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Do I need to take a covid test to travel?

From 4am, Monday 19th July, the government will no longer recommend against travel to amber list countries. Fully vaccinated passengers returning to the UK from Amber list countries (excluding France), including those who are under 18, will not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a COVID-19 test on day 8. For further information read the announcement about the rule changes.

Some requirements will still remain in place regarding day 2 testing and passenger locator forms, therefore please ensure you are fully up to date with the changes and visit gov.uk for the latest travel requirements for entering England.

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

England:

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

What tests you must take when you arrive in to England from abroad depend on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive and your vaccination status. You will need to follow the rules for red, amber and green list countries.

Please note, ALL passengers returning from France to England, regardless of their vaccination status, at current must follow the amber list rules for people who are not fully UK vaccinated.

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

 

France:

The UK is currently on the French amber list. Entry requirements are different depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not. Entry requirements - France travel advice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Travelers from the United Kingdom wishing to come to France must respect the obligatory sanitary measures in place since June 9.

  • If you are already fully vaccinated, you must present the following documents:

   1 - Proof of vaccination (i.e. 2 weeks after the second injection for Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines; 4 weeks after the only injection for the Johnson&Johnson vaccine or 2 weeks after the only injection for people previously infected with Covid);

   2 - Sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) which can be found under section 2.2 on the amber tab

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, travelling is only allowed for essential reasons and you must present the following documents:

    1 - From Sunday 18 July, arrivals aged 12 years old or over are required to present evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure. Arrivals from most other amber countries will need evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure.
    2 - Sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) which can be found under section 2.2 on the amber tab

    3 - International Travel Certificate Section 2.1 on Amber tab

Upon arrival, antigenic tests may be randomly performed. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 7 days.

For more information, please refer to the website of the French Consulate in London: https://uk.ambafrance.org/A-compter-du-9-juin-Strategie-de-reouverture-des-frontieres. You can also view the latest entry requirements here.

 

Netherlands:

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

In addition, as the UK are classified as a very high-risk country by the Dutch Government, a rapid test taken within 24 hours before arriving into the Netherlands is required. 

To streamline your travel plans, we are able to provide rapid antigen coronavirus tests at the port of Hull. This service will be available every day of the week between 2pm and 6pm. Test results can take up to 30 minutes, please allow an extra 90 minutes prior to checking in and arrive no later than 6pm to guarantee results before check-in closes. 

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

 

Ireland:

From 19 July, travellers arriving in Ireland from Great Britain, should follow the Irish Government guidance for travellers arriving from non-EU/EEA countries.

Travelling when fully vaccinated

No travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary for travellers from the UK with valid proof of full vaccination. On arrival in Ireland, fully vaccinated passengers travelling from Great Britain will need to have proof of their full vaccination.

Travelling when not fully vaccinated

Passengers without proof of full vaccination will still require evidence of a pre-departure negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland and will have to quarantine at home for 14 days. This can be reduced to a minimum of 5 days with a negative PCR test which will be provided by the Health Service Executive in Ireland from day 5 after arrival.

Travelling with children

Children under the age of 12 will not need to take a PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland or to undergo self-quarantine.

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival to travel into the country, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. 

Further information in relation to this requirement along with the associated public health advice can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/   

 

Northern Ireland:

There is currently no requirement for a covid test or any isolation when entering Northern Ireland from Scotland or Ireland. However If you're travelling from within the Common Travel Area (CTA) and staying overnight in Northern Ireland, you should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before you begin your journey. For more information visit the Northern Ireland government site.

 

Scotland: 

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

 

Belgium:

The route is now closed to passenger services.

All non-residents aged six years and over will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test upon entry. This PCR test is to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Belgium. Full details can be found on the government site.

 

Additional Testing Information:

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 via our pre-travel testing page.

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.

The full UK Government approved list of private test providers (both PCR & Lateral Flow/Antigen) can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing 

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


Our phone lines are currently very busy

Due to the recent UK and EU government announcements regarding changes to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are currently dealing with an unprecedented number of calls to our contact centre team.

We kindly ask that in order to gain answers to your travel queries quicker, please first consider using our Help Centre above to find the latest travel requirements, entry rules and testing information needed prior to your departure.

If you wish to speak to an advisor regarding your booking, any amendments or cancellations you can contact us via the methods below. If your query relates to travel in more than 7 days time, please try contacting us again closer to your travel date. We’re working hard to assist those with immediate travel requirements. We thank you for your co-operation and patience at this busy time.

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