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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the Travel Regulations”) introduced certain requirements for persons entering Wales to reduce the risk of imported infections.

The law in Wales may differ to the law applicable in other parts of the UK. This guidance is applicable to anyone who arrives in Wales who has been outside of the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) in the 14 days before arrival.

The Travel Regulations are subject to a formal review every 28 days. However, changes may be made more frequently, especially in relation to the removal of countries from the list of exempt countries and territories. It is advisable to check the latest position before departure on both the outward and return journeys.

Background

The Travel Regulations were introduced on 8 June 2020 and required persons arriving in Wales who have been in a country outside the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) at any point during the 14 days before arrival to isolate for up to 14 days, subject to a number of exemptions.

The Travel Regulations have been amended on a number of occasions, most notably to introduce travel corridor exemptions for person travelling from some countries and territories. The list of exempted countries and territories sets out those countries from which persons arriving in Wales do not need to isolate.

Exemption rules

You generally will not have to isolate when you arrive in Wales, if you are travelling from within the Common Travel Area or you are arriving from one of the countries or territories listed in the Travel Regulations as exempt (“the exempted countries list”).

You will, however, need to isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country or territory that is not on the exempted countries list in the 14 days before you arrive in Wales. This applies to all travel into Wales, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.

Even if you are exempt from the requirement to isolate as set out in the Travel Regulations, you will still need to follow the rules for people who live in Wales upon arriving in Wales.

Travellers arriving in Wales from elsewhere within the UK

If you are arriving in Wales from within the UK (England, Scotland or Northern Ireland) and have not been outside the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands) in the 14 days before entering Wales, you will not need to provide your journey or contact details or isolate.

If you arrive from elsewhere in the UK and have been outside the Common Travel Area at any point in the 14 days you will be required to provide passenger information at the point of entry to the UK (and keep that information updated as required) and you may be required to isolate.

Travellers arriving in Wales from within the Common Travel Area

If you are arriving in Wales from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and have not been outside the Common Travel Area in the 14 days before entering Wales you will not need to provide your journey and contact details by completing a passenger locator form or isolate

You can show details of recent travel into the CTA, such as a boarding pass or itinerary, to help confirm when you entered the CTA and how long you have spent in the CTA in total.

Travellers arriving in Wales from a non-exempt country

If you are arriving in Wales from a non‑exempt country or territory (any country or territory outside of the UK which is not on the exempted countries list below) or you have been in a non‑exempt country or territory at any time in the 14 days before entering Wales;

  • You will need to provide your journey and contact details by completing a passenger locator form
    (This can be done electronically prior to arriving in Wales and if so you may be requested to present these details at your point of arrival.)
  • You will need to isolate for 14 days

This applies to both visitors and UK residents. 

If you are arriving from elsewhere in the UK having been in a non-exempt country in the last 14 days, you are not required to submit another passenger locator form when you arrive in Wales as this will have already been submitted upon arrival in the UK.

Upon your arrival in Wales you will need to isolate for the balance of the 14 days and update any information, including the address at which you will be residing.

Should your passenger information change whilst in Wales then you must update this as and when required.

The 14 day period of isolation starts on the date you enter Wales, although you will be able discount any time immediately before that spent elsewhere in the UK or in a place on the exempted countries list. For example, if you arrived in an exempt country or territory five days before you then travelled to Wales the Travel Regulations would require you to isolate for 9 days upon your arrival.

There are some exemptions from requirements to provide journey details and/or to isolate for specific categories of people (see below).

Travel corridors

On the 10 July 2020 a list of exempt countries and territories was added to the Travel Regulations, which are also known as Travel Corridors, from where you may be able travel to Wales without needing to isolate.

This list may change with countries and territories being added or removed following Welsh Ministers decisions on the potential health risks of travellers arriving from those destinations.

You must check the list of exempt countries and territories before departure on both the outward and return journeys.

From 04:00 on Saturday 14 November, passenger planes and ships travelling directly from Denmark, and accompanied freight, will no longer be able to land or dock at Welsh ports.

