Angry expats blasts influencers who claimed they flew to Dubai during lockdown ...

A furious expat has slammed social media 'influencers' who 'exploited grey areas' in a bid to get around lockdown rules to jet off to Dubai.   

Scores of reality TV stars fled to Dubai to lounge in luxury hotels, post pictures with a cocktail in hand on sun loungers and enjoy beach parties.

They all claim they flew more than 3,000 miles for 'unavoidable work trips' - with some even going so far as to suggest that their social media posts should make them 'essential workers'.  

Laura Anderson, who appeared on Love Island in 2018, moaned about how 'hard it was to be an influencer' after she was met with a backlash about her Dubai trip.

But now expats working in Dubai and following the rules have accused them of 'taking the f***ing p***' by claiming they are in the city for work, and risking spreading the virus to residents by partying and flouting social distancing.     

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Amid the mounting criticism, one expat said she is now unable to return to the UK to see her family, 'because of influencers using loop holes to holiday.'

And government sources told MailOnline people appeared to have been exploiting grey areas, with 'high profile people getting away with it and what they are claiming as work is not.'

Addressing MPs today, Boris Johnson warned : “I want to make clear that under the stay home regulations, it is illegal to leave home to travel abroad for leisure purposes.

“We will enforce this at ports and airports by asking people why they are leaving and instructing them to return home if they do not have a valid reason to travel.”

Yazmin Oukhellou, who appears on TOWIE, told fans she and her boyfriend were '[In Dubai] for work purposes, for business'. She added: 'Obviously we'll make the most of it while we're here as well.'

Laura Anderson, who appeared on Love Island in 2018, was met with a furious backlash recently when she moaned about how hard it was to be an 'influencer'

Hard graft: Yazmin Oukhellou told fans she was, '[In Dubai] for work purposes, for business', but added: 'Obviously we'll make the most of it while we're here as well.' Right, Laura Anderson was met with a furious backlash when she moaned about how hard it was to be an 'influencer'

Chloe Ferry, who travelled out to Dubai at the end of last year - before lockdown measures were introduced, originally claimed she had hoped to stay for 'two months'

Chloe Ferry, who travelled out to Dubai at the end of last year - before lockdown measures were introduced, originally claimed she had hoped to stay for 'two months'

Molly-Mae Hague, Maura Higgins, Amber Davies, Anton Danyluk, Georgia Harrison and Kady McDermott were among those to jet off before the third national lockdown. 

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Expats in Dubai have told MailOnline they are furious about the number of celebrity influencers coming to the city 'for work'.

Dubai had been an ideal choice for many as visitors at the time weren't required to quarantine upon their return to the UK.

Many stars have insisted their trips are for 'work' with the government asking UK residents to avoid unnecessary travel.

One expat told MailOnline: 'They're taking the f***ing p***'.

Lauren Morgan, who moved to the city with her husband in January 2020, said: 'All the 'influencers' coming out to Dubai for 'work' has made me so angry, using loop holes to holiday and potentially spreading the virus. 

'Especially as they're all partying in ridiculous circumstances where social distancing isn't being observed and rules are not being followed by people from the UK.'

Ministers are understood to have been increasingly concerned about social media 'infuencers' and other celebrities turning up in exotic destinations while the rest of the country is in lockdown.

One government source told MailOnline people appeared to have been exploiting grey areas about what counts as 'essential' work trips.

'It is quite clear there are some high profile people getting away with it and what they are claiming as work is not,' they said. 

