Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Investing

New ‘business traveller’ exemption from quarantine announced

Heathrow

No countries have been added to or removed from the UK’s list of travel corridors, but a new “business traveller” exemption from quarantine has been announced.

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.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the exemptions will be ‘subject to specific criteria being met’
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.

People will only be exempt when carrying out specific business activity and will only be allowed to meet with others as required by that, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

The department said more information will be released once the new rules have come into effect.

According to the DfT, sectors such as the media and elite sport were also included as they “require specific, high-talent individuals who rely on international connections”.

It added: “PHE [Public Health England] do not anticipate these changes will raise the risk of domestic transmission, due to the protocols being put in place around these exemptions, however all exemptions will remain under review.”

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said the announcement was a “welcome first step in dismantling the quarantine system and showing that Britain is open for business again”.

“There will be some big businesses that are able to take advantage of it,” he said.

But Labour’s shadow transport secretary said the announcement showed it was “one rule for some and another rule for everyone else”.

“If this government was serious about supporting the economy and jobs it would bring forward a proper package of financial support for businesses and the self-employed and a comprehensive plan for airport testing,” he said.

“Instead we have Tory ministers announcing loopholes for those they consider ‘high-value’.”

At the moment, nearly all people arriving back in the UK from destinations not thought to be at low risk of COVID-19 have to self-isolate for 14 days.

From 15 December, travellers arriving in England will be able to end their quarantine period after five days if they test negative for the virus.

Passengers will have to pay for the tests themselves, and will need to book with one of the private providers on the government’s list.

They will cost between £65 and £120.

Read more:
New ‘business traveller’ exemption from quarantine announced

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Economy

THE PESO strengthened against the dollar on Tuesday amid easing global oil prices and ahead of an expected increase in remittances due to the...

Economy

PHILIPPINE STOCKS extended their climb on Tuesday on last-minute bargain-hunting and ahead of the rebalancing of the MSCI. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index...

Economy

THE government financial institutions (GFIs) that will be tapped to provide capital and help manage a P250-billion sovereign wealth fund have disclosed their proposed...

Economy

THE European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) urged the Philippines to eliminate tariffs on imports of all electric vehicles (EVs) regardless of...

Economy

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. is expected to sign an executive order (EO) that will fast-track applications for investments deemed strategic to the economy,...

Economy

AN Israeli tech investor said a country’s legal system is a major consideration in attracting foreign investment, and urged legislators to reform the tax...

You May Also Like

Investing

The minute that any question pops into your head, you can simply ask Google. No longer do we have to pour over books and...

Investing

Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...

Investing

Browsing history makes referring to sites and pages you’ve visited in the past seamless. It’ll help you recall what page you checked out on...

Investing

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the global population. Therefore, it is a problem that many people suffer or have suffered throughout...

Disclaimer: SmartRetirementReport.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.