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Quarantine exemptions

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8 Mar 2018
I may need to go to Poland for work related reasons next week. Poland is not on the travel corridor list and I would need to self-isolate for 2 weeks upon return unless one of the exemptions in law applies. I think one of them does, however the problem is that all of the exemptions are worded from the point of view of someone coming into the UK to do work, not returning to the UK having done work in the other country. This is from:
Specialist technical workers - goods
Applies to:

Workers with specialist technical skills for essential or emergency works or services (including construction, commissioning, installation, maintenance, and repairs and safety checks) to ensure the continued production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods.

You will need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to the UK.

You will not need to self-isolate.

You should show a letter from your company which includes:

your personal details, such as name and address
contact details for your employer
contact details for the business or organisation you’ll be completing work for in the UK
what work you’ll be doing
If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you to the UK

You’ll need to show that your travel to the UK is essential for your work here, for example a letter from your employer, a consignment note or your operator’s licence.

Can someone point me towards the actual legislation, I hope/suspect the guidance is poorly worded?
It's the "You’ll need to show that your travel to the UK is essential for your work here" that foxes me. My travel to POLAND is essential to my work in the UK, but it appears there is no recognition that this might be a possible scenario. In this case it's to inspect some material essential for the operation of a power plant prior to purchase of said material.

I also checked to see whether my family would need to self-isolate also. Apparently not if they aren't travelling with me. So I could be asymptomatic, infect them and they could go out and asymptomatically infect a load of other people but that's fine so long as I stay at home. Barmy.
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23 Jan 2018
Yes I'm going on a much needed holiday next month, and am happy to take the quarantine hit. I was worried I might be able to go as my other half is a teacher so she can't quarantine, but indeed it turns out that you don't need to self isolate if you are living with someone who has returned. It makes no sense, but I'm not calling for it to be changed obviously.

In any event, I'll get tested at Istanbul on the way home anyway (only £25 for a test at the airport - it is shameful how far behind we are here) for peace of mind.
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