Returning Dubai holidaymakers forced to quarantine in Scotland
In current weeks, Dubai has see an increase in holidaymakers from the UK. With no restrictions apart from exhibiting a destructive Covid-19 take a look at, the nation took the chance to lure in guests who might have in any other case gone to Spain.
But that fortunate streak could also be scuppered as Scotland has eliminated this member of the United Arab Emirates from its ‘safe travel’ listing. The Scottish authorities has blamed the rise in returning passengers testing constructive with Covid-19.
It’s unclear if England will observe go well with. The UAE has loved “safe travel” standing since mid-November, however Dubai has seen a pointy rise in the variety of Covid infections for the reason that New Year. The numbers are low compared to the UK, however, they rose from 1963 new reported instances on January 2 to 2,998 on January 9.
England’s nationwide lockdown features a ban on worldwide leisure journey. Yet brokers are reporting that some shoppers are nonetheless going forward with pre-booked holidays to locations, together with Dubai, though they’ve been supplied the chance to change their vacation dates with out incurring a cost.
The fear is that these travellers threat turning into stranded overseas if flights are cancelled at brief discover.
The transfer by the Scottish Government to introduce a compulsory 10-day quarantine for folks getting back from Dubai from 4am January 11, a transfer supported by the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), who say the choice as ‘understandable’.
Anyone who has travelled to Scotland from Dubai since January 3 are additionally being requested to isolate for 10 days from the day they arrived again in the nation.
The Scottish Government stated
“This preventative motion addresses the numerous rise in instances of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the rise in the numbers of instances testing constructive in Scotland.
“Guidance stays clear that individuals shouldn’t be endeavor international journey apart from in distinctive circumstances.
SPAA president Joanne Dooey stated:
Removing Dubai from the secure listing is comprehensible. We imagine that there was a cluster of infections round Scots who travelled to Dubai over the Christmas and New Year interval.
“There’s additionally the information in the present day that one footballer getting back from there has additionally examined constructive.
The Celtic participant (who hasn’t been named) had been participating in a workforce coaching camp in Dubai.
Scotland’s Transport Secretary Michael Matheson stated:
It is clear, each in Scotland and in nations internationally, that the virus continues to pose actual dangers to well being and to life and we’d like to interrupt the rise in instances.
“Imposing quarantine necessities on these arriving in the UK is our first defence in managing the danger of imported instances from communities with excessive dangers of transmission. That is why we’ve got made the choice to take away Dubai from the nation exemptions listing.
“Whether or not an abroad vacation spot has been designated for quarantine restrictions, our message stays clear that individuals mustn’t at present be endeavor non-essential international journey. People want to keep at dwelling to assist suppress the virus, defend our NHS and save lives.
Flouting the rule to quarantine might outcome in a superb of greater than £480.
Earlier this week the UK Government introduced plans to introduce mandatory Covid testing for all arrivals.