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

Border Force

October 25
04:00 2020


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

Some people dont 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. The form applies to people arriving from all countries and territories.

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 25 October 2020 +show all updates
  1. Offshore oil and gas workers added to exempt jobs list.

  2. Updated exemption for elite sportspersons and added exemptions for National Lottery and advertising productions.

  3. Update to exemption for seafarers.

  4. Healthcare workers removed from list.

  5. Updated to add exemptions for Scotland and information around exemptions for people travelling to the UK from some countries and territories.

  6. Updated travel details and new Coronavirus (COVID-19 guidance for travellers exempt from border rules in England.

  7. Updated to include information on self-isolation in Scotland and Wales.

  8. Exemptions to border rules that have been introduced due to coronavirus (COVID-19) have been extended to Scotland. Some rules in Scotland are different to those England and Northern Ireland.

  9. Updated to show that these exemptions now apply in Northern Ireland.Updated link to isolation rules in Northern Ireland.

  10. Updated to add links to the Public Health passenger locator form

  11. Updated to add information on what those exempt need to show at the border to enter the UK.

  12. First published.

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