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Air Passenger Quarantine Rules


On Friday 22 May 2020, the UK Government announced new public health measures for all UK arrivals. Details about the announcements are available here.

What are the new guidelines for arriving air passengers?

All arriving passengers will be required to fill in a ‘contact labour form’ to allow them to be traced if they, or someone they have been in contact with, develops COVID-19.  Passengers will then be required to isolate for 14 days after they arrive in the UK. The new restrictions are anticipated to come into effect on Monday 8 June 2020.

Does the requirement to self-isolate apply to all passengers?

No. There are some exemptions from self-isolation requirements. Relevant exemptions include:

  • Road haulage workers,
  • A seasonal agricultural worker who has an offer of employment to conduct specific activities on a named edible horticulture farm.

More information about travellers who are exempt from UK border rules is available here


What are the implications for seasonal workers?

On Friday 22 May 2020, the guidance states seasonal workers are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days provided:

  • The seasonal agricultural worker has an offer of employment for seasonal work on a named farm,
  • They will be employed to carry out specific activities in edible horticulture.


Workers will be able to start work immediately but they must self-isolate on the farm. However, workers may mix with fellow workers. Workers will still be required to complete a ‘contact locator form’.


I am a seasonal worker; is there a letter I can use to highlight my exemption from the international travel restrictions?

If you are a seasonal worker with an offer of employment on a named farm and you will be employed to conduct specific activity in edible horticulture you will be able to start work immediately, and required to self-isolate on the named farm.

A template letter is available here which can be used as evidence to show exemption from Regulation 6 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.



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