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Covid-19 Testing For Freight Drivers Entering England

From 6 April all drivers arriving in England from abroad will need to take a COVID-19 test if they are staying in the UK for more than 2 days.

They need to take the first test within the first 2 days, then further tests every 3 days. This will apply to HGV drivers and their passenger, drivers of vans and other light goods vehicles. It applies to both UK-based and non-UK drivers. You will need to take at least 3 tests, if you will be staying in England for 10 days or longer. You must take the first test within 2 days of your arrival. The day of your arrival is counted as day 0. You must take the second test 3 days after your first test and the third test 3 days after your second test. The date and time of your arrival will be collected and recorded in the Passenger Locator Form, which you are required to complete for every journey into the UK. If you do not have proof of a negative COVID-19 test, you could be fined £2,000.

You do not need to take a test if you will be in England for 2 days or less.

More information is available on UK Government’s website.

Rapid antigen tests for freight drivers at Hull port

Freight drivers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK, no longer need to undertake a rapid test if they have spent less than 48 hours in the United Kingdom. The period spent in the UK begins when the ferry arrives in the UK and ends when it departs. It is the driver's responsibility to limit their stay in the UK to a maximum of 48 hours and to provide evidence of this. If in doubt, drivers are advised to take a rapid test before departure. As a proof of the length of their stay drivers can use the ferry ticket for their journey to the UK from the Netherlands or France. The ticket must contain the driver’s name and the ferry’s departure time. More information is available here.

If drivers need a rapid test before they travel to the Netherlands, they can use our testing service at Hull Terminal - P&O Ferries Terminal 1, Hull Port, Postcode: HU9 5PS. Drivers wishing to use this service must arrive at least 1h and 30 mins before departure in order to minimise the risk of missing the sailing. The test centre is opened Monday to Sunday from 14:00 to 19:30. The cost of the test is £29.

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.

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.

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/

Face mask requirements

Following the new rules imposed by the UK Government, from Monday 15 June, anyone travelling on public transport must wear a face covering. This rule applies to all freight drivers and passengers on board our ships.

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.

UK Quarantine

Freight drivers are exempt from the 14-day quarantine. However all freight drivers must fill out the Public Health Passenger Locator Form before every journey into the UK. The form is available via the government’s website: https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/public-health-passenger-locator-form

You must fill out the form before you reach UK soil. Failure to do so means you may be delayed, turned back or fined.

If you are unable to fill the form out yourself because you do not understand English, the form can be filled out by someone else on your behalf (e.g. forwarder, planner, booking agent). They will need your personal details, including passport number and email