The UK Government has announced that business travelers no longer have to go into quarantine when they arrive into the country, as long as they meet a set of required criteria.
From December 5, business people are exempt from a 14-day self-isolation period, as long as they are only undertaking specific activity related to their business. They can only meet with other people as required for that specific activity.
The exemption will also apply to domestic and international performing arts professionals, TV production staff, journalists, and recently signed elite sportspersons. The full list of of exemptions for entry into the UK can be found at gov.uk. The UK government said this was to ensure that industries that require specific, high talent individuals who rely on international connections can continue to complete their work.
People traveling from the UK Government’s list of travel corridor exemptions do not have to isolate for the mandatory period of 14-days upon arrival already. The latest additions to the list of quarantine exempt professions means business people traveling from from non-travel corridor countries do not have to isolate upon arrival in the UK.
The British Business General Aviation Association (BBGA) has welcomed the UK’s revised quarantine rules for business travelers flying into the UK.
Sean Raftery, BBGA board member and managing director of Universal Aviation UK said, “This will help restore confidence for many business travellers looking to do business in the UK and buoys the UK economy as we ready to Brexit.
“Since March we saw the enthusiasm for travel among our clients change. Back then they weren’t as comfortable traveling, and the quarantine was business prohibitive. Now they feel much safer in the knowledge that attention and investment has been made disinfecting our FBOs and aircraft and with PCR Covid-19 testing becoming more wildly available at our airports and FBOs.
“Our sector is synonymous with resilience and agility. These new exemptions are welcomed as we take steps back to normality.”