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To avoid any doubts we confirm that our Freight routes are fully operational and will continue until any further notice:
The most up-to-date sailing schedules are available here.
Our Freight Booking Office staff are fully operational and ready to take your bookings and clarify any operational questions for you.
Please note if you or your freight driver are entering France, the following two certificates must be carried:
For further details on COVID-19 European traffic restrictions, click here.
For updates on truck queues on European borders visit: https://covid-19.sixfold.com/
With the gradual easing of some lock down measures in several countries, wearing a facial covering is a growing practice in many public places. This is also becoming more widely recommended by governments, and could soon become the norm.
In line with recent advice, it is now a requirement that all passengers/drivers, on all routes between the UK & EU wear a facial covering when travelling through the port of Calais and on our ships unless eating or drinking.
When travelling through the port of Calais (or on public transport in France), due to French medical association requirements, the wearing of facemasks is now compulsory for all passengers.
We have found that many of our customers already have their own face covering/mask, and we ask you to bring one with you when travelling with us. We do appreciate that it may currently be difficult to buy a mask, and therefore until everyone is able to equip themselves, a complimentary facial covering can be provided on request on board our ships. This however subject to availability, so we do recommend you bring your own where possible.
**This does not apply to passengers travelling between Larne and Cairnryan**
People arriving to Ireland from overseas are required to restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. This condition applies to everyone, regardless of which country you have travelled from or your country of citizenship. The only exceptions are if you:
Guidance on how to restrict your movements is available from the Irish health service.
People living in Ireland are staying at home in all circumstances, unless they work in an essential service, need to buy food or medicine, need to attend a medical appointment, need to care for a family member or are taking brief exercise within 2km of their home.
Hotels and other accommodation services are closed to new guests. Non-essential shops, as well as theatres, restaurants, bars and public amenities are closed.
Janette Bell, CEO P&O Ferries, said:
“Our trucks, trains and ships are a vital part of Europe’s transport infrastructure. We sail 27,000 times a year between Britain, Ireland and Europe, carrying 2.3m pieces of freight. That’s 44,230 pieces of freight a week, an awful lot of fresh water, fruit, vegetables, medicines and vital supplies.”
“Notwithstanding the current uncertainty, we are confident that our services will keep running. We’re doing everything we can to minimise the risks by intensifying cleaning protocols on board, switching from air conditioning to 100% fresh air and working closely with Public Health England and maritime experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO) to follow best practice on COVID-19.”
“Moreover, ships are divided into separate watches each with a day and night shift. Any crew member who is symptomatic can be isolated. For more than 180 years, P&O’s ships have been designed to keep going in the face of sickness and adversity. Working hand in glove with national governments, our services will continue to play their part in supporting the societies in which we live.”
Though Coronavirus (COVID-19) is new, P&O Ferries’ infectious disease management procedures are very well established, have a proven track record and comply with all UK and European legal standards. In addition to our routine control measures, we are working with health and transport agencies within the UK and Europe, to ensure your safety is given the utmost priority.
We are open for your freight business and we take care of your freight drivers. We have the capacity to meet any freight demand, and we offer your freight drivers great rest and recreation, hot showers, nice food and plenty of space to stretch their legs and have a relaxing break.
Thank you for your continued trust in P&O Ferries, and we look forward to welcoming you on board.
Are you still sailing?
All our routes are still sailing as per schedule, please see our Twitter page for the latest sailing information.
Will P&O stop operating any routes?
We continue to run all routes and will keep you updated if anything changes.
I understand that borders are entering a ‘lock-down’ how is commercial transport being impacted?
EU Borders are closed for non-essential travel however the transport of goods has been classed as essential therefore commercial vehicles are permitted to travel.
What alternative routes can customers use?
We have an extensive route network to Europe and Ireland. Our routes are as follows:
What about Driver accompanied traffic on freight routes?
In order to protect and isolate our vessels’ crews from outside infection and thereby safeguard a long term operation, we have decided to only accept unaccompanied Freight on the following routes:
What measures have you put in place to maintain the safety of drivers during crossing?
We take the safety of our customers and staff extremly seriously. Please see our Coronavirus page for a full list of all the additional safety measures that we have implemented.