I haven’t been to LaGuardia recently but in other airports eating and drinking is allowed and you can buy snacks and water/drinks. The expectation is that you remove the mask for short periods while eating & drinking and do so at least 6 feet away from anyone else. Most people I saw did comply with that.
In Newark (EWR) one sit down place was open, the tables were far enough apart so that people could eat without wearing a mask.
Practices in lounges vary greatly: “closed”, “no food or drink”, “only pre-packed snacks or water, but must eat outside”, “some food and drinks for consumption inside but no alcohol”, etc.
Caveat: Details vary with the specific airport & terminal and regulations do change quickly with little or no notice.
From Southwest’s FAQ—When the Federal law requires Customers to wear a mask (emphasis added):
Customers will be required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times during their Southwest travel experience—while checking in, boarding, while in flight, deplaning, retrieving baggage; and any other time they may engage with a Southwest Employee or another Customer. Customers are required to wear a mask in order to board the plane.
The following are times when a Customer may need to briefly remove their mask:
When necessary for identity verification purposes such as during Transportation Security Administration screening or when asked to do so by our Employees or any law enforcement official
While eating, drinking, or taking oral medications. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking; the mask must be worn between bites and sips.
While communicating with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
If, on an aircraft, wearing of oxygen masks is needed because of loss of cabin pressure or other event affecting aircraft ventilation
If unconscious (for reasons other than sleeping), incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
I want to make a video game based off of Dungeons and Dragons. It’ll be a top-down RPG with similar battle and class mechanics. But I’ve been planning out more, and seeing how much I’m copying. How much am I legally permitted to use? I am awayer of the SRD, but don’t understand it fully. Is it like a book of what I’m allowed to use?
Your need to see a person before a surgery, or to bring some people to see that person, is not a medical emergency. Her need for the surgery, may be, but it is not her who wants to travel. I doubt you will get an exception.
Where you might have a chance is, it says on your link that you can travel for the same reasons you can leave home, and you can leave home
to visit someone who is dying or to visit someone receiving treatment in a hospital, hospice or care home, or to accompany a family member or friend to a medical appointment
Now, it also says you can leave home to exercise, and I’m sure you couldn’t get permission to fly to another country to exercise, so this isn’t a guarantee of success, especially since this “major surgery” is one that can be postponed a few times already.
I can’t see a way for you to apply for permission to travel; it looks like you just do it and perhaps argue with someone at the airport about it? This looks too risky to me.
My personal definition of emergency travel (under which I did travel internationally in November) is: does any cost, quarantine or other issue mean I won’t go, or will I go no matter what? I will go no matter what, then I go. In my case this involved two separate two week quarantines, one of which cost me over $5000, and Covid testing. Didn’t matter, I had to go. If your need is not that urgent, then you know you should not go.
I have a flight ticket from the UK, to Costa Rica, with a connecting flight in Germany (in March). The airline is Lufthansa.
Costa Rica is allowing international travellers in, however, the UK is currently in lockdown and has put out restrictions on leaving your home. The current rules the that UK Government has put out are not very clear:
You can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.
If you do need to travel overseas (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.
Additionally, the travel info page specific to Costa Rica says:
Commercial flights are not running normally. United Airlines, Iberia, Air France and Lufthansaare operating some flights and other airlines are resuming operations on certain dates. Check with the airlines or a travel agent.
Supposing that these rules are still in place in March, can I travel to Costa Rica for tourism purposes? I cannot find a list of the “legally permitted reasons” anywhere on the GOV website.
Users at Travel:SE have for years accepted the idea that a visitor to the UK may not use a tourist entry to “live” in the UK, and may not work remotely in the UK while visiting. The first issue seems settled, and is not the focus of this question. This question addresses only the second issue: whether a visitor to the UK may work remotely while in the UK.
Previous questions addressing this are legion, a few on Travel.StackExchange are this one and this one ; others on Expatriates.StackExchange are this one and this one. Yesterday, the question My girlfriend lives in the UK and I want to be able to come and leave as I please for next 3 years—which visa should I get? was posted on Travel:SE, and the answers and comments took the usual you-can’t-work-remotely-while-visiting track. No surprises there.
Then user @ZenJ posted an interesting comment. Here’s the comment:
Actually I just found this: Immigration Rules Appendix V: visitor
rules (gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/…) and sections 4.5-4.7
prohibit work in UK for UK company, but allow remote work (at least
how I understand it). In addition, where the applicant is already paid
and employed outside of the UK, they must remain so. Next paragraph
4.7 prohibits payment only from UK sources
Here is the actual Guidance text in Sections 4.5, 4.6, and 4.7.
Section 4.5 addresses “Prohibited Activities”
V 4.5 The applicant must not intend to work in the UK, which includes the following:
(a) taking employment in the UK;
(b) doing work for an organisation or business in the UK;
(c) establishing or running a business as a self-employed person;
(d) doing a work placement or internship;
(e) direct selling to the public;
(f) providing goods and services;
unless expressly allowed by the permitted activities in Appendices 3, 4 or 5.
Section 4.6 lists additional prohibitions.
V 4.6 Permitted activities must not amount to the applicant taking
employment, or doing work which amounts to them filling a role or
providing short-term cover for a role within a UK based
organisation. In addition, where the applicant is already paid and
employed outside of the UK, they must remain so. Payment may only be
allowed in specific circumstances set out in V 4.7.
Section 4.7 addresses payment from UK sources.
Payment V 4.7 The applicant must not receive payment from a UK source
for any activities undertaken in the UK, except for the following:
(a) reasonable expenses to cover the cost of their travel and subsistence,
including fees for directors attending board-level meetings; or
(b) prize money; or
(c) billing a UK client for their time in the UK,
where the applicant’s overseas employer is contracted to provide
services to a UK company, and the majority of the contract work is
carried out overseas. Payment must be lower than the amount of the
applicant’s salary; or
(d) multi-national companies who, for
administrative reasons, handle payment of their employees’ salaries
from the UK; or
(e) where the applicant is engaged in Permitted Paid
Engagements (PPE) as listed at Appendix 4, provided the applicant
holds a visa or leave to enter as a PPE visitor; or
(f) paid performances at a permit free festival as listed in Appendix 5.
I’m a retired lawyer in the US, and familiar with reading statutes and rules. While the See All Updates link shows the Guidance’s amendment history, its format is unfamiliar to me and hard to read. This text, however, appears to have been in place for at least a year.
The text in these three sections contradicts the common knowledge we’ve shared here for years. § 4.5 contains work prohibitions, but it’s not difficult to define remote work that would not foul them. For example, a traveler employed by a non-UK firm, which firm doesn’t have a presence in the UK, sell product in the UK, or meet clients in the UK, appears to escape this section’s prohibitions.
§ 4.6 is more of the same, and even contains this tidbit:
In addition, where the applicant is already paid and employed outside
of the UK, they must remain so.
§ 4.7 simply prohibits payment from UK sources.
All told, this looks like remote work is permitted on a tourist entry, provided the remote work doesn’t violate any of the no-nos set forth in these three sections.
For another example, consider a foreign academic, normally resident in a home country and not in the UK, employed by a home country institution in the home country, and paid in home-country currency by that non-UK institution into a home-country bank account. It appears that this individual could work remotely while a visitor in the UK without violating any of these prohibitions, provided the work consisted only (for example) of leading online classes of students who themselves all remain in the home country…further provided, of course, that the academic’s presence in the UK remained as a tourist and not as one “living” in the UK.
Thus, my question: Is some remote work now permitted for travelers admitted to the UK on a tourist entry?