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

Border Force

December 31
23:00 2020


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 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 31 December 2020 +show all updates
  1. Reference to Euratom removed from relevant exemption.

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Exemption for seasonal poultry workers added.

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

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

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

  11. Update to exemption for seafarers.

  12. Healthcare workers removed from list.

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