COVID-19: jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

The Home Office have recently issued guidance on jobs that qualify for exemptions from self-isolation or passenger locator form requirements.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 18 January 2020)

Which jobs no longer qualify for travel exemptions?

Since 4am Monday 18 January 2021, the following jobs no longer qualify from travel exemptions:

  • advertising productions
  • business directors bringing jobs and investment to the UK
  • journalists
  • National Lottery
  • performing arts professionals
  • television production
  • high-end television production and film
  • ornamental horticulture workers

Test To Release for International Travel scheme

  • “The Test to Release for International Travel scheme starts 15 December.
  • “If you are only allowed to leave self-isolation for work-related activities in England, you can choose to take a coronavirus test under the Test to Release scheme. If you test negative, you would be able to end your self-isolation.”

Which jobs qualify for travel exemptions?

“To help protect the country from coronavirus, people entering the UK must”:

“Some people don’t have to fill in a passenger locator form or self-isolate on arrival in the UK, because of the jobs they do.

This guidance lists the jobs that qualify for an exemption and tells people”:

  • if they need to self-isolate
  • if they need to complete a passenger locator form
  • any conditions they will need to meet or evidence they will need to show

Travel corridors

“Travel corridors apply to countries or territories, not types of job. There is separate guidance for travel corridors – see below.

If you are arriving in the UK from a country that is on the travel corridor list, you may not have to self-isolate.

You will still have to complete the passenger locator form and follow any national restrictions in place.

There are different rules for travel corridors depending on whether you are”:

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

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