Countries and territories which are exempted or were previously exempted as at 04:00 28 November 2020

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 14 November)
  • Andorra (removed from 23:59 hours Thursday 6 August)
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 15 August) (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • Australia
  • Austria (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 22 August)
  • Bahrain (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Barbados
  • Belgium (removed from 23:59 hours Thursday 6 August)
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 3 October) (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 21 November)
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei (added from 23:59 hours Thursday 6 August)
  • Cambodia (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Channel Islands
  • Chile (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Croatia (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 22 August)
  • Cuba (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 29 August)
  • Curaçao (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 26 September)
  • Cyprus (removed from 04:00 on Sunday 1 November)
  • Czech Republic (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 29 August)
  • Denmark (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 26 September) (added from 04:00 on Sunday 25 October) (removed from 04:00 on Friday 6 November)
  • Dominica
  • Estonia (added from 23:59 hours Thursday 30 July) (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 15 August)
  • French Polynesia (removed from 04:00 hours Friday 4 September)
  • Germany (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 7 November)
  • Gibraltar (removed from 04:00 hours Friday 4 September) (added from 04:00 19 September)
  • Greece (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Corfu (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Crete (removed from 04:00 hours Friday 4 September) (added from 04:00 on Sunday 18 October)
  • Greek island of Kos (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Lesvos (removed from 04:00 hours Friday 4 September) (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 10 October) (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Mykonos (removed from 04:00 hours Friday 4 September) (added from 04:00 on Sunday 25 October) (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Paros and Antiparos (removed from 04:00 hours Friday 4 September) (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 10 October) (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Rhodes (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Santorini (removed from 04:00 hours Wednesday 9 September) (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 10 October) (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Serifos (removed from 04:00 hours Wednesday 9 September) (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 10 October) (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Tinos (removed from 04:00 hours Wednesday 9 September) (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 10 October) (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 14 November)
  • Greek island of Zakynthos (removed from 04:00 hours Friday 4 September) (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 10 October)
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe (added from Friday 31 July) (removed from 04:00 19 September)
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 12 September)
  • Iceland (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 26 September) (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Ireland
  • the Isle of Man
  • Israel and Jerusalem (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 21 November) (Information on the UK position on Jerusalem (on GOV.UK)
  • Italy (removed from 04:00 on Sunday 18 October)
  • Jamaica (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 29 August)
  • Japan
  • Kiribati (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • Laos (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Latvia (added from Friday 31 July) (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Liechtenstein (removed from 04:00 Sunday 25 October 2020)
  • Lithuania (removed from 04:00 on Sunday 1 November)
  • Luxembourg (removed from Friday 31 July)
  • Macao (Macau)
  • Malaysia (added from 23:59 hours Thursday 6 August)
  • Maldives (added from 04:00 Sunday 25 October)
  • Malta (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 15 August)
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • Monaco (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 15 August)
  • Mongolia (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 21 November)
  • The Netherlands (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 15 August)
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Mariana Islands (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 21 November)
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Poland (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 3 October)
  • Portugal (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 22 August) (removed from 04:00 hours Friday 4 September) (the Azores and Madeira will remain exempt)
  • Qatar (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Reunion (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 12 September)
  • Rwanda (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 21 November)
  • Samoa (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • San Marino (removed from 04:00 on Sunday 18 October)
  • Serbia (removed from Saturday 11 July)
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 29 August)
  • Slovakia (added from n Friday 31 July) (removed from  04:00 on Saturday 26 September)
  • Slovenia (added from Friday 31 July) (removed from04:00 19 September)
  • Solomon Islands (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • South Korea
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Spain (removed from Sunday 26 July)
  • Spanish island of The Canarys (added from 04:00 Sunday 25 October)
  • Sri Lanka (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 21 November)
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines (added from Friday 31 July)
  • Sweden (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 12 September) (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 7 November)
  • Switzerland (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 29 August)
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand (added from 04:00 19 September)
  • Timor-Leste (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • Tonga (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 22 August)
  • Turkey (removed from 04:00 on Saturday 3 October)
  • Turks and Caicos (removed from 04:00 hours Saturday 15 August) (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Uruguay (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 21 November)
  • US Virgin Islands (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 21 November)
  • United Arab Emirates (added from 04:00 hours Saturday 14 November)
  • Vatican City State (removed from 04:00 on Sunday 18 October)
  • Vanuatu (added from 04:00 Saturday 28 November)
  • Vietnam

Updates to the travel corridor list

The Welsh Ministers are keeping the list of exempt countries and territories under review. For example, if the public health situation in a country or territory worsens, we may reintroduce isolation requirements.

