Sophie Piper has appeared to go against UK’s travel ban as she’s jetted to the Maldives with her new boyfriend Casey, despite rules stating overseas trips are only permitted for work purposes.
The Love Island star, 22, had been uploading bikini-clad snaps to Instagram earlier this month, but shared she’s been relaxing at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives by posting a idyllic picture of palm trees to her platform on Tuesday.
While it is currently unclear why she’s in the tropical country, the model looked delighted to be lapping up the scenic atmosphere amid England’s coronavirus lockdown.
Breaking the rules? Sophie Piper has appeared to go against UK’s travel ban as she’s jetted to the Maldives with her new boyfriend Casey
In another image, the TV star slipped into a pink swimsuit by Boohoo as she posed by the sea on Thursday.
The media personality’s boyfriend also appeared to be on cloud nine as he tucked into a luxurious breakfast, complete with champagne. MailOnline has contacted Sophie’s representatives for further comment.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged England back into a March-style lock-down on January 5.
While many Brits remain at home with social media accounts as a key form of entertainment, Instagram feeds are littered with a legion of snaps of the great and good of the reality TV world soaking up the sun around the globe.
Sun-soaked: While it is currently unclear why she’s in the tropical country, the Love Island star, 22, and her partner (pictured) looked delighted to be lapping up the scenic atmosphere
‘Forever counting my blessings’: The model shared she’s been relaxing at Hard Rock Hotel Maldives by posting a idyllic picture of palm trees to her platform on Tuesday
Minimal details: The influencer had been uploading bikini-clad snaps to Instagram earlier this month, but didn’t reveal her location (photo shared on January 6)
Was it for work? Travel rules currently state that overseas trips are only permitted for work purposes (photo shared on January 5)
Most notably and widely discussed is undoubtedly the descent of the reality world on Dubai, as the UAE has played host to a number of stars over the past year, despite the consistent rules advising against international travel, save for work or education.
A host of stars, including TOWIE’s Amber Turner, Dan Edgar, Yazmin Oukhellou and James Lock, maintained their trips have been for business purposes, with many confirming their work plans on social media or through their representatives.
New rules will require international travellers to come back negative after a PCR test before arriving in England. The rules will come into force from Friday.
From 4am on January 15, passengers arriving by boat, train or plane – including UK nationals – will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country.
Backlash: Earlier this month, fellow Love Islander Kady McDermott hit back at trolls after she was criticised for her ‘business trip’ to the Maldives
‘Out of touch’: Body confidence advocate Malin Andersson broke strict Tier 4 travel ban laws to jet off on holiday to Dubai last month
Hard at it girls? Some reality stars have jetted to Dubai and the Caribbean amid the ongoing pandemic, but have maintained they’re on work trips (Amber Turner, left, Chloe Ferry, right)
Lucky escape: Television personalities Kaz Crossley and Ellie Brown headed to the UAE for business before Tier 4 rules were enforced last month, and have since extended their stay
They will need to present proof of a negative test result – using a PCR test or on some occasions a LAMP or lateral flow test – to their carrier on boarding while the UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrivals.
New arrivals who flout the rules will face a minimum £500 fine, while the operator who transported them will also be fined.
Passengers will still have to quarantine for 10 days regardless of their test results, transport minister Robert Courts said in a statement.
British nationals attempting to return home who test positive must not travel and must follow the local guidance in their host country, and contact the nearest consulate if they need support.
Against: Non-essential travel has been strongly advised against since the beginning of the pandemic
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al-Quwain, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah have been added to the UK’s quarantine list – meaning social media stars at the Middle Eastern holiday hotspot will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
Influencers have been under scrutiny after Olivia Attwood hit out at them for claiming they are ‘working’ abroad during the coronavirus pandemic.
Outspoken TV star Olivia, 29, took to her Instagram Stories from her Manchester home on Tuesday to criticise her co-stars for claiming they are working abroad.
Her video comes as it was revealed that travellers returning to the UK from the UAE will have to quarantine following a 52 per cent surge in the number of COVID -19 cases there – an undoubted shock for the influencer-packed city.
‘Being an influencer is actually really hard and I can’t create content for you guys here, so I am going to have to go on holiday but don’t worry I will keep referring to it as ‘work,’ the tongue-in-cheek video began.
Later, the blonde elaborated, telling her followers: ‘Oh my god I sound like an actual hater. Do you know what it is right, it’s just this meme that’s been going around which is making influencers, and it’s not all of them it’s only a few, look so bad.’
‘It’s the constant “I’m working, not on holiday” shout. There is a difference from being able to earn money wherever you are are to being there for work,’ the media personality pointed out.
Olivia explained that she has never pretended a holiday with her footballer fiancé Bradley Dack, 27, is a work trip, saying: ‘Whenever I go on holiday I’ll post content which I can monetise.
‘I’m still on holiday. I don’t go “Oh me and Brad have had the most amazing week in Portugal but don’t worry I was flat out working”. You just sound so stupid.’
‘People are losing their families and you’re on the beach telling us we don’t know how hard it is’: Olivia Attwood recently hit out at influencers for claiming they are ‘working’ abroad