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

Border Force

November 21
04:00 2020


Arrivals from Denmark

If you arrived in the UK after 4am on 7 November 2020, you must complete a passenger locator form and self-isolate until 14 days have passed since the day after you left Denmark. Members of your household must also self-isolate.

There are no jobs that qualify for exemptions from these requirements.

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 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 21 November 2020 +show all updates
  1. Specialist technical workers - subsea telecommunications infrastructure added to list.

  2. Exemption for seasonal poultry workers added.

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

  4. Offshore oil and gas workers added to exempt jobs list.

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

  6. Update to exemption for seafarers.

  7. Healthcare workers removed from list.

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

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

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

  11. 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.

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