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Travel Exemptions - Performing Arts Professionals No Longer Qualify

For those who bring in ARTISTS

The Government announced on Friday the suspension of Travel Corridors and tightened the list of quarantine exemptions for at least one month from Monday 18th January to prevent and suppress the spread of concerning new variants of coronavirus into the UK, such as those first identified in Brazil and South America. The list of the suspended exemptions is available here and includes performing arts professionals.

This action is in response to concern over the transmissibility of new strains evolving internationally. As of 4am this morning (Monday 18 January) all international arrivals who departed from or transited through any country outside the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days will be required to both take a pre-departure test, and self isolate immediately for 10 days on arrival. 

We understand that these changes will come as a disappointment to those that have benefited from the quarantine exemption. However, until more is known about the emerging variants and their interaction with the vaccine, the bar on quarantine exemptions must remain high in the interest of public health. The new measures will be reviewed on Monday 15 February - while further work takes place to manage the threat posed by coronavirus variants.

For further information, please see the official GOV.UK page here.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 18th Jan 2021 14:42:00

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