Britain's climate tsar has travelled to 30 countries over the last seven months, including at least six on the red list, without isolating once, it has been reported.
Minister Alok Sharma is being accused of hypocrisy after jet-setting tens of thousands of miles around the world in preparation for the upcoming COP26 global environment summit - while bypassing Covid restrictions.
He has been given a ministerial exemption from hotel quarantine after every trip, while ordinary travellers face fines of £10,000 for such breaches.
Just days after landing back in the UK after visiting red-listed Bangladesh, the minister met Prince Charles indoors with no mask.
He then went to a primary school.
The President for COP26 and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, 53, is currently touring South America, and has already taken in red-listed Bolivia and Brazil.
Despite the 'crown servants' exemption, one of Sharma's critics has blasted him as a clear example of the "one rule for them" culture that members of the cabinet enjoy under PM Boris Johnson's leadership.
Others have also questioned why at least some meetings couldn't been done virtually - which would have also helped to reduce greenhouse emissions.
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COP26 - a United Nations climate change conference taking place in Glasgow in October and November - will ironically look at ways of tackling global warming.
"I do understand, it’s very good to meet people in person, but this is excessive," Green Party peer Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb told the Daily Mail. "When you’re in charge of COP26, to take this many flights is hypocritical."
Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Sarah Olney told the newspaper: "As usual with this Government, it’s one rule for them and another for everybody else.
"While Alok Sharma flies to red-list countries with abandon, hard-working families can hardly see loved ones or plan holidays as the Government changes travel rules on the hoof."
She added people are "sick" of this current government for constantly giving itself "get-out-of-jail free passes" while everyone else has to stick stringently to the rules.
Travel consultancy boss Paul Charles said members of the public should be outraged by Sharma dodging travel restrictions.
Downing Street imposed strict rules on travel as of February to avoid new variants, including the Delta mutation first identified in India, from being brought to British shores.
All travellers coming back from any of the 33 red list nations had to isolate for 10 days in a specified hotel costing £1,750 and later £2,285.
The regulations did, however, include exemptions to spare essential overseas workers, including the likes of ministers, diplomats and defence or border officials.
They must still produce a negative test, but the costs of it are paid for by the taxpayer.
A government spokesman said: “Sustainability will be at the core of COP26. The UK will be offsetting all carbon emissions associated with running the event and working closely with sustainability experts to make this happen.”