Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

The Home Office have recently issued guidance pertaining to Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 19 May 2021)

What is the general advice for those that wish to travel to England?

If you wish to travel to England, you must:

  • book any coronavirus (COVID-19) tests or quarantine hotel you will need after arrival
  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel
  • provide contact details by completing the online passenger locator form
  • follow the testing and quarantine rules on arrival in England

Please note that some people are exempt from some/all COVID-19 travel/entry requirements due to their jobs.

Additionally, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have separate rules to England.

Which jobs qualify for travel exemptions under Coronavirus (COVID-19) rules?

The list of jobs that qualify for travel exemptions under Coronavirus (COVID-19) rules include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerospace engineers
  • Aircraft pilots and crew
  • BBC broadcasting transmission network and services
  • Border security duties – UK officials and contractors
  • Border security duties – non-UK officials and contractors
  • Bus and coach drivers
  • Channel Tunnel system workers
  • Civil aviation inspectors
  • Clinical trials or studies
  • Crown servants or government contractors

Please be advised that this list is not exhaustive. For a comprehensive list of jobs that qualify for travel exemptions under Coronavirus (COVID-19) rules, please contact us.

What should I do before I travel to England for jobs qualify for travel exemptions under Coronavirus (COVID-19) rules?

The requirements for what you must do before travelling to England will vary dependent on the job. These include but are not limited to:

  • Taking a COVID-19 test
  • Completing a passenger location form
  • Booking tests to take after you arrive in England

What should I do after I arrive in England for jobs qualify for travel exemptions under Coronavirus (COVID-19) rules?

The requirements for what you must do after you arrive in England will vary dependent on the job and whether you are from a Green, Amber or Red list country. Below are some common rules for each category.

For Green list countries:

  • The rules apply if you have been in a green list country 10 days prior to your arrival in England
  • You must take a COVID-19 test on day 2 or earlier after you arrive if you intend on staying in England for 2 days or longer

For Amber list countries:

  • The rules apply if you have been in an amber list country 10 days prior to your arrival in England
  • You do not need to quarantine if you live in the UK
  • If you live overseas, you must quantine in your accommodation whilst in England. The only exception is when you are conducting your exempt activity
  • If you are in England for longer than 2 days, you need to take a mandatory workplace, community or home lateral flow device (LFD) teston or before days 2, 5 and 8 after arrival.
  • If you are travelling every day, you must take a lateral flow test at least once every 3 days.

For Red list countries:

Please note that dependent on your job, even if you have travelled from a red list country, you may not need to quarantine is a government approved hotel or take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and 8.

Additionally, please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

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