Senior executives can temporarily leave quarantine after arrival in England

Senior executives can temporarily leave quarantine after arrival in England

Please note: this article was published on 29th June 2021, the information below may now be out of date. For the latest information, visit our Covid-19 Updates page here.

It was announced today (Tuesday 29th June 2021) that senior executives can temporarily leave quarantine on arrival in England if they are undertaking business activities which are likely to be of significant economic benefit to the UK.

You may be permitted temporarily to leave quarantine for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England if you are a senior executive in a business and you are undertaking activities which are likely to be of significant economic benefit to the UK.

You are only exempt when you are undertaking activities that qualify for the exemption. You must self-isolate at all other times.

You must notify the government of your intention to use the exemption before you travel. You will only be able to use the exemption if you have received written confirmation from the government that you are eligible to do so based on the information provided.

This exemption is designed to enable activity that creates and preserves UK jobs and investment, while taking steps to ensure public health risks are minimised.

Who is exempt

Certain senior executives that are performing activities which would be more likely than not to bring ‘significant economic benefit’ to the UK are exempt. Read the regulations for a full definition of a ‘senior executive’.

The exemption covers 2 types of senior executives (where they are undertaking qualifying activities in England). These are:

multinational executives – executives based overseas who are part of multinational firms and visiting their UK based subsidiaries or branches

international executives – executives of overseas companies normally based overseas who are seeking to undertake exempt activity in England related to either:

– making a financial investment in a UK based business
– establishing a new business within the UK

You do not qualify for the exemption if your activities can be done remotely (for example by telephone or email) or can be done by anyone other than you who would not need to leave self-isolation.

You are considered to be bringing ‘significant economic benefit’ if the work you are doing has a greater than 50% chance of creating or preserving at least 500 UK-based jobs in either:

– an existing UK-based business which has at least 500 employees
– a new UK business within 2 years of the date you arrive in the UK

How to notify the government that you wish to use the exemption

Complete a Business, Jobs and Investment Exemption Notification form. The form will ask you for your details, including the name and address of your employer and why you are applying for an exemption. This form must be completed for each individual seeking to use the exemption.

You must send the completed form to businessjobsandinvestmentexemption@beis.gov.uk.

You must submit this form to the government if you wish to use the exemption. You will not be able to use the exemption unless you have received written confirmation that the government are satisfied that you meet the criteria to do so based on the information you have provided. You must have received this before you travel to England.

After you have notified the government

You will receive a response within 5 working days of the form being received. The government may ask you for further information if they do not have sufficient evidence to be satisfied that you meet the criteria to use the exemption. The government will tell you if more information is required, including what you need to provide and how to do so. You will receive a response within 5 working days of any further requested information being received.

If after providing additional information the government is still unable to verify that your proposed visit meets the exemption criteria, you will be informed of this by letter. You will be able to provide further information to demonstrate that your visit does meet the exemption criteria if you wish to do so. You will not be able to use the exemption unless you receive a letter from the government informing confirming you that the government is satisfied that you are eligible to do so based on the information provided.

You will need to show Border Force officials the letter from the government confirming your eligibility to use the exemption. You will be unable to use the exemption if you do not provide this evidence. Each senior executive seeking to use the exemption must present their own letter from the government confirming their eligibility to use it.

Click here to read more about this on the gov.uk website

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