Kady McDermott, pictured in Dubai, is another reality star to have made the trip before the lockdown

A collection of reality stars travelled to United Arab Emirates over the festive season. Pictured: Maura Higgins in the city before the third lockdown

Reality stars who fled to Dubai before England's third lockdown began look set to be returning to 10-day compulsory quarantine stay at hotels near Britain's airports. Kady McDermott (left) and Maura Higgins (right) were among the stars to travel to the UAE before lockdown began 

Many stars have insisted their trips are for 'work' with the government asking UK residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Pictured: Geordie Shore's Sophie Kasaei in Dubai

Many stars have insisted their trips are for 'work' with the government asking UK residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Pictured: Geordie Shore's Sophie Kasaei in Dubai

James Lock and his girlfriend Yazmin Oukhellou posed for a snap while lapping up the sunshine in Dubai last week

James Lock and his girlfriend Yazmin Oukhellou posed for a snap while lapping up the sunshine in Dubai last week 

Anton Danyluk shared that he was heading to Dubai on December 10. He is since thought to have lost 14,000 followers on Instagram

Anton Danyluk shared that he was heading to Dubai on December 10. He is since thought to have lost 14,000 followers on Instagram

Love Island stars 'lose THOUSANDS of fans' after flaunting their lavish Dubai work trips as fed-up Brits hit back

Love Island stars who jetted to Dubai amid the coronavirus pandemic have reportedly lost thousands of Instagram fans. 

It is thought fed-up Brits have hit back by unfollowing the stars accounts with Anton Danyluk, 25, and Laura Anderson, 31, dropping a combined 26,000, reports The Sun. 

Anton, who is thought to have lost 14,000 followers, shared that he was heading to Dubai on December 10 and has since posted glimpses of his impressive hotel views and dips in the pool with his 1m fans.

While Laura Anderson, who has reportedly dropped a sizeable 12,000 followers, sparked a backlash when she said it was 'really hard' to be an influencer following unimpressed comments on her Dubai snaps.

Others thought to have taken a hit in the Instagram numbers include Kaz Crossley, 27, who has reportedly lost 7,000 followers since touching down in the city.

While Gabby Allen is thought to have lost 2,000 and Josh Ritchie 8,000. TOWIE star James Lock, who is in Dubai with his girlfriend Yazmin Oukhellou is also said to have seen 1,000 people disappear from his followers. 

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Ms Morgan moved to the UAE with her husband in January 2020, returning to the UK once to see her family. 

She added: 'I have booked a flight back to the UK at the end of April. 

'With these new rules possibly coming into place, I have to choose between not going home to see my parents who are in their late 70s or going back for the three weeks and spending 10 days of those and potentially a small fortune to quarantine. 

'All I want to do is go home to visit my family. 

'Moving here in January 2020, this was not the deal I made with my husband, I was supposed to be able to travel home to visit family as much as I wanted to. 

'People holidaying/partying is just delaying that for a lot of people from happening and it's infuriating.

'Especially as they're all partying in ridiculous circumstances where social distancing isn't being observed and rules are not being followed by people from the UK (and I'm sure many others) who have not had to follow the same strict rules as we have in Dubai since March 2020 and is now a way of life to wear a mask and keep your distance and minimise socialising/large group gathering.'  

Love Island's Laura Anderson was forced to delete some of the comments on her bikini snaps after receiving backlash for sharing her exploits in Dubai.

Insisting her job was 'hard' to do, she moaned: 'This whole thing about everyone hating influencers, I'm just like f**k.. this is what I do for a job at the minute. I don't want to feel c**p.'

Yesterday, she revealed she had ordered a Covid test after suffering with a blocked nose upon returning to Glasgow where she is self isolating.  

And when approached by the Guardian about his so-called work trip, a publicist for Anton Danyluk - who has been in Dubai since 10 December - asked if the Love Island star would receive a fee in return for a comment. 

Yesterday it was revealed private flights into a Dubai airport soared by 78% at the end of last year compared to 2019, as travellers, including Love Island stars, rushed to escape lockdown and spend Christmas there.

MailOnline has been inundated with emails from people in Spain, the USA, Canada, Pakistan and South America worried that they may be caught up in the new quarantine scheme and admitting they may rush home to avoid it. 

