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UAE oil workers claim they’ve been forgotten and plead to return to UK

Carl Langley, a mechanical supervisor from South Shields, said he was frustrated by the change in the rules.

He has been in the UAE since March last year, only returning home in September and December.

The 46-year-old says the first time he returned home he was required to have a PCR test, which came back negative, and to use the government’s test and trace. He was not contacted by the service.

When he returned home in December the rules changed again and because there was an air corridor in place between the UK and UAE, he did not need a PCR test. He still had to complete the passenger locator again, but no one from the service contacted him. Mr Langley said, “I could have been anywhere, but I wasn’t, I stayed home.”

Every time he returned to the UAE, he had to undergo a PCR test.

Mr Langley added, “all the press were complaining about these ‘influencers’ and ‘z’ list stars sunning it up in Dubai, when in fact they were doing nothing wrong as there was a travel corridor in place – then all of a sudden the UAE was put on red list!”

Speaking about his role, he said he spends four weeks in a controlled environment at a time and before starting work he has to quarantine for two weeks and take a PCR test.

He is now worried about restrictions and not being able to get home at all during his next period of leave.

Mr Langley said, “my partner has spent most of last year home alone, all by herself.”

“I haven’t seen my brothers, nieces and nephews for a year.”

“The situation is having a big mental impact on me,” he added.

Mr Langley concluded, “for me and others in similar situations, they could at least let us do quarantine at home.”

“I’m willing to take test after test to prove negative in the short time that I’m home – it’s only 10 days.”

Speaking to PA, My Langley added, “people say ‘you could be stuck in worse parts of the world’ but I want to be home with my family.”

Published: March 5, 2021 02:14 AM

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