The EU Council Recommendation was approved on 13 October 2020. In line with paragraph 19 of that Recommendation:

Travellers with an essential function or need are not asked to restrict their movements while exercising this essential function, in particular:

  • Workers or self-employed persons exercising critical occupations including health care workers, frontier and posted workers as well as seasonal workers as referred to in the Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Transport workers or transport service providers, including drivers of freight vehicles carrying goods for use in the territory as well as those merely transiting
  • Patients travelling for imperative medical reasons
  • Pupils, students and trainees who travel abroad on a daily basis
  • Persons travelling for imperative family or business reasons
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations, whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel and police officers, and humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions
  • Passengers in transit
  • Seafarers
  • Journalists, when performing their duties.


Please declare on the Passenger Locator Form whether passengers are travelling for an Essential Purpose as defined by EU Council Recommendation 2020/1475.

If passengers select this option, you may be asked for evidence in support of this.

Full details of the COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION (EU) 2020/1475 of 13 October 2020 on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID19 pandemic can be found here:

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