Passengers returning from the United Arab Emirates will now have to self-isolate, as part of updated Covid-19 travel rules.
The UAE has been removed from the Government’s travel corridor list, announced Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Monday evening.
It means that from 4am on Tuesday, anyone who arrives in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from the UAE, including Abu Dhabi and holiday hotspot Dubai, must quarantine.
Mr Shapps said that a 52% rise in new cases meant the Government had to ‘immediately’ remove the UAE from the travel list.
The transport secretary added: ‘REMINDER: 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 has already announced that similar measures will be imposed for anyone arriving from the UAE on or after 4am on January 12.
Dubai has recently come under the spotlight as a popular haven among Britons away from tough Covid-19 restrictions, while a number of UK-based athletes tested positive for the virus following trips there.
Celtic’s decision to fly to Dubai for a training camp is set to come under further scrutiny after an unnamed player tested positive for coronavirus.
The squad and staff were tested on arrival back in Scotland on Friday.
Scotland’s transport secretary Michael Matheson described imposing quarantine on those arriving in the UK as ‘our first defence in managing the risk of imported cases from communities with high risks of transmission’.
Foreign training camps are within the rules for professional sports, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last week questioned whether Celtic had been adhering to social-distancing guidelines after seeing photos from their hotel.
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