Do I need to take a covid test to travel?

01/08/2022: France entry requirements updated.

From 1 August 2022, all COVID-19 travel restrictions for travellers to France have been lifted.  
Find out more about all the new entry requirements for France by visiting our Travel Restrictions for France page.


From 4am, Friday 18th March, all remaining forms, quarantining and tests will be stopped for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers entering the UK.

Travel restrictions for France 13/01/22: From the 12th February 2022 French Entry Requirements will be changing. Vaccinated travellers will now be able to enter France without the need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result before travel. You will still need to provide proof of vaccination and a sworn statement as per entry requirements before this change. You can find out all the latest travel entry requirements for France and definitions of 'fully vaccinated', by reading the latest France travel advice.



From 23 March all travellers from the UK to the Netherlands will not require a negative pre-departure test for travel to the Netherlands, regardless of their vaccination status. Travellers who are not vaccinated and who do not meet requirements of an EU entry ban exemption category, are still not allowed to enter the Netherlands from the UK. You can find out more on our travel restrictions to the Netherlands page.



If you are travelling to Ireland from Sunday 6 March 2022, you do not need to show any proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, proof of negative test or Irish passenger locator form receipt.
There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travel to Ireland.

Find out more by visiting our Travel Restrictions for Ireland page or the Irish government website.


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.



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.

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.


Get in touch

We kindly ask that in order to gain answers to your travel queries quicker, please first consider using our Help Centre above or to find the latest sailing updates please visit our Twitter account @POferriesupdate. Our Help Centre also provides information regarding 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. We thank you for your co-operation and patience at this busy time.


If you do prefer to contact us in writing, our postal adress is:

P&O Ferries
Channel House
Channel View Road
CT17 9TJ


Please send any questions or comments to: or submit an enquiry.


Contact our call centre on 01304 44 88 88 between 08:00 and 20:00 Monday to Friday, and 09:00 and 17:00 on weekends.