Do I need to take a covid test to travel?

From 4am, Monday 4th October, new rules will apply for entering England. What you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England. There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

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


Travelling to the England from another country during coronavirus

Fill in your passenger locator form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your passenger locator form. All passengers must complete a passenger locator form before you travel to England.

Before departure check the list of red countries, as the list can change regularly.

Red list passengers (including passengers who are fully vaccinated)

  1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to the UK

  2. Book a managed quarantine package

  3. Complete a passenger locator form

You can only enter if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port and quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.

Unvaccinated passengers or passengers vaccinated with unauthorised vaccines

  1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to the UK

  2. Book tests for day 2 and 8

  3. Complete a passenger locator form

  4. Make plans to self-quarantine in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)

Fully vaccinated passengers

  1. Book a test for day 2

  2. Complete a passenger locator form

  3. Have evidence of your vaccination status with you during travel

Find out more by visiting our Essential Travel Information page or by visiting the site.


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 (

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

    4 - Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.

Upon arrival, antigenic tests may be randomly performed. 

For more information, please refer to the website of the French Consulate in London: You can also view the latest entry requirements here.

Children aged 12 years old or over who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are required to present a negative test result (PCR or antigen). However, they do not need to provide an essential reason for travel, nor do they need to self-isolate on arrival.

Children aged 12 years old or over who are unvaccinated and travelling alone are subject to the same conditions adults who are not fully vaccinated. Children aged 11 years old or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel.



Entry requirements - Netherlands travel advice - GOV.UK (

The Dutch authorities currently classify the UK as a ‘very high risk country’. This means that fully vaccinated UK nationals, who can provide acceptable proof of vaccination, which includes the NHS COVID Pass, will be allowed to enter the Netherlands.

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK via aeroplane, ferry, passenger car, train or bus must show one of the following:

  • a negative PCR test result (taken no more than 48 hours before departure);
  • a negative antigen test result (taken no more than 24 hours before departure).

Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands.

In addition to testing, travellers must ensure they also have a completed test declaration with them.

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, until 31st October 2021. 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.



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:   


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.


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: 

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.


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

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Channel View Road
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