International goods and passenger vehicle drivers are exempt from the need to self-isolate for 14 days on entry to the UK but the exemption only applies where the professional driver is entering the UK for work purposes – professional drivers will therefore be required to self-isolate if returning to the UK from annual leave.
The Government guidance provides details of those travellers who are exempt from the new border rules and the circumstances in which self-isolation is not required.
The guidance specifically refers to “Drivers of goods vehicles or public service vehicles and other employees of community license holders for the international carriage of goods or passengers by coach and bus” and confirms that they will not need to self-isolate for 14 days.
They will, however, be required to complete the Public Health passenger locator form (click here) before they travel to the UK and will need to show that the travel is part of their job (for example through a letter from their employer, a consignment note or the Operator’s License) – the exemption does not therefore apply when drivers are returning to the UK from annual leave and the 14-day self-isolation period will be required.
For further information, contact the Regulatory team at Backhouse Jones on 01254 828300 or Regulatory@backhouses.co.uk