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Travel advice for businesses and employers

This page was updated on 28 July 2021.

England has now moved to Step 4 of the Roadmap out of lockdown and most legal restrictions have been lifted. However, individuals and businesses are advised to continue to act carefully and remain cautious, as we are still in the third wave of the pandemic in the UK and the prevalence of the virus in the community is high. 

People are encouraged to use public transport, particularly at quieter times, but to help keep each other safe passengers using the Metrolink network, bus stations or transport interchanges in Greater Manchester must still wear a face covering unless exempt. Passengers travelling on trains and buses in the city region are also expected to wear a face covering unless exempt.


Business and Employer Support Package

To help encourage and embed safe and sustainable travel behaviours, Transport for Greater Manchester's (TfGM) has launched
a new support package for businesses and employers 
including active
travel grants for SMEs.

Find out what support is available

International travel 

The government has set out the approach to safely restart international travel introducing a "traffic light" system* to which different restrictions are applied depending on risk. Countries are rated as green, amber or red. Informed by public health advice, including the Joint Biosecurity Centre’s assessment of the latest data, the lists will be reviewed every three weeks. 

On 19 July, the rules for amber list countries changed and UK residents who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks have passed since the final dose of the vaccine), under the age of 18 or taking part in formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival in England or take a COVID-19 test on day 8 . This means that from 19 July, for these groups, the travel requirements for green and amber list countries will be the same.

From 2 August, individuals that have been fully vaccinated in the USA or many European countries, will also not need to quarantine when they arrive in England or take a day 8 test. 

Individuals that are not fully vaccinated will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days and also take a test on day 8. However, non-fully vaccinated travellers returning from amber countries and territories will still be able to use the Test to Release scheme to shorten their quarantine period.

An overview of the rules you must follow to enter England when arriving from a country on the green, amber or red list is available below:

Please note, this table currently reflects the amber list rules if you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme. 

Travel Requirements  Green list
Low-risk countries
Amber list
Moderate-risk countries
Red list
High-risk countries
Passenger locator form (PLF) to be completed Y Y Y
Pre-departure test to be taken up to 72 hours before your return travel to show proof of a negative result Y Y Y
• No requirement to quarantine on arrival 
COVID-19 test must be taken on or before day 2 after arrival 

Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
• COVID-19 test must be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining

*These rules still apply if you are not fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme and are arriving from an amber list country or territory

N N* N
Quarantine in a managed hotel for 10 days
• COVID-19 test must be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining

Full guidance on what you need to do before you travel and when you return to England is available on the government's website.

Certain jobs qualify for travel exemptions and the list of these is available on the government website. Individuals should check this list to establish whether they qualify for an exemption and whether they must follow a bespoke testing regime. 

If air travel is required for your staff, refer to the UK Government's safety guidance for passengers which can be seen here

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Charter for holidaymakers launched COVID-19 Charter for holidaymakers launched

Charter provides clear information for passengers outlining their rights and responsibilities when travelling this summer.

Read more
Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme

By joining the scheme TfGM staff can recognise the sunflower lanyard or wristband and be aware that you may need additional support while travelling.

Read more
Safer travel guidance for passengers Safer travel guidance for passengers

Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak with the government's updated guidance.

Read more

 More information is available on the UK Government’s Safer travel guidance for passengers page. For more personalised advice call us on: 0161 237 4128 or email us at:


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