‘No, I will not travel to Ireland.’
A travel advisory has been issued to UK citizens who plan to travel abroad in the coming months, following a spate of reports of people being detained in the UK on bogus charges.
Dubai has been hit by a spate the last few months of people travelling to the country on bogus visa charges, including two people from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who were detained in Dubai and charged with “terrorism offences”.
According to a report in the Times, the travel advisory issued on Monday states that there is no need to “visit to Ireland”, a warning that has sparked widespread criticism.
The travel advisory was issued by the British High Commission in Dubai, which was set up in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.
Dublin has been facing criticism for its failure to crack down on the flow of illegal immigrants from the UAE, which has more than 1.3 million residents, and has been blamed for fuelling terrorism.
The UK has seen a spike in illegal immigration in recent years, which is largely fuelled by the growing number of UK citizens and permanent residents living in the country.
Dubay al-Jubail, a large Dubai neighbourhood, has been the scene of a number of raids in recent months.
The UK Home Office said that it was not aware of any specific instances of illegal immigration at the time of the advisory.
The Foreign Office also said it was unable to comment on the advisory, but confirmed it had been issued in response to a request from the Home Office.