Transit stops

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off. It can apply to aircraft and ships and ferries. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

If your journey involves a transit stop in a country or territory not on the list you will need to isolate on your arrival in Wales if:

  • you disembark the aircraft or ship/ferry
  • new passengers get on

You do not need to isolate if during your transit stop in a non-exempt country or territory if:

  • no new passengers get on
  • you do not disembark the aircraft or ship or ferry
  • passengers get off but do not get back on

If you travel by private vehicle through a non-exempt country or territory and arrive in Wales then you are required to isolate for 14 days, or the balance of days if applicable, even if you did not stop and get out of the vehicle during that journey. 

Categories of persons exempt or excepted from isolation

The information provided below is a summary of the main categories of persons who may be exempt or excepted from the requirement to provide passenger information and/or isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Wales.

An exemption means that those categories of persons subject to the exemption will not need to provide passenger information and/or isolate (as the case may be).

An exception means that you need to isolate at all times unless engaged in a specific activity under the exception as set out in the travel Regulations. 

Further information can be found in Schedule 2 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

These exemptions or exceptions apply only when travelling for work purposes.

If you travel for any other reason, for example to go on holiday or visit family and friends, you must isolate on return.

Members of diplomatic missions and consular posts in the UK, officers, servants or representatives of international organisations, representatives at an international or UK conference granted privileges and immunities, and their families or dependents

This includes representatives of international organisations who are travelling to the UK on official visits, for example to attend negotiations.

You will not need to provide your journey or contact details.  You will not need to isolate for 14 days if it is confirmed that your work is essential to the functioning of the mission, international organisation or conference and that it cannot be undertaken whilst isolating.

If your family members or other dependents travel with you, they will need to isolate for 14 days after they arrive in the UK.  Before you travel, your mission, international organisation or conference will need to notify the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) or Protocol Directorate who may issue you with an exemption letter.

Representatives of a foreign country or territory and representatives of the British overseas territories, along with their families or dependents travelling to the UK to undertake official business with the UK

This includes representatives of foreign countries or territories who are travelling to the UK on official visits, for example to attend negotiations.

You will not need to provide your journey or contact details.

You will not need to isolate for 14 days if it is confirmed that you are travelling to the UK for official business which cannot be undertaken whilst isolating.

If your family members or other dependents travel with you, they will need to isolate for 14 days after they arrive in the UK.

Before you travel, your mission or a representative of your country or territory will need to notify the FCO who may issue an exemption letter to show at the border.

Crown servants, government contractors, or members of a visiting force required to deliver essential defence activities

Note - “Crown servant” has the meaning given in section 12(1)(a) to (e) of the Official Secrets Act 1989 this includes, amongst other things, defence personnel and members of the diplomatic service.

You will not need to provide your journey or contact details or isolate for 14 days if:

  • you are required to undertake work necessary to the delivery of essential defence activities 
  • immediately before arrival have been aboard a vessel operated by or in support of Her Majesty’s Naval Service for a continuous period of at least 14 days and that vessel has not taken on any persons or docked in any port outside the common travel area during that period

Crown servants or government contractors required to undertake essential government work related to the UK border in the UK

Note - “Crown servant” has the meaning given in section 12(1)(a) to (e) of the Official Secrets Act 1989 and this includes, amongst other things, defence personnel and members of the diplomatic service.

You will not need to provide your journey or contact details or isolate for 14 days if you are:

  • required to undertake essential government work related to the UK border in the UK within 14 days of your arrival
  • undertaking essential government work related to the UK border outside of the UK but required to come back to the UK temporarily before departing the UK to again undertake essential government work related to the border

You should use your official photo identification to demonstrate your status.