Holiday quarantine hotel list revealed: South Africa, Brazil and Portugal will be amongst first to face 10-day £1,500 isolation as Boris Johnson unveils list of 'high risk' nations but Labour already say it isn't enough 

Boris Johnson will today publish a list of up to 30 'high risk' Covid countries where returning travellers will be forced to quarantine in hotels for 10 days - but Labour have said it is not tough enough.

The Prime Minister last night met with officials to put the finishing touches to the Australian-style scheme, which is being introduced following concerns about new Covid variants entering Britain - but ignored a plea from Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock to apply the diktat to all arrivals.

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer told the Commons today that the Government had 'failed' by being 'too slow' to bring it in and claiming that quarantining people from 30 countries 'doesn't go far enough'.

Passengers arriving in Britain from any of the listed countries will have to isolate for 10 days in hotels near airports and pay around £1,500 for the privilege. 

Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency, claims that all travellers will also be asked  by airlines and border officials if their journey is essential. 

Airlines will be fined if they fail to enforce non-exemptions properly, he said.  

The 30 'high risk' countries, due to be published later today along with a start date, are expected to include Brazil, South Africa, Portugal, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, much of South America and southern Africa.    

These areas have been chosen because of dangerous variants that have emerged there - or because they have rocketing infection and death rates. 

The government is also considering dumping its 'test and release' scheme, which allows travellers to leave quarantine if they have a negative Covid test on the fifth day in isolation. This would ensure anyone arriving in Britain would have to self-isolate for ten days. 

Priti Patel, who was calling for a blanket hotel quarantine policy for all travellers, will set out the details in the Commons after the Prime Minister gives a statement on Covid at 1.15pm today.

But Government sources have told MailOnline that the United Arab Emirates, where many social media stars have jetted off during lockdown, is looking less likely to appear on the list.  

Scores of influencers and millionaires have fled to Dubai to lounge in luxury hotels during lockdown. Laura Anderson, Molly-Mae Hague, Maura Higgins, Amber Davies, Georgia Harrison and Kady McDermott were among those to jet off before the third national lockdown. 

Expats working in Dubai and following the rules have accused them of 'taking the f***ing p***' by claiming they are in the city for work, and risking spreading the virus by partying and flouting social distancing. MailOnline has also been inundated with emails from people in Spain, the USA, Canada, Pakistan and South America worried that they may be caught up in the new quarantine scheme and admitting they may rush home to avoid it.

Yesterday it was revealed private flights into a Dubai airport soared by 78% at the end of last year compared to 2019, as travellers, including Love Island stars, rushed to escape lockdown and spend Christmas there.

The imminent quarantine plans split the cabinet with Home Secretary Priti Patel backing a total travel ban that would close Britain's borders.  Ms Patel, thought to be supported by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, had hoped blanket quarantine for all arrivals would stop new variants of coronavirus entering Britain. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab have been arguing strongly for any decision on whether to widen the list to be delayed. 

The impending quarantine rules came as: 

Boris Johnson said he was 'deeply sorry for every life lost' last night as the UK went past 100,000 coronavirus deaths as the PM insisted the Government 'did all we could'; England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty believes the country has reached the peak of the latest - and most serious - wave of the pandemic; People infected with Kent coronavirus variant are MORE likely to get symptoms than those who catch older strains, ONS report reveals – but they are less likely to lose smell and taste;  Cases are falling fast - down from 68,000 cases recorded on January 7 to just over 20,000 yesterday. The figure is the lowest it has been since December. But another 1,631 deaths were recorded within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test yesterday, taking the total to 100,162;

These are the daily average of cases per million people in the countries that could be on the UK quarantine list

These are the daily average of cases per million people in the countries that could be on the UK quarantine list

Flagged Camps Bay beach in Cape Town, South Africa, a country certain to be on the list after a dangerous variant emrged before Christmas

Flagged Camps Bay beach in Cape Town, South Africa, a country certain to be on the list after a dangerous variant emrged before Christmas

