Scores of celebrities risk having their holiday homecomings delayed under plans requiring international arrivals to have proof of a negative Covid test.
Stars from Love Island, TOWIE and Geordie Shore descended on holiday spots such as Dubai to escape Britain's lockdown and see in 2021 under the sun.
Boris Johnson banned holidays last night as he announced a third lockdown, although Britons still overseas were told there was no need to rush back.
But the Government is widely expected to introduce tighter restrictions at airports to stop the spread of the disease.
Measures mandating passengers to have proof of a negative coronavirus result are the subject of live discussions in Whitehall and an announcement is expected soon.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
A Department for Transport spokesperson said: 'Protecting public health in the UK is of the utmost importance and we are looking at what additional measures could be taken with regards to international travel.'
Such action threatens to derail flight plans for stars who plan on returning from their sun-kissed New Year boltholes.
Love Island's Malin Andersson, who has been flaunting her holiday to Dubai on social media, revealed on Instagram she was planning to return home tomorrow
Geordie Shore's Chloe Ferry (middle right) and co-star Sophie Kasaei (top, right) enjoy dinner in Dubai
Love Island's Malin Andersson, who has been flaunting her holiday to Dubai on social media, revealed on Instagram she was planning to return home tomorrow.
Today, she defended her trip to Dubai in the face of online criticism, saying she had been in Dubai for a month and would be 'in lockdown like the rest of you' on her return.
Many stars have come under fire from fans for travelling to far-flung tourist spots for New Year despite Government guidance advising against foreign travel.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Geordie Shore's Sophie Kasaei, who is also in Dubai, today also said she had been branded insensitive for plastering her holiday on Instagram.
At least 20 reality stars have posted about spending New Year in Dubai, including Georgia Steel, Amber Gill, Molly-Mae Hague, Tommy Fury and Chloe Ferry.
The UK currently has a travel corridor with Dubai, meaning arrivals do not have to self-isolate on their return.
But they could have to scramble to prove their are Covid-free under plans hinted at by Cabinet Office