New quarantine exemptions for UK business travellers

With the news that ‘high-value’ business travellers will now be allowed to enter the UK without having to self-isolate, we’ve taken a look at what that means in reality and how it will affect your business travel decisions now and in the coming weeks.

In a welcome lifting of restrictions, the new regulations mean that UK-based travellers will be able to visit countries not on the government’s ‘travel corridor’ list, and return to the UK without having to quarantine, provided they fall under certain categories.

Those categories newly added to the exemption list include:

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

What is the definition of high-value?

In this context, the government has defined ‘high value’ as:

Senior executives (directors of equivalent) bringing significant economic benefit if the work they do has a greater than 50% chance of either:

  • Creating or preserving at least 50 UK-based jobs in either an existing UK-based business which has at least 50 employees or a new UK business within 1 year of their date of arrival in the UK
  • Purchasing goods or services from a UK-based business with at least 50 employees – the order must be worth at least £100 million, or the order would be likely to create or preserve at least 50 jobs within that business

The full list of exemptions is now available on the government website.

It is worth noting that from 15th December 2020, other business travellers returning from countries not on the ‘travel corridor’ list have the option to pay for a COVID-19 test after 5 days of self-isolation, thereby reducing the current 14-day quarantine period.  

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