A deserted Praia da Rocha Beach in Portugal yesterday where the travel industry has been decimated by Covid and will now be added to a quarantine list by the UK, one of its biggest markets

A deserted Praia da Rocha Beach in Portugal yesterday where the travel industry has been decimated by Covid and will now be added to a quarantine list by the UK, one of its biggest markets

Ministers will outline plans today to force British travellers to quarantine in airport hotels, despite warnings from airline chiefs that the sector faces ruin. Pictured: Arrivals at Heathrow Airport yesterday

Ministers will outline plans today to force British travellers to quarantine in airport hotels, despite warnings from airline chiefs that the sector faces ruin. Pictured: Arrivals at Heathrow Airport yesterday

Boris Johnson (pictured) met officials yesterday to put the finishing touches to the Australian-style scheme, which is being introduced following concerns about new Covid variants

Boris Johnson (pictured) met officials yesterday to put the finishing touches to the Australian-style scheme, which is being introduced following concerns about new Covid variants

On Tuesday the Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the Covid operations committee – which includes participants from the Home Office, the Department of Transport and the Foreign Office – to put the seal on the decision. 

Dubai had been an ideal choice for many as visitors at the time weren't required to quarantine upon their return to the UK.

Many stars have insisted their trips are for 'work' with the government asking UK residents to avoid unnecessary travel. 

Who will be forced to quarantine and can I upgrade my hotel room? We answer the vital questions about the Government's new Australia-style isolation for travellers 

Who will be forced to quarantine in hotels?

As a first step, British travellers returning from high-risk countries where new strains of the virus have been detected, such as Brazil and South Africa, will be forced to isolate for ten days in airport hotels. 

Foreign nationals are already banned from entering the UK from these places. The Government is looking at widening the hotel quarantine requirement to all arrivals at airports and ports from everywhere around the world, but wants to pilot the process with a smaller group of people first. 

Boris Johnson yesterday gathered ministers to sign off on the plans with a decision expected today.

What will happen on arrival?

Travellers who face enforced quarantine will be taken by bus to a hotel where they will have to remain for ten days. 

Officials have begun talks with hotel groups about block-booking rooms that can be used for isolating. 

In Australia, people are required to stay in their room the entire time with security guards patrolling the corridors. Hotel staff are forbidden from cleaning the rooms during a person's stay.

British travellers returning from high-risk countries where new strains of the virus have been detected must isolate for ten days in airport hotels

British travellers returning from high-risk countries where new strains of the virus have been detected must isolate for ten days in airport hotels

Can you upgrade your hotel?

Travellers will not get a choice of hotel. In Australia, people do not know in advance where they will be staying and are warned there is no guarantee of access to a balcony or open window.

What are you supposed to do all day?

In Australia, exercise outside is not allowed so guests are encouraged to do stretches or yoga in their room. 

A guide given to travellers to help prepare for hotel isolation suggests planning different activities to break up the day. Examples given include getting in contact with different friends and family, learning a foreign language on a mobile phone app, trying out a new hobby such as knitting and calligraphy, and catching up on 'life admin'. 

The advice recommends planning 'rewards' to look forward to such as a phone call with a loved one or the delivery of a treat. People sharing rooms with partners and family members are encouraged to set ground rules for the stays such as scheduling a time each day when everyone does a 'quiet' activity to help avoid disagreements.

Last summer an outbreak of coronavirus in Melbourne was blamed on security guards having sex with guests at one of the quarantine hotels.

Who pays the hotel bill?

The Government will arrange transport for travellers to their accommodation, but they will have to cover the cost of their hotel room, estimated to be about £1,500. The cost of 14 days in a quarantine hotel is £1,692 for an adult in Australia, £1,630 in New Zealand and £642 in Thailand.

 

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An agent, whose client had travelled to Dubai, told the Mirror earlier this month: 'We manage their social media accounts and I've seen a number of death threats in direct messages.

