England will no longer require ‘high value’ business travelers to quarantine

Daniel Fowler
December 5, 2020

TV production staff, journalists and senior executives are among those who will be exempt from Covid-19 travel quarantines in the United Kingdom from this Saturday.

Currently, anyone returning to the United Kingdom from so-called travel corridor (or low risk) destinations must self-isolate for 14 days.

Senior company executives who deliver "significant economic benefit" and whose work requires them to visit other countries in person will also be exempt.

Third are foreign-based executives or their representatives seeking to make a £100,000-plus investment in the UK, place a contract with a UK business with a value of £100,000 or more, or entrepreneurs setting up a new business within the UK that would create 50,000-plus jobs. Those business travelers will be required to document those business dealings in an exemption letter for the United Kingdom, the BBC reported, which will need to be validated by U.K. border police.

Currently, travellers coming from non-exempt nations have to quarantine for two weeks but, as of 15 December, people will be able to pay for a private coronavirus test to reduce their isolation time to as little as five days, as long as they return a negative result.

The transport secretary Grant Shapps has indicated that "high-value business travellers" will be exempt from having to self-isolate when returning to England from countries not in existing travel corridors.

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Adding: "From 4am on Sat 5th Dec certain performing arts professionals ..."

TV production staff, journalists, some performing arts professionals and "recently signed elite sportspersons" will also be exempt "subject to specific criteria being met".

Transport minister Robert Courts said the Government had acted "extremely fast" to introduce the test and release system to free people from quarantine earlier than now allowed in a bid to aid the industry.

They can only meet with others "as required by that specific activity", according to the DfT.

It said the other exemptions for performing artists certified by the Arts Council, journalists and sport "would enable industries which require specific, high talent individuals who rely on worldwide connections can continue to complete their work".

'All travellers, including those from exempt destinations, will still be required to show a complete passenger locator form on arrival into the United Kingdom unless they fall into a small group of exemptions'.

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