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UAE is removed from UK travel corridor list as Covid cases soar after influencers flocked to Dubai for getaways


UAE has been removed from Britain’s travel corridor list – meaning travellers will need to self-isolate on their return.

Bikini-clad influencers will now have to quarantine when they come back from Dubai after it was booted off the nation’s safe list of destinations.

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Influencers have been bashed for jetting off to Dubai

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Influencers have been bashed for jetting off to DubaiCredit: Molly Mae/Instagram
The United Arab Emirates has been kicked off Britain's safe travel corridor

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The United Arab Emirates has been kicked off Britain’s safe travel corridor Credit: Alamy
Chloe Ferry was also spotted in Dubai

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Chloe Ferry was also spotted in Dubai Credit: instagram.com/chloegshore1

The middle eastern holiday hotspot, which has rammed full of celebrity influencers like Gabby Allen, Amber Gill and Molly-Mae Hague has seen a spike in cases – which have doubled in a week.

It was removed from the safe list tonight, meaning passengers returning need to self-isolate for 10 days on their return from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “The LATEST data indicates we need to immediately remove the #UAE from the #TRAVELCORRIDOR list.

“From 0400 Tuesday 12 Jan anyone arriving from the UAE will need to SELF-ISOLATE.”

He later tweeted: “Current NATIONAL RESTRICTIONS do not permit international travel other than for specific reasons.

“Ignoring the rules costs lives. Inconsiderate and selfish behaviour puts others at risk & is unfair to those following the rules to beat the virus.

“Stay at home. Save lives.”

Scotland had already removed the United Arab Emirates – which includes holiday destinations Dubai and Abu Dhabi – from the list.

Scots Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Imposing quarantine requirements on those arriving in the UK is our first defence in managing the risk of imported cases from communities with high risks of transmission.

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“That is why we have made the decision to remove Dubai from the country exemptions list.”

As a “hub” destination it also removes quarantine free travel from destinations in the far east.

The high-profile influencers have faced backlash in recent weeks for travelling abroad during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – and some seemingly flouting Tier 4 restrictions in order to do so.

All those returning to the UK must now have a negative covid test – taken less than 72 hours before travel.

Travellers coming from the UAE will now have to self-isolate

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Travellers coming from the UAE will now have to self-isolateCredit: Alamy
Peter Crouch came under fire after his trip to Dubai

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Peter Crouch came under fire after his trip to DubaiCredit: instagram.com/abbeyclancyofficial
Love Island star Gabby Allen in Dubai with her boyfriend

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Love Island star Gabby Allen in Dubai with her boyfriend
Sophia Peschisolido, Karen Brady's daughter, also jetted off to the UAE during the pandemic

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Sophia Peschisolido, Karen Brady’s daughter, also jetted off to the UAE during the pandemic Credit: @asyoulabel
Love Islander Josh Denzel in Dubai

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Love Islander Josh Denzel in DubaiCredit: Instagram
Chloe Ferry living it up in Dubai as UK goes into full lockdown





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