'It's been relentless. We warned them not to travel abroad while a lot of the nation is under severe restrictions as it's a terrible look, but they ignored it.'

Travel chiefs warned quarantine hotels could 'decimate' the beleaguered sector.

Airline bosses wrote to Mr Johnson warning firms could go bust and tens of thousands of jobs lost if summer holidays are cancelled for a second year.

The letter was signed by easyJet chief Johan Lundgren, Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss, British Airways boss Sean Doyle, Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy and David Burling, CEO of markets and airlines for package holiday giant Tui.

They called for an 'urgent roadmap for the reopening of air travel' as vaccines are rolled out and life begins returning to normal.

They said Britain already has 'some of the toughest border restrictions on international arrivals anywhere in the world'.

And they hit out at ministers for failing to share any 'compelling scientific evidence that introducing a policy potentially of blanket quarantine in hotels is necessary in addition to measures only recently introduced'.

The letter follows a string of announcements on restrictions at borders, including passengers needing proof of a pre-flight negative Covid-19 test and the scrapping of the 'travel corridor' safe list of countries.

There is also a complete ban on travel into the UK from 30 countries, including the whole of South America and southern Africa.

The ban does not include British and Irish nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents, who are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.

The airline chiefs pointed out that the aviation industry supports about 1.56million jobs and contributes £88.8billion to the economy, or about 4.5 per cent of UK GDP.

They added: 'With each day the UK is isolated from the world, causing untold economic damage, both to the UK's essential aviation infrastructure – its airlines, airports and ground handlers – but also to those businesses that depend on the UK's connectivity within a global economy.'

The industry is calling for a 'bespoke support package', saying measures up until now have been inadequate. They say business rates relief can currently amount to as little as 4 per cent for larger operators such as Heathrow.

Separately, the World Travel and Tourism Council warned shutting down UK borders further could wipe out more than £548million from the UK economy every day. The travel industry is ending its worst January on record in terms of forward bookings.

It comes as a government source told MailOnline the decisions on the quarnantine plan will 'go down to the wire', adding: 'The meeting will be where the decision is taken. It's not just rubber stamping.' 

They also cautioned that some of those coming in might not be able to pay for their own hotel stay, and there might need to be means-tested support. 

'There's a problem with Brits with not a lot of money ... you can see it coming like a slow motion steamroller.' 

It came as Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said it was 'too early' to book a summer holiday abroad - but some anxious Britons took to social media to admit the warning came too late, with some having bought flights for as early as the half-term holidays in mid-February. 

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel company The PC Agency, said: 'This is destroying confidence among holidaymakers. People are not booking summer holidays because they don't believe there is an end game which will see these blanket measures removed. 

'This is a sure-fire way of destroying Britain's aviation and travel industries. The Government needs to signal that they will withdraw the hotel quarantine rules by the end of March and return to a system of quarantining arrivals from high-risk areas only.' 

In a joint statement, the Airport Operators Association and Airlines UK insisted the country already has 'some of the highest levels of restrictions in the world' and that introducing tougher rules would be 'catastrophic'. ABTA has urged all its travel agent members to lobby MPs in a bid to convince Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to agree a multi-billion pound cash bailout for the industry.

A small number of Britons say they are now stuck in Spain and the Canary Islands, where the usually bustling beaches and promenades were largely deserted, as experts fear Mr Johnson's quarantine plan could bankrupt Britain's already ailing tourism industry. 

And photographs from some of Europe's most popular resorts, including Benidorm, show its beaches are deserted with bar and restaurant owners telling MailOnline they will go bust if the Brits don't visit this year.

Stuey Lee Lewis, 70, owner of the Geordie Bar Tat in Benidorm's Rincon area, said: 'Things are really bad. We had locals in but we can't survive on locals, we need the Brits. I know they're missing our home-cooked chips, a cold beer and our sun terrace'. Expat Terence Burgess, 74, told MailOnline: 'I was in Benidorm last week and there wasn't a soul

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