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Brit influencers pose carefree in Dubai while others race home amid travel ban

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Celebs in Dubai have been snapped living it large poolside despite a last-minute scramble for Brits to return home following new travel restrictions.

It was announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, on Thursday that Dubai had been added to the UK's travel red list from 1pm on Friday.

But despite Emirates and Etihad Airways announcing all their UK passenger flights from the UAE have been suspended, not many social media influencers and reality stars appeared to be bothered.

Absolutely Ascot's Mia Sully and Love Island stars Joseph Garratt and Anton Danyluk were all seen soaking up the Middle Eastern sun.

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The red list includes countries from where travel to the UK is banned for non-Brits in an attempt to tackle the on-going global spread of coronavirus.

Far from feeling compelled to return home following the government's latest travel news, OnlyFans model Honey Evans from Leeds used it as an excuse to stretch out their holiday even longer, Mail Online reports.

She tweeted: "Flights from Dubai to the UK are banned. Guess I have no choice but to stay out here. Shame."

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A backlash from followers online sparked Ms Evans later hitting back: "So many people giving me s*** for being in Dubai."

Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps tweeted on Thursday: "From tomorrow (Friday 29 Jan at 1pm), we’re extending our travel ban with the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda all added to the UK's red list.

"This means people who have been in or transited through these countries will be denied entry, except British, Irish and third country nationals with residence rights who must self-isolate for ten days at HOME.

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"Passengers must still have proof of a negative test and completed Passenger Locator Form before arrival – or could otherwise face a £500 fine for each."

The measure is aimed at stopping the spread of the South African coronavirus variant.

Three flights from Dubai and two from Abu Dhabi landed at Heathrow before the 1pm curfew on Friday.

This included British Airways Flight 104 from Dubai, which touched down at 12.57pm.

One flight arrived at Manchester Airport from Abu Dhabi, one landed in Glasgow from Dubai and one touched down in Birmingham from Dubai.

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The Gulf hubs are normally popular for people flying from Asia and Australasia to the UK on connecting flights.

British and Irish nationals and those with residence rights can still enter, but must self-isolate for 10 days at home.

Engineering assistant and influencer Klaudia Zakrzewska, who has 22,300 followers on Instagram, cut short a holiday with friends in Dubai to fly home to beat the deadline.

After landing at Heathrow, Ms Zakrzewska, 27, of Greenford, west London, said: "It was a complete mess. Flights got cancelled and we managed to get back on the last flight."

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She said "everyone was panicking" at her hotel as they rushed to leave.

Ms Zakrzewska said: "It was all just so confusing. There were no real guidelines about what to do and what was going on. We just suddenly were told that all the flights were going to stop at 1pm.

"We just thought, 'Let's not risk it and be stuck out here for months'. It has been stressful because it has all been so last-minute."

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