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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine

Quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering the UK.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine
Sectoral exemptions

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Sectoral and other exemptions

Since the regulations were introduced on 8 June, a small number of people travelling to the UK in very limited circumstances do not need to self-isolate and/or complete contact detail declarations.

For example, if they are travelling to maintain essential supply chains, critical national infrastructure or to contribute to crisis response or other essential government work. If you are a seasonal agricultural worker, you must remain on the farm where you are working and staying for 14 days. Read further guidance for seasonal agricultural workers. View the list of exemptions to self-isolation requirements

Denmark: from 4am on Saturday 7 November travel sectoral exemptions will not apply to anyone travelling from Denmark. If you have travelled from, or been in Denmark, in the last 14 days then you will need to complete a passenger locator form and self-isolate with members of your household for 14 days

In Scotland there are some further specific differences from the exemptions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland:

  • frequent travellers for work: if you live in the UK but work in another country and travel between the UK and country of work at least once a week; and/or you live outside the UK but work in the UK and travel between your country of residence and the UK at least once a week - will need to self-isolate for 14 days if you are staying in Scotland

From 10 July, the following sectors have been included in the exemption from the self-isolation requirements work category list:

Crown servants

The exemptions list covers Crown servants, including police, where they are undertaking essential duties but it is important to distinguish that for all other Crown servants and police the following rules apply:

  • like everyone else crown servants, including police, should be following the latest Government advice
  • staff choosing to travel overseas for a holiday will be required to self-isolate on their return (unless covered by another exemption) and follow guidance from their employer

Like everyone in the UK, if you develop symptoms of coronavirus and are exempt you should not travel and should immediately self-isolate.

A small number of people travelling to the UK in very limited circumstances will not need to self-isolate and/ or complete contact detail declarations. These are if they are travelling to maintain essential supply chains, critical national infrastructure or to contribute to crisis response or other essential government work. If you are a seasonal agricultural worker, you must remain on the farm where you are working and staying for 14 days. Further guidance for seasonal agricultural workers will be available shortly.

Please note that registered health and care professionals travelling to the UK to provide essential healthcare, including where this is not related to coronavirus, have been required to self-isolate for 14 days in Scotland since Monday 8 June. This differs from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where this requirement was introduced on 31 July.

Please note that the travel corridor exemption applies to registered health and care professionals so they may not require to self-isolate if arriving or returning from one of the countries or territories mentioned on the country exemptions section of this guidance

View the list of exemptions to self-isolation requirements


First published: 12 Nov 2020 Last updated: 19 Nov 2020 -