Do I need to take a covid test to travel?

The requirements for each P&O ferries destination can be found below:

England: Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing for people travelling to England - GOV.UK (

You will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter England from abroad.
The Covid-19 test must meet the standards and include key information which can be found here. Your test result can be provided as a physical, printed document, or via email or text message, which you can show on your phone.

You may not be able to travel if the test does not meet these standards. It is your responsibility to ensure you get the right test that meets the above requirements.

Where information about providers of tests is available locally, FCDO travel advice pages will be updated with this information. If you need consular assistance should contact the nearest consulate, embassy or high commission.

If you arrive without a test result that includes this information, you will be committing a criminal offence and could receive a £500 fine.

You must complete a passenger locator form before you travel to England.

France: Entry requirements - France travel advice - GOV.UK (

People authorised to travel to France for essential reasons from a country outside the European Union (including the UK) will have to present a negative PCR test prior to departure.

Only PCR tests taken within 72 hours of travel will be accepted. Rapid/Antigen/Lateral Flow tests are no longer be accepted (except for freight drivers)

Customers arriving from the UK will also need to self-isolate for 7 days when they arrive in France, and then take a second PCR test following the end of the self-isolation period.,

Details of these measures will be specified and updated on this page:

Netherlands: Entry requirements - Netherlands travel advice - GOV.UK (

The Dutch Government require all international travellers aged 13 and above travelling by ferry, to be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival into the Netherlands and a completed test declaration.

People travelling to the Netherlands from the United Kingdom must also provide proof that they have additionally tested negative for coronavirus using a rapid (Antigen/lateral; Flow) test within the 4 hours directly before departure (boarding).

More information on these requirements can be found here. There are some limited exemptions to this requirement, listed on Dutch Government’s website.

We are happy to announce that we have worked with the relevant organisations to be able to offer the rapid antigen tests to both our freight drivers and essential key workers travelling from the port of Hull. Testing will be carried out at Hull terminal 1. As this is still a developing situation these rapid tests will be available free of charge for the first 7 days of the requirement and can be arranged on arrival at the port. We will keep you updated with further details about the test centre as soon as they become available.


From Saturday 23 January 00:01 (CET) a travel ban will be in effect for all passenger flights and passenger ferries from the United Kingdom. This means that no passengers will be allowed to travel to the Netherlands, apart from exceptional circumstances such as travel for medical reasons. Prior to 23 January, the above entry requirements including testing and self-isolation apply. Freight traffic is exempt from the travel ban.


With effect from Saturday 16 January 2021, all passengers aged 7 and over arriving into Ireland are required to have evidence (email, text or document) of a negative result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Ireland. 

Passengers are required to present evidence of a negative result at point of boarding and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence.  Passengers may be subject to prosecution, resulting in fines of up to €2,500, six months in prison or both, if they arrive in Ireland without evidence of a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test or a valid exemption.  Immigration officers will be checking passengers on arrival to Ireland.

All such travellers, whether they have symptoms or not, are asked to phone any GP or GP out-of-hours service to arrange for a COVID-19 test, which should be done as soon as possible after 5 days post-arrival. This test will be free of charge if arranged through GPs. Please check the Irish College of General Practitioners website for a list of GPs with phone contact information, or the HSE website for your local GP out of hours service.

Arrivals from Great Britain will continue to require a negative/not detected PCR test AND must continue to isolate for 14 days, even if they take a second test after arrival. (This does not apply when arriving from Northern Ireland)

Further information in relation to this requirement along with the associated public health advice can be found here:   

Northern Ireland: 

There is currently no requirement for a covid test or any isolation when entering Northern Ireland from Scotland or Ireland


There is currently no requirement for a covid test or any isolation when entering Scotland from England or Northern Ireland


The route is now closed to passenger services.

There is currently no requirement for a covid test to enter Belgium

At P&O Ferries, we have teamed up with Screen4 LTD to offer our passengers pre-travel Covid-19 PCR* self-tests. Costing £95, this test is ideal for those travelling to a country which requires a negative coronavirus test result on arrival, and you’ll have your results within 24-48 hours of the lab receiving your sample.

Please note that if you’re travelling as a family or group, each individual will need to have their own negative test result. For more information and to order a pre-travel Covid-19 test for £95, please visit our dedicated page on Screen4’s website. Or, order a pre-travel coronavirus PCR test

The full UK Government approved list of private test providers (both PCR & Lateral Flow/Antigen) can be found here: 

NHS Tests will not be accepted in any port and can only be used for people presenting genuine symptoms of Covid-19

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