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Last Updated: 07 Jan 2021, 09:30

Essential information to enter the UK – Read before you book

*Drivers of goods vehicles remain exempt from pre-departure/day 2 & 8 testing, and are also exempt from the UK Passenger Locator Form. For full details of the exemption to entry rules check UK government's website here.

The rules below apply to all accompanying passengers and all those travelling for leisure purposes:

All persons* arriving in the UK must fill in a passenger locator form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited in the 10 days before arrival.

Before departure check if any of the countries you have visited are on the red list.

If you have visited a country on the red list you must book a managed quarantine hotel. You can only enter England if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port of arrival.

If you have not visited any countries on the red list, check if you qualify as fully vaccinated.

If you qualify as fully vaccinated you must book a test to take on or before day 2.

If you do not qualify as fully vaccinated you must:

- provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 2 days of departure to the UK
- make plans to quarantine in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)
book tests to take on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine

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’re staying.

England: www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
Northern Ireland: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice
Scotland: www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/overview/
Wales: gov.wales/arriving-wales-overseas

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.


Order a pre-travel coronavirus test

At P&O Ferries, we are working with Screen4 LTD to offer our freight drivers pre-travel Covid-19 PCR self-tests. This test costs £95 and you’ll have your results within 24-48 hours of the lab receiving your sample. For any driver who doesn’t have a UK address Screen4 LTD will provide details of the closest centre where drivers can pick up the test. Note: Drivers will still need to pre-book their test online.

For more information and to order a pre-travel Covid-19 test for £95, please visit our dedicated pages on Screen4’s website. To book a clinician test, click here. To order a self-test click here.


For details on COVID-19 European traffic restrictions, click here.


Useful links

UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

UK: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-relaxation-of-the-enforcement-of-eu-drivers-hours-rules/temporary-relaxation-of-the-enforcement-of-the-drivers-hours-rules-delivery-of-essential-items-to-retailers

IE: https://www.gov.ie/en/news/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-coronavirus/#march-16-supply-chain-workers-guidance

NL: https://www.rivm.nl/coronavirus/covid-19/vragen-antwoorden

FR: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

DE: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus.html

DK: https://www.sst.dk/da/Viden/Smitsomme-sygdomme/Smitsomme-sygdomme-A-AA/Coronavirus/Spoergsmaal-og-svar

NO: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/tema/utenrikssaker/reiseinformasjon/korona_info/id2691821/

LT: http://sam.lrv.lt/koronavirusas

SE: https://www.krisinformation.se/detta-kan-handa/handelser-och-storningar/20192/myndigheterna-om-det-nya-coronaviruset

EE: https://www.terviseamet.ee/et/uuskoroonaviirus

IE: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/472f64-covid-19-coronavirus-guidance-and-advice/

BE: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/nl/faqs/

FI: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates

IT: http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioFaqNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=italiano&id=228

WHO: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

IRU: https://www.iru.org/resources/tools-apps/flash-info


For updates on truck queues on European borders visit: https://covid-19.sixfold.com/


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. 

  • Fresh Air
    To prevent the spread of Coronavirus onboard we’ve changed the way we ventilate our ships and have switched from air conditioning to 100% fresh air.
  • Cleaning
    Hygiene is one of the most important safeguards against ill health. In addition to approved cleaning procedures, all of our sanitising and disinfecting chemicals meet European standards.
  • Laundry
    Fresh linens are one of life’s little luxuries, but being visibly clean is not enough! All of our linens, towels, uniforms and the like are washed by specialist laundry service providers, who guarantee that they are thoroughly disinfected.
  • Cabins
    Preventing the spread of ill health is as important as patient care. For this reason, we only use approved cabin cleaning procedures, by trained crew wearing sanitary ‘scrubs’, as worn by doctors and nurses. This means your cabin is not just clean, but hygienically disinfected. Also, on our overnight routes, we offer single occupancy cabins for our freight drivers, minimising close contact, which is an important disease prevention measure.
  • Hand Hygiene Stations
    Hand wash facilities are available in all public toilets, which are located around the ship, and in close proximity to restaurants, coffee shops and bars. For your convenience, we also offer, free to use ’hand hygiene stations’ at various locations around our ships. These ‘stations’ dispense a ‘hygiene gel’ that is proven to be effective against a broad range of bacteria and viruses.
  • Food
    All our food is provided by suppliers that have been subject to independent assessment to ensure they meet the highest hygiene and safety standards. In addition, all our food handling crew receive formal, independently accredited food safety training, as well as regular training updates and knowledge assessments. All P&O Ferries vessels are independently inspected by the UK and European food safety inspectors and all possess the maximum 5 stars under the UK food hygiene rating scheme.

You can help us by making sure that you're observing social distancing of 2m when on board our ships. And also following the on board signage to help guide you around our ships.

Thank you for your continued trust in P&O Ferries, and we look forward to welcoming you on board.

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