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COVID-19: Updated Guidance on Travelling to the UK and Jobs that Qualify for Travel Exemptions

22 February 2021 Grace McGill Blog

Updated 21 February 2021.

These do not apply if you’re travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. You must have spent the last 10 days in one of these places, or the UK.

Before travel to the UK

Before you travel you must:

On arrival

When you arrive you must:

If you have been in a country on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive, you have to quarantine in a government approved hotel.

Some people don’t have to do some of these things, because of the jobs they do. This guidance lists the jobs that qualify for exemptions and tells people:

  • which restrictions apply and which do not apply for each job
  • any conditions you will need to meet or evidence you will need to show

National lockdown restrictions

If you do one of these jobs, you still need to follow the same health guidance and national restrictions as people who live in the UK. Check the guidance for:

Travel corridors

Travel corridors are suspended.

Anyone who is not exempt will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the UK.

Jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

If you do one of the following jobs you may qualify for an exemption from one or more of the COVID-related travel restrictions.


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