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

Border Force

August 2
06:41 2021


Because of COVID-19 there are rules about what you have to do before you travel to England and after you arrive.

Some people are exempt from some or all COVID-19 travel and entry requirements because of their job.

This guidance lists the jobs that qualify for an exemption and tells you:

  • what you need to do, or not do
  • any conditions you will need to meet or evidence you will need to show

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own rules and exemptions. Read more about:


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

Published 22 May 2020
Last updated 2 August 2021 +show all updates
  1. Exemption rules for isolated transport workers.

  2. Exemption for specialist technical port workers supporting ferry services added.

  3. Changes to amber list rules for people who are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme.

  4. Added new exemptions for business directors and in-flight security officers. Updated exemptions for aerospace engineers, overseas elite sportspersons, non-UK border security officials and regular work abroad.

  5. Corrected air crew exemption wording.

  6. Seafarers working on cruise ships no longer exempt from red list requirements.

  7. Green list country requirements and exemptions.

  8. Nurses from red list countries coming to take up NHS employment added to exempt jobs list.

  9. Updated guidance to reflect new COVID-19 testing regimes for UK inbound passengers coming into force on 6 April 2021.

  10. Further details about exemptions for essential and emergency work.

  11. Aviation and maritime crew exempted from red list country quarantine measures. Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) is no longer on the red list.

  12. Exemptions for completing the declaration form for overseas travel added.

  13. Further details about testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules.

  14. Information about new testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules.

  15. Exemption for new domestic elite sportspersons removed.

  16. Added information on sector exemptions being removed for travel ban countries.

  17. Eight categories of jobs removed from exemptions.

  18. Added information on which jobs will no longer qualify for an exemption.

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