Non-UK officials and contractors required to work on essential border security duties

You will not need to provide your journey or contact details or isolate for 14 days if you are an official or contractor of a foreign government required to travel to the UK to undertake essential border security duties, and, either

  • in possession of a written notice signed by a senior member of your government confirming that you are required to undertake essential border security duties in the UK within 14 days of arrival and that that work cannot be undertaken whilst the person is complying with regulation 4, or
  • your deployment is pursuant to a standing bilateral or multilateral agreement with the UK government on the operation of the border controls within the UK

You should use your official photo identification to demonstrate your status.

Crown servants or government contractors travelling to the UK for essential policing or essential government work

Note - “Crown servant” has the meaning given in section 12(1)(a) to (e) of the Official Secrets Act 1989 this includes, amongst other things, defence personnel and members of the diplomatic service.

You will need to provide your journey and contact details.  You will not need to isolate for 14 days if you are:

  • required to undertake essential policing or essential government work in the UK within 14 days of your arrival
  • undertaking essential policing or essential government work outside of the UK and you are required to return to the UK temporarily and will thereafter depart to undertake essential policing or essential government work outside of the UK
  • conducting bi‑lateral or multilateral discussions with another state or international organisation

Your department, employer, or the Ambassador, High Commissioner or equivalent at the UK Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or Mission in the country you are travelling from (i.e. where you are working at post), will issue you with a letter confirming you are exempt. You should bring this with you to the UK.

If you are engaged in defence activity, follow the advice for defence personnel

People who travel regularly for work at least once a week

If you live in the UK and work abroad, or, live abroad and work in the UK you will need to show evidence of your work arrangements and demonstrate that you travel between the two on a minimum of a weekly basis, for example, a season ticket.

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

Drivers of goods vehicles or public service vehicles and other employees of community licence holders for the international carriage of goods or passengers by coach and bus

You will need to provide your journey and contact details.  You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show that your travel is part of your job, for example a letter from your employer, a consignment note or your operator’s licence.

People transiting airside (individuals who arrive in the UK but do not pass border control)

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days as you are only transiting via the UK

You will not need to show anything as you will not pass through the UK border.

Civil aviation inspectors engaged on inspection duties

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You should show your accreditation from appropriate authority in your home country. For example, the Transport Department or Civil Aviation Authority.

Eurotunnel train drivers and crew, Eurotunnel Shuttle drivers, freight train drivers, crew and essential cross-border rail freight workers operating through the Channel Tunnel

You will not need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

If you are Eurotunnel staff, you should show a terminal access pass, or train driving licence.

Drivers and crew of trains operated by Eurostar International Limited, essential cross-border workers working for Eurostar International Limited

You will not need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

If you are Eurostar staff, you should show a Eurostar staff pass, or letter from Eurostar, or train driving licence.

Operational, rail maintenance, security and safety workers working on the Channel Tunnel system

You will not need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You should show your terminal access pass.

Workers engaged in essential or emergency works to the rail network as part of a specialist team with or for Network Rail

You are only exempt if you are either:

  • working on automated ballast cleaning and track re-laying systems
  • a specialist rail maintenance technicians maintaining or commissioning industrial machinery for use on national rail infrastructure

You will need to provide your journey and contact details.  You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You should show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details from your employer
  • what work You will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification (sentinel card), you should bring this with you to the UK.

Seamen and masters as defined in section 313(1) Merchant Shipping Act 1995, maritime pilots as defined in para 22(1) of schedule 3A of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, and inspectors and surveyors of ships appointed under section 256 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995

Note - this includes maritime inspectors and surveyors of the Red Ensign Group, who are co-located within the Maritime Coastal Agency in Southampton but work for the Overseas Territories (OT)

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

If you work on a ship, including fishermen, you should show a Seafarers Identification Document (SID) if you have one.

If you do not have a SID, you can show your joining papers, seafarers employment agreement or a seafarers discharge book (Continuous Certificate of Discharge) instead. Alternatively, you could show a basic training certificate or declaration from the registered owners of the vessel that you are a crew member.

Pilots, as defined in paragraph 22(1) of Schedule 3A to the Merchant Shipping Act

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

If you work on a ship, including fishermen, you should show a Seafarers Identification Document (SID) if you have one.

