The decision to simplify the traffic light system in England will be very welcome news for businesses in the travel sector and beyond.
For the latest information and advice, UK employers and business owners should visit the official guidance for employers and businesses.
There may be some variations to the below measures announced among devolved nations. Further information on support for businesses in the devolved nations can be found:
If you have any queries please contact:
International travel (UK WIDE)
If you’ve been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or most of Europe you do not need to quarantine or take a day 8 test when returning from amber list countries.
If you've had contact with someone who's tested positive (ENGLAND)
If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18 you no longer need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you have symptoms you should still isolate and take a PCR test. Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.
Vaccinations for young people (ENGLAND)
16 and 17 year olds can now get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. They’ll be contacted and invited by the NHS but cannot book online.
Latest regulations (NORTHERN IRELAND)
Any number of people can now meet in a private garden or sit together at hospitality venues. Find out what you can and cannot do in Northern Ireland on nidirect.
If you’re fully vaccinated you do not need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You still need to take PCR tests and self isolate if either are positive, or if you have symptoms. Read the self-isolation guidance for Northern Ireland on nidirect.
Vaccinations for young people (NORTHERN IRELAND)
16 and 17 year olds can now get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Find out if you’re eligible and how to book on nidirect.
Vaccinations for young people (SCOTLAND)
16 and 17 year olds can now get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Find out who can get the vaccine in Scotland and how to register on NHS inform.
No current protection levels (SCOTLAND)
To keep each other safe, there remain a number of principles and some legal requirements you should follow. Read the latest coronavirus guidance for Scotland on GOV.SCOT.
If you've had contact with someone who’s tested positive (WALES)
If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you will not need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test. Everyone must still isolate for 10 days if they have tested positive for COVID-19.
Vaccinations for young people (WALES)
16 and 17 year olds can now get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Find out who can get the vaccine in Wales and where to book on the Public Health Wales website.
Alert level 0 (WALES)
Most restrictions have been lifted. You still need to wear a face covering in many places including public transport. Read the latest coronavirus guidance for Wales on GOV.WALES.
England has moved to Step 4
The UK government is keeping in place key protections at step 4 from 19 July:
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4. This means that:
Further information available here.
Coronavirus Business Support
The UK government's Coronavirus business support hub brings together key information for UK businesses and employees.
Working safely during Coronavirus
The government has updated the guidance for businesses on working safely during Coronavirus.These guides cover a range of different types of work. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe.
Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes can now be found in the relevant guides below.
There is different guidance for:
Further guidance for employers and businesses including:
Further and Higher Education
Higher education restructuring regime
Advice for visa customers who need to apply for a passport
The Skills Toolkit
The Skills Toolkit is a free online learning platform to boost workplace skills during the Coronavirus outbreak and beyond.
Travel abroad: step by step
Safer Travel messages
As services get busier, it is more important than ever that the public follows Safer Travel guidance so they and others can travel safely.
People are being asked to minimise their travel. If they need to travel, they should follow the UK government’s guidance on how to travel safely:
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Force Majeure Certificates
These are certificates attesting the existence of force majeure circumstances i.e. circumstances beyond the control of the applicant such as fire, flood, industrial disputes, or in present circumstances, a pandemic. Please note that we can only certify factual details that can be evidenced. We cannot comment as to whether or not Force Majeure applies or argue such claims on behalf of the applicant. It is the responsibility of the applicant to claim Force Majeure and the issuing body’s role is to provide a certificate in support of such claim.
Delaying import duty payments as a result of Coronavirus
HMRC has released guidance on how to request an extension to the payment period for import duty/import VAT payments. Deferment is not automatic and requires immediate action.
Duty deferment account holders - Duty deferment account holders who are experiencing severe financial difficulty as a result of Coronavirus and who are unable to make payment of deferred customs duties and import VAT due on 15 April 2020 can contact HMRC for approval to enter into an extended period to make full or partial payment, without having their guarantee called upon or their deferment account suspended. The account holder should contact the Duty Deferment Office 03000 594243 or by email [email protected] or the Coronavirus helpline on 0800 024 1222. Account holders will be asked to provide an explanation of how Coronavirus has impacted their business finances and cash flow.
Duty Deferment account holders will be able to use their accounts during the extended payment period agreed unless they default on a subsequent payment in that period, in which case HMRC may consider suspending their account. The outstanding payment will not affect their duty deferment limit so they will not need to increase their guarantee to cover the outstanding payment. Where HMRC agree to an extended payment period, interest will not be charged on the outstanding payments provided they are paid in full by the agreed date.
Duty/import VAT payments not covered by a duty deferment account - Registered Importers who pay cash or an equivalent and are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of Coronavirus can contact HMRC to request an extension to the payment deadline at the time the payment is due. They will be asked to provide an explanation of how Coronavirus has impacted on their business finances. HMRC will consider this request and decide whether or not to agree an additional time to pay. The decision will be taken on a case-by-case basis and could be refused.
If the request is approved the conditions, including the length of time offered, will depend upon the importer’s individual circumstances and may require the holding of a guarantee for the period of the time extension. We cannot offer this facility to non-registered importers. For further information, please contact the Customs Debt Policy inbox.
Maintaining the flow of trade at the Border
In order to maintain the flow of trade at the border during the current COVID-19 outbreak, Border Control Posts (BCP) may temporarily accept scanned or electronic copies of health certification from competent authorities or operators in some specific scenarios/circumstances in relation to:
Any measures taken are only for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please refer to gov.uk for wider COVID-19 guidance or speak directly to the relevant BCP for further clarification and if you have questions about a particular import.
Coronavirus: Export Controls and Licences
In this 1-hour webinar, representatives from the Institute of Export & International Trade’s Export Control Profession and the Department for International Trade’s Export Control Joint Unit cover:
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