Dubai added to UK quarantine list forcing arrivals to isolate from Tuesday

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Brits returning to the UK from the United Arab Emirates will have to quarantine from 4am on Tuesday.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement this evening on Twitter.

It came after the country recorded a 52% surge in the number of coronavirus cases.

Shapps posted: "The LATEST data indicates we need to immediately remove the #UAE from the #TRAVELCORRIDOR list. From 4am Tuesday, January 12, anyone arriving from the UAE will need to SELF-ISOLATE."

Shapps added: "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."

The Foreign Office has also updated its guidance to advise against all but essential travel to the UAE.

Anyone returning to the UK must now provide a negative coronavirus test taken less than 72 hours before travel.

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Scotland had already removed the UAE – which includes popular holiday destinations like Dubai and Abu Dhabi – from the travel corridor list.

Scots Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said at the time: “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.

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

A raft of celebrities and influencers jetted off to Dubai this winter, including Euromillions winner Jane Park, Love Island stars Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury, and TOWIE star Ferne McCann.

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