If you do not have a SID, you can show your joining papers, seafarers employment agreement or a seafarers discharge book (Continuous Certificate of Discharge) instead. You can also show a basic training certificate or declaration from the registered owners of the vessel that you are a crew member.

Inspectors or surveyors of ships

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You should show a Seafarers Identification Document (SID) if you have one. If you do not have a SID, you can show your joining papers, seafarers employment agreement or a seafarers discharge book (Continuous Certificate of Discharge) instead.

Pilots and crew, as defined in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the Air Navigation Order 2016(h), where such crew have travelled to the UK in the course of their work

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You should show a crew badge or ID.

Seasonal agricultural workers who have an offer of employment for seasonal work to carry out specific activities in edible horticulture on a named farm

You will need to complete a passenger locator form on your arrival and provided details of the premises where you will be residing.

If you are a seasonal agricultural worker arriving from a non-exempt country or territory, with an offer of employment for seasonal work to carry out specific activities in edible horticulture (defined below) on a named farm then you will be excepted from the requirement to isolate in so far as it is for the purpose of carrying on that specified activity.

“Edible horticulture” means:

  • protected vegetables grown in glasshouse systems,
  • field vegetables grown outdoors, including vegetables, herbs, leafy salads and potatoes,
  • soft fruit grown outdoors or under cover,
  • trees that bear fruit,
  • vines and bines, or
  • mushrooms;

The “specified activities” are:

  • crop maintenance,
  • crop harvesting,
  • tunnel construction and dismantling,
  • irrigation installation and maintaining,
  • crop husbandry,
  • packing and processing of crops on employers premises,
  • preparing and dismantling growing areas and media,
  • general primary production work in edible horticulture,
  • activities relating to supervising teams of horticulture workers.

When you are not engaged in a specified activity you will be required to isolate in accordance with the guidance document “How to self-isolate when you travel to Wales: coronavirus (COVID-19)”.

Workers engaged in essential or emergency works, related to water supplies and sewerage services

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company or the company you are coming to work for. Those bodies authorised to issue a letter are either:

  • Water UK
  • the relevant water undertaker, sewerage undertaker, water supply license, sewerage licensee or local authority that you are carrying out the work for
  • The letter must include: your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Workers with specialist technical skills for essential or emergency works or services (including commissioning, maintenance, and repairs and safety checks) to ensure the continued production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You should show a letter from your company which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • contact details for the business or organisation you will be completing work for in the UK
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK

You will need to show that your travel to the UK is essential for your work here, for example a letter from your employer, a consignment note or your operator’s licence.

Workers with specialist technical skills required for essential or emergency works (including commissioning, maintenance, repairs and safety checks) or to fulfil contractual obligations or warranty specifications in, or in connection with, waste management facilities used for the management, sorting, treatment, recovery, or disposal of waste (including energy from waste)

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • contact details for the waste management business or organisation you will be completing work for in the UK
  • detail of what work you will be doing

If your employer has issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Workers with specialist technical skills required for essential or emergency works to ensure the continued safe and secure operations of generating stations, gas or electricity transmission or distribution networks, electricity interconnectors, gas terminals or district or communal heat networks

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Workers required for the continued safe and secure operation, maintenance and essential support services for offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the UK

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Workers with specialist technical skills required for essential or emergency works to ensure the continued safe and secure operations of space infrastructure

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Nuclear personnel who are essential to the safe and secure operations of a licensed nuclear site

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Nuclear emergency responder

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

International nuclear safeguards and chemical industry inspectors, representing the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Euratom

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter at the border issued by the relevant department to your sponsoring organisation – either the IAEA, Euratom or the OPCW.

If your organisation issues you with identification or travel documentation, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Specialist aerospace engineers, or specialist workers responsible for ensuring the safe operation of aircraft

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Workers with specialist technical skills required for essential or emergency works to ensure the continued safe and secure operations of a downstream oil facility that has a capacity in excess of 20,000 tonnes

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Postal workers involved in the transport of mail into and out of the UK

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Individuals arriving to attend pre-arranged treatment, when receiving that treatment in the UK

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will be able to travel to and from your healthcare provider and the place you are staying in the UK. You will otherwise be required to isolate for 14 days.

