Full list of jobs exempt from the UK’s travel quarantine rules

Anyone arriving in the UK from abroad faces a mandatory 14-day period of self-isolation, unless they are arriving from one of the government’s exempt countries, or they meet one of the other requirements for exemption. 

People entering the country for work or business relating to certain critical industries will not necessarily be required to self-isolate on arrival, if their job function is judged to be essential.

However, all arrivals should still follow the general social distancing and coronavirus protection measures that are in place around the country. 

The following jobs offer quarantine exemptions for travellers entering the UK:  

Diplomats 

Members of diplomatic missions and consular posts in the UK, officers, servants or representatives of international organisations, representatives at an international or UK conference, and their families or dependents are all excluded from mandatory quarantine. 



Diplomats will not need to quarantine

International representatives  

Representatives of foreign countries who are visiting the UK on official business will not need to self-isolate.

However, their family members and dependants will.  

Military personnel 

Defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors who are confirmed by the Ministry of Defence will not be required to self-isolate on arrival.  

Regular travellers for work 

People who live in the UK but travel to another country for work at least once a week will not need to self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive in England.

This also applies to those who live abroad but regularly work in the UK. You will need to show evidence that you reside in one country and work in another, and travel between them on a weekly basis.  

Transport workers   

Drivers of public service vehicles, such as coaches and buses, and drivers of goods vehicles will not need to self-isolate for 14 days if they are travelling internationally for work. 

Euro tunnel train drivers and crew, Eurostar staff, freight train drivers and essential cross-border workers operating through the Channel Tunnel are also exempt from isolation. 

Workers engaged in essential works to the rail network are exempt under certain circumstances. 

Seamen are also exempt from quarantine rules when arriving in the UK. 

Pilots and crew who have travelled to the UK as part of their work are not required to self-isolate for 14 days.  

Agricultural workers  

Seasonal agricultural workers who have an offer of employment can start work immediately, but must self-isolate within the farm for 14 days.



Agricultural workers must stay within the farm for two weeks

Aerospace engineers  

Specialist aerospace engineers, or workers responsible for ensuring the safe operation of an aircraft, are not required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Postal workers 

Postal workers involved in the transport of mail in and out of the UK will not need to self-isolate. 

Certain medical workers  

NHS staff and other registered health and care professionals are not exempt from the quarantine, and do have to self-isolate for 14 days.

However, those travelling to carry out clinical trials, investigations, or inspections may be exempt.

Anyone who is transporting human cells or blood (for the purpose of healthcare) is also exempt from the mandatory quarantine.

International prison escorts  

International prison escorts who are travelling to the UK for this purpose are exempt from the required period of isolation.  

Specialist workers  

A number of specialist workers in the following industries may also be exempt from mandatory quarantine, if their work is deemed as essential. Your employer should tell you if this relates to you. 

  • Production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods 
  • Waste management
  • Gas or electricity transmission 
  • Offshore oil and gas infrastructure 
  • Space infrastructure 
  • Nuclear personnel 
  • Chemical industries
  • Oil facilities
  • Healthcare providers 
  • Data infrastructure 
  • Telecommunications
  • Electronic communications 
  • Border security
  • The BBC’s transmission network and services 
  • Water supplies and sewerage 
  • Government contractors 

Also exempt from the 14 days quarantine requirement are transit passengers who do not pass border control and travellers from within the Common Travel Area. 

Individuals arriving in the UK to attend pre-arranged medical treatment will be able to travel to and from their healthcare provider and the place they are staying, but other than that they’ll need to self-isolate for the required 14 days.

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