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

Border Force

January 15
04:00 2021


Test To Release for International Travel scheme

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.

Jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

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

Some people dont have to take a COVID test or 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:


This guidance provides a high level summary of the international travel regulations.

Published 22 May 2020
Last updated 15 January 2021 +show all updates
  1. All arrivals from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela must self-isolate.

  2. Exemptions for COVID tests to enter England added.

  3. All arrivals from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe must self-isolate.

  4. Reference to Euratom removed from relevant exemption.

  5. All arrivals from South Africa must self-isolate.

  6. Exemption for essential high-speed rail workers added.

  7. Requirement to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in UK replaced by 10 day requirement.

  8. Exemptions added for certain senior executives, journalists, newly signed elite sportspersons, performing arts professionals, television production.

  9. Specialist technical workers - subsea telecommunications infrastructure added to list.

  10. Exemption for seasonal poultry workers added.

  11. Exemptions from the requirement to self-isolate removed for arrivals from Denmark.

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