You should show a letter or S2 certificate from your healthcare provider explaining your treatment.

Healthcare means all forms of healthcare including mental and physical health.

There are also exemptions for live donors and those accompanying the individual, for example a carer or a child.

If you are bringing a carer or care companion with you to the UK, they should show a letter from your care provider or their employer confirming that they’re providing care so they will also not need to isolate.

Registered health or care professionals travelling to the UK to provide essential healthcare, including where this is not related to coronavirus

As and from 10 July 2020 this exemption no longer applies.

Therefore, if you are a registered health or care professional travelling to the UK from a non-exempt country or territory you will be required to isolate for 14 days.

If you’ve travelled to the UK for the purpose of transporting, to a healthcare provider in the UK, material which consists of, or includes, human cells or blood which are to be used for the purpose of providing healthcare

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

  • You will need to show:
  • your staff pass or photo identification
  • confirmation from a healthcare provider explaining:
  • the date, location and recipient of the products
  • what material you are carrying
  • why you are carrying it

If you are transporting a controlled drug, you will need to show a Home Office import licence.

Qualified persons and responsible persons for human and veterinary medicines, clinical trials, clinical investigations and pharmacovigilance

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show:

  • your staff pass or photo identification
  • confirmation from the trial sponsor including
  • the date and location of the trial
  • what your involvement in the trial is, for example if you manage, coordinate or administrate trials or medical research

Quality assurance inspectors for human and veterinary medicines

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

If you are conducting quality assurance assessments/inspections for any category of medicine, medical product or substance of human origin, You will need to show:

  • your staff pass or photo identification
  • confirmation of the date and location of your quality assurance assessment or inspection

Sponsors and essential persons needed for clinical trials or studies

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show:

  • your staff pass or photo identification
  • confirmation from the trial sponsor including
  • the date and location of the trial
  • what your involvement in the trial is, for example if you manage, coordinate or administrate trials or medical research

People involved in essential maintenance and repair of data infrastructure required to reduce and resolve outages, or in the provision of goods and services to support these activities

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

Information technology or telecommunications professionals whose expertise is required to provide an essential or emergency response to threats and incidents relating to the security of any network and information system and ensure the continued operation of any network and information system

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

People engaged in urgent or essential work on electronic communications networks

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

People engaged in urgent or essential work for the BBC’s broadcasting transmission network and services

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes:

  • your personal details, such as name and address
  • contact details for your employer
  • what work you will be doing

If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK.

International prison escorts, designated by the relevant Minister under section 5(3) of the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984(a)

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

If you are travelling internationally to escort prisoners, you will receive a letter from HMPPS. This letter will include your unique ID number linked to your prison service warrant card.

You should present this letter and your warrant card on arrival in the UK which also includes your photograph.

Elite sports people and support staff

Elite athletes and support staff, habitually resident in the UK, are exempt from the isolation requirements upon returning to Wales after competing abroad. 

Sports competitors and support staff coming to Wales to compete in specific events (see list below) do have to isolate but they are allowed to leave isolation to train or compete in their sport.

You will need to provide your journey and contact details.

The specified sporting events are:

1. An event at which any of the participants compete:

  1. to qualify, or
  2. as part of a selection process, for the Olympics, Paralympics or Commonwealth Games.

2. Cricket:

  1. test matches
  2. one day international matches
  3. international T20 matches
  4. England and Wales Cricket Board - T20 Blast
  5. England and Wales Cricket Board - The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

3. Darts:

  1. Professional Darts Corporation Summer Series
  2. Betfred World Matchplay Darts
  3. Professional Darts Corporation - Unibet Premier League
  4. Professional Darts Corporation - Development Tour
  5. Professional Darts Corporation - Challenge Tour
  6. Professional Darts Corporation - Women's Series
  7. Professional Darts Corporation - Players Championship
  8. Professional Darts Corporation - World Youth Championship
  9. Professional Darts Corporation – Boylesports Grand Slam of Darts
  10. Professional Darts Corporation – Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals
  11. Professional Darts Corporation – William Hill World Darts Championship
  12. Professional Darts Corporation – Boylesports World Grand Prix

