COVID-19: More roles added to travel exemptions list

The list of professions that qualify for exemptions from self-isolation or passenger locator form requirements has been updated to add certain senior executives, journalists, newly-signed elite sportspersons, performing arts professionals and television production professionals.

People entering the UK must complete a passenger locator form before travel to the UK; self-isolate if they’ve been in a non-exempt country or territory in the 14 days before they arrive in the UK; and follow any local or national restrictions (which are different for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

Individuals on the exempt list don’t have to fill in a passenger locator form or self-isolate on arrival in the UK. The full list can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/568/schedule/2

This update comes as the Department for Transport and the UK Border Force prepare to roll out the new Test to Release for International Travel scheme. Under the new scheme, if an individual is only allowed to leave self-isolation for work-related activities in England, they can from 15th December take a coronavirus test, which, if returned negative, would allow them to end their self-isolation.

The separate, location-based travel corridors approach and rules still apply.

COVID-19 in numbers

According to the last R-rate report, the number of new infections in the UK is shrinking by between 1% and 3% every day. The number of cases of COVID-19 in the UK is falling, with 15,539 reported to have tested positive in the 24 hours to 5th December, and 397 deaths reported over the same period, according to data published by the UK Government.

Globally, as of 10:41am CET, 6th December, 65,651,683 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,519,193 deaths have been reported to the World Health Organisation.

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