Film, TV workers arriving in UK must quarantine

The exemption was removed at 4am on Monday, January 18.

By Ben Dalton 19 Jan 2021

Film, TV workers arriving in UK must quarantine
War of the Worlds. Credit: Urban Myth

All film and TV workers arriving in the  UK must self-isolate for 10 days, following the removal of the job category from the list of jobs exempt from Covid-19 restrictions.

The job category was one of eight removed from the latest update to the exemption list, at 4am on Monday, January 18.

All film and high-end TV workers arriving in the UK must now complete each of the following three steps:

  • Take a Covid-19 test before travelling, at no more than three days before, which returns as negative. 
  • Complete a passenger locator form.
  • Self-isolate for 10 days. 

Other categories no longer exempt from the restrictions include television workers (on non-high-end productions) and performing arts professionals.

Under the government’s Test To Release scheme, individuals in England may pay for a private Covid-19 test after five days of isolation, and exit from isolation providing it returns a negative result.

Screen contacted the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for clarification on the move; their response and the reaction of BFC CEO Adrian Wootton can be found here.


The change was announced on Friday, January 15. The British Film Commission posted a series of tweets updating its Covid-19 filming guidance at 5.34pm and then confirming the exemption tightening at 10.55pm.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, ScreenDaily.

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