4. Football:

  1. UEFA Champions League and Europa League fixtures
  2. international fixtures

5. Golf:

  1. Professional Golfers’ Association Betfred British Masters Championship
  2. European Tour – English Open
  3. European Tour – English Championship
  4. European Tour – United Kingdom Championship
  5. BMW Professional Golfers’ Association Championship
  6. European Tour – Celtic Classic
  7. European Tour – Wales Open
  8. European Ladies Tour– Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open
  9. European Ladies Tour – AIG Women’s British Open
  10. European Tour – Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
  11. European Tour – Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
  12. European Tour – Irish Challenge
  13. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Tournament (European Tour)
  14. The Northern Ireland Golf Open Tournament (European Challenge Tour supported by the R&A)
  15. European Tour - Scottish Championship

6. Horse racing:

  1. Moët & Chandon July Festival
  2. QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend
  3. Qatar Goodwood Festival
  4. Yorkshire Ebor Festival
  5. St Leger Festival
  6. Dubai Future Champions Festival
  7. QIPCO British Champions Day
  8. The Showcase meeting, Cheltenham

7. Motor racing:

  1. Formula One Pirelli British Grand Prix
  2. Emirates Formula One 70th Anniversary Grand Prix
  3. Motorsport UK - British Kart Championships
  4. Motorsport UK – British Rallycross Championships
  5. British Touring Car Championships
  6. British Rallycross Championships
  7. British GT Championship & BRDC F3 Championship
  8. Goodwood Speed Week
  9. Formula Ford Festival Brands Hatch

8. Rugby football league:

  1. Betfred Super League fixtures
  2. Rugby League Challenge Cup
  3. Rugby football union 
  4. international fixtures
  5. European Professional Club Rugby fixtures
  6. Guinness PRO14 fixtures

10. Snooker:

  1. Betfred World Snooker Championship
  2. World Snooker Tour - European Masters
  3. World Snooker Tour - English Open
  4. World Snooker Tour - Shoot Out
  5. Matchroom Champion of Champions Snooker Tournament
  6. Matchroom – Championship League Snooker Tournament
  7. World Snooker Tour - German Masters Qualifiers
  8. World Snooker Tour - Northern Ireland Open
  9. World Snooker Tour - UK Championships
  10. World Snooker Tour - Scottish Open
  11. World Snooker Tour - World Grand Prix
     

11. Athletics

  1. London Marathon

12. Field hockey

  1. FIH Pro League fixtures

13. Tennis

  1. ATP Tour Finals

14. Boxing:

  1. Matchroom Fight Camp - International Heavyweight Contest
  2. Matchroom Fight Camp - World Boxing Council World Heavy Title
  3. Matchroom Fight Camp - World Boxing Organisation World Female Light Title
  4. Matchroom Fight Camp - Boxing Championship Matches
  5. Hennessy Sports – European Boxing Union Super Featherweight Championship Title
  6. World Boxing Organization European Super Bantamweight Championship Title
  7. World Super Lightweight Championship Title
  8. International Championship Boxing - Queensberry Promotions

15. Squash

  1. Manchester Open 2020 Squash Tournament

16. Ten Pin Bowling:

  1. Matchroom BetVictor Weber Cup

17. Pool

  1. Matchroom Partypoker Mosconi Cup Pool Tournament

18. Gymnastics

  1. British Gymnastics Under 18 4-Way Match

19. Mixed Martial Arts

  1. Cage Warriors Trilogy Series

20. Netball

  1. England Roses v Jamaica Sunshine Girls - Vitality International Netball Series

Film and TV cast and production crews

Cast and production crews working on certain qualifying British film and TV productions are exempt from isolation.

You will need to provide your journey and contact details. You will not need to isolate for 14 days.

Other categories of exempt persons

Workers engaged in flood and coastal risk management on behalf of the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the local authorities in England and Wales are exempt from isolation.

Workers engaged in essential or emergency works relating to current or former mining operations on behalf of the Coal Authority, a council for a county or county borough in Wales or Natural Resources Wales will not need to isolate for 14 days.

You will need to provide your journey and contact details.