flew to Dubai in the beginning of December with her boyfriend Brandon Myers, also argued that the couple made the decision to travel as Myers’ business is based there and added that they will be staying there for the foreseeable.
Can I travel abroad for a holiday?
Not at the moment. The UK is currently under lockdown, which means that people have to stay at home and are not allowed to travel abroad unless it is for a legally permitted reason such as work.
Those travelling abroad may have to self-isolate on arrival, depending on the country, and will have to follow local rules.
A number of countries have also banned travel to and from the UK altogether as they try to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus variant.
— to inews.co.uk