WHAT'S NEW - COVID-19 Exemption for International travel quarantine

COVID-19 Exemption for International travel quarantine 

Update 4th December 2020

COVID-19: A new 'business traveller' exemption from quarantine has been announced by the UK Government. Exemptions are possible for 'eligible persons' engaged in television production. 

From 4am on Saturday, people in a number of categories will no longer have to self-isolate upon returning to England, even if they are travelling from a country not on the travel corridors list.

They are:

  • "High value" business travellers
  • Certain performing arts professionals
  • TV production staff
  • Journalists
  • Recently signed elite sportspeople

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the move 'will allow "more travel to support the economy and jobs" and full guidance will be issued soon'.

The exemptions will be "subject to specific criteria being met", including trips that create or preserve at least 50 UK jobs.

For television production this amendment adds the following to Schedule 2 - Persons not required to comply with Regulation 3 and 4:

40A.—(1) A person engaged in television production. 

(2) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) a person is engaged in television production if that person is employed, or contracted, to make a television programme (other than a television programme which is a British programme for the purposes of Part 15A of the Corporation Tax Act 2009) as — 

(a) an actor

(b) a presenter or other significant on-screen participant 

(c) a director

(d) a producer

(e) a lighting director

(f) a director of photography

(g) a creative director

(h) other key members of the production crew at director level responsible for managing key aspects of the production, or 

(i) a senior executive responsible for overseeing the production company’s operations in relation to the production.”


  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions. UK Gov link can be found here.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Exemption to International Travel quarantine. UK Gov link can be found here.