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Travel advice for businesses and employers

This page was updated on 10 January 2022.

On 8 December, the Prime Minister announced that England will be moving to Plan B to help reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.

This means that from Monday 13 December, office workers will be advised to work from home. Where homeworking is not possible, employees should continue to attend their workplace.

From 30 November 2021 individuals are also legally required to wear face coverings on public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams, buses, coaches and ferries), taxis and private hire vehicles as well as in transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals) unless exempt.  

View the latest national restrictions

Business and Employer Support Package

Active travel grant for businesses

TfGM are encouraging businesses across Greater Manchester to apply for funds that can be used for interventions that enable staff to adopt active travel modes, including walking, running and cycling, for their journeys to
and from work.

Funds can be spent on interventions such as cycle parking, pool bikes, lighting and security solutions, plus changing and storage facilities.

Key points
• Organisations of any size can apply, however there must be fewer than
250 staff employed at any site/s where funding is to be used

• Grants of up to £10,000 per application are available
• The application deadline is Jan 31st 2022.

Find out what support is available

International travel 

If you’re an employer that requires staff to travel regularly across UK borders you must:

  • ensure your staff understand what coronavirus tests they have to take following international travel
  • take reasonable steps to support them in taking these tests

Government guidance for international travel 

On 4 October, the UK’s new travel system came into force. In the new simplified travel system, there is only a single red list of countries and territories and the rest of the world. 

The rules for non-red list countries depend on an individual's vaccination status. To view what qualifies as “fully vaccinated”, visit the government website

An overview of the rules you must follow to enter England is available below:

Travel requirements

Arrivals from non-red list countries

Arrivals from red list countries
(There are currently no countries or territories on the red list.)

If you are fully vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated

• Passenger locator form (PLF) to be completed (any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England)

• Passenger locator form (PLF) to be completed (any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England)

• Passenger locator form (PLF) to be completed (any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England)

• No requirement to quarantine on arrival

COVID-19 test* must be taken on or before day 2 after arrival

*This can be either a lateral flow test or a PCR test.

• take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before your service to England departs. This can be a PCR test or a lateral flow test (LFD) provided it meets the minimum performance standards.

 

• Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days

• COVID-19 PCR test must be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining

 

Note: You may still be able to use Test to release to reduce your self-isolation period.

• take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before your service to England departs. This can be a PCR test or a lateral flow test (LFD) provided it meets the minimum performance standards.

 

• Quarantine in a managed quarantine  hotel for 10 days

• COVID-19 PCR test must be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining

 

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

Safer practice for international hauliers Safer practice for international hauliers

COVID-19 rules for safer behaviour for hauliers making international journeys.

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 and on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

 

 

The information provided is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance. GC Business Growth Hub does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information and professional guidance should be sought on all aspects of business planning and responses to the coronavirus. Use of this guide and toolkit are entirely at the risk of the user. Any hyperlinks from this document are to external resources not connected to the GC Business Growth Hub and The Growth Company is not responsible for the content within any hyperlinked site.