What are the red, amber and green list rules for travel?

Latest update 6th December 2021Pre-departure testing required to enter England from 7th December 2021.

From 4am, Tuesday 7 December all people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or LFT COVID-19 test and present proof of a negative result at check-in. You must take the test in the 2 days before your service to England departs. Find out more on the site.

From 4am 30 November, lateral flow tests are not accepted for Day 2 tests to be taken after arrival in England. You must book a PCR test.  All arrivals must self-isolate until your day 2 test result is known or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.

Essential information to enter England from overseas

Take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test within 2 days of departure to England. You must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result when you depart for England from outside the CTA. This includes UK nationals and residents, and people who qualify as fully vaccinated. Read more about COVID-19 testing before you travel to England.

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.

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 2 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 2 days of departure to the UK
  2. Book PCR tests for day 2 and 8
  3. Complete a passenger locator form
  4. Make plans to self-isolate in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)

Fully vaccinated passengers who are not red-list passengers

  1. Provide proof of a negative PCR or LFD COVID-19 test taken within 2 days of departure to the UK
  2. Book a PCR test to take on or before day 2
  3. Complete a passenger locator form
  4. Self-isolate on arrival and until the result of your day 2 test is known. You may only leave self-isolation if the test is negative.

These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area. Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you are staying.


Northern Ireland:



Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. There are a limited set of exemptions from these measures. Check the list of exemptions carefully. You may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.

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:

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 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Sunday.

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