Wednesday, 3 Mar 2021

Govt warns Brits ‘going on holiday is illegal’ amid backlash against influencers

A government advertisement campaign warns "going on holiday is illegal" as social media influencers continue to live the high live in Dubai.

Models, social media influencers and reality TV stars have defiantly stayed by the pool at resorts in the Gulf hotspot as other British travellers rushed home to beat the coronavirus travel ban after the UAE was added to the UK's quarantine list.

The Foreign Office has now launched adverts warning people that "going on holiday is currently illegal" amid clampdowns on illicit trips.

The UAE is now on the 'red list' of 33 'high risk' countries where compulsory hotel quarantine may be required upon returning to the UK, although the scheme has not yet been fully set up.

Due to border closures causes by the Covid-19 pandemic, Dubai to London was the world's busiest international route in January.

There were 190,365 scheduled seats sold this month, while in normal times the busiest route to and from London is New York.

Many Brits are staying out in Dubai because they know they will only have to quarantine at home for 10 days upon on their return, while the rule forcing them to stay in a hotel (while footing the bill) will not come into play until February 8 at the earliest.

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The official warning was posted on social media and is intended to "remind people that travelling abroad is against the law".

One advert features flip flops and another shows a holidaymaker pulling a suitcase.

They say: "Going on holiday is currently illegal. Stay at home. Save live"

The official 'red list' features mainly countries from South America and southern Africa, where highly contagious coronavirus strains were detected. The list also includes Portugal.

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The Dubai travel ban does not seem to have put off influencers, who continued to post pictures of themselves enjoying the winter sunshine at glitzy resorts.

Mia Sully from Absolutely Ascot and TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou were among those who uploaded pictures beside an idyllic Dubai pool.

Yazmin previously claimed she was flying to the country for work, saying: "I know a lot of people are getting a lot of stick for travelling out here at the moment, but we have come out here to work."

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More Brits staying put in the Gulf resport are Amy Willerton, a former Miss Universe contestant, and her sister Erin, who were both pictured enjoying pizza poolside at a Dubai hotel.

OnlyFans babe Honey Evans also said she would be staying in Duabi, tweeting: "'Flights from Dubai to the UK are banned. Guess I have no choice but to stay out here. Shame."

Following a backlash, Holly later added: "So many people giving me s*** for being in Dubai."

Earlier this week Home Secretary Priti Patel slammed influencers for "showing off" their glamorous trips abroad, stating that "people should simply not be travelling" and it was "not acceptable".

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