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Drivers carrying out international transportation tasks are exempt from the obligatory 14-day-long isolation after entering the United Kingdom. Learn what documents you need to be able to apply for the exemption.

Drivers of goods vehicles or public service vehicles and other employees of community licence holders for the international carriage of goods or passengers by coach and bus need to complete the Public Health passenger locator form before they travel to the UK. Drivers should be able to prove that their travel is part of their job with, for example, a letter from their employer, consignment note or their operator’s licence.

Drivers don’t need to self-isolate for 14 days. But keep in mind, the exemption is only valid when the driver is entering for work purposes.

Documents you need to have:

  • a proof that you are carrying out international transportation operation (e.g. a letter from their employer, consignment note or their operator’s licence)
  • a Public Health Passenger Locator Form

What is a Public Health Passenger Locator Form?

Before a driver arrives in the UK, they must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form. Normally, people arriving in the UK by train, plane or other public or group transport need to fulfil this document. If it turns out that a passenger on their flight, ship or train tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the authorities contact the rest of the passengers.

Still, lorry drivers need to have this form filled in by the time they arrive at the border.

Drivers need to provide the following information:

  • their passport information
  • their travel details, including times and dates
  • the address where they will stay in the UK (if applicable)

WARNING! You cannot submit this form until 48 hours before your arrival time in the UK. However, you can save your information and complete it later. If you are inactive for 25 minutes, you will be automatically signed out. If you do not return to this form within 7 days, your information will be deleted.

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