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Travel restrictions begin in UK leading to potential FM disruption

18 January 2021

As from today, travellers arriving in the UK from another country will need to self-isolate for 10 days and may be required to test negative for the Coronavirus.

This is likely to impact on those arriving to being FM-related roles and could cause delays in allowing workers to begin their tasks.

However, some of those arriving in the UK for work reasons may be exempt from this requirement and may not have to provide evidence of a negative test for Covid-19.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the list below includes roles may be exempt, many of which will have associations with the FM sector.

• Aerospace engineers including specialist aerospace engineers, or specialist workers responsible for ensuring the safe operation of aircraft'
• Airline pilots and crew;
• People engaged in urgent or essential work for the BBC’s broadcasting transmission network and services;
• Border security duties – UK officials and contractors and non-UK officials and contractors;
• Bus and coach drivers;
• Operational, rail maintenance, security and safety workers working on the Channel Tunnel system;
• Civil aviation inspectors;
• Sponsors and essential persons needed for clinical trials or studies;
• Crown servants or government contractors;
• 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;
• Defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors;
• 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;
• Workers with specialist technical skills required for essential or emergency works to ensure the continued safe and secure operations of a downstream oil facility;
• Drivers of goods vehicles and other employees of community licence holders for the international carriage of goods;
• People engaged in urgent or essential work on electronic communications networks;
• International elite sportspersons and essential support staff participating in a UK elite sports event listed in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) Regulations 2020;
• Domestic elite sportspersons and essential support staff returning from non-exempt countries to continue their competition or training in England;
• Elite sportspersons (and any necessary accompanying support) who have made arrangements with a professional sports club to undergo a medical assessment to inform a transfer or contract negotiation to represent that club;
• Elite sportspersons who have travelled to England from non-exempt countries and have entered into a contract with a professional sports club to compete in elite sports events on behalf of that club;
• Workers engaged in essential or emergency works on behalf of the Environment Agency relating to flood and coastal erosion risk management;
• Drivers and crew of trains operated by Eurostar International Limited, essential cross-border workers working for Eurostar International Limited;
• Eurotunnel train drivers and crew, Eurotunnel Shuttle drivers, freight train drivers, crew and essential cross-border rail freight workers operating through the Channel Tunnel;
• Government contractors required to travel to undertake essential or emergency work overseas to facilitate essential government work or the conduct of negotiations;
• Workers who the Department for Transport has confirmed are required to deliver essential construction and/or safety work on Phase One of the future high-speed network;
• International prison escorts, designated by the relevant Minister under section 5(3) of the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984(a);
• 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;
• Qualified persons and responsible persons for human and veterinary medicines, clinical trials, clinical investigations and pharmacovigilance;
• Workers engaged in essential or emergency works to the rail network as part of a specialist team with or for Network Rail;
• Nuclear personnel who are essential to the safe and secure operations of a licensed nuclear site;
• Workers required for the continued safe and secure operation, maintenance and essential support services for offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the UK;
• International nuclear safeguards and chemical industry inspectors, representing the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA);
• Postal workers involved in the transport of mail into and out of the UK;
• Quality assurance inspectors for human and veterinary medicines •People who live in the UK but work in another country and travel between the UK and country of work at least once a week, and people who live outside the UK but work in the UK and travel between their country of residence and the UK at least once a week;
• 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;
• Seamen and masters and inspectors and surveyors of ships;
• Seasonal agricultural workers who have an offer of employment for seasonal work to carry out specific activities in edible horticulture on a named farm;
• Sub-sea telecommunications infrastructure personnel who are engaged in or whose role directly supports the installation, maintenance or repair of subsea fibre optic telecommunications infrastructure who have travelled to the UK in the course of their work;
• Workers with specialist technical skills for essential or emergency works or services (including construction, commissioning, installation, maintenance, and repairs and safety checks) to ensure the continued production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods;
• Workers with specialist technical skills required for essential or emergency works (including construction, commissioning, installation, maintenance, repairs and safety checks) or to fulfil contractual obligations or warranty specifications in, or in connection with, waste management facilities;
• 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;
• Workers with specialist technical skills required for essential or emergency works to ensure the continued safe and secure operations of space infrastructure;
• People who have travelled to the UK for the purpose of transporting material which consists of, or includes, human cells or blood and which is to be used for the provision of healthcare by a healthcare provider;
• Workers engaged in essential or emergency works, related to water supplies and sewerage services.

A full list of the restrictions and exemptions in place for each job can be found on the government website here.  

There are also exemptions in place for urgent and pre-planned medical needs, as the pandemic continues to drive cause for concern.

The jobs that no longer qualify for any exemptions, according to the Manchester Evening News, include:
•People working in advertising production as a director, actor or director of photography;
• Business directors bringing jobs and investment to the UK;
• Journalists who need to travel to either England or Northern Ireland for work assignments, or return to England having travelled abroad for work assignments;
• People who represent organisations which are participating in the fourth National Lottery Licence competition;
• Performing arts professionals including UK based professionals returning from professional activity abroad who have work commitments, and to non-UK based professionals coming from abroad for work purposes;
• Essential cast and crew traveling to England to work on a TV production, or return to England having travelled abroad to work on a TV production;
• Individuals coming into the UK to work on film and high-end television productions which qualify as British under one of the government’s cultural tests or official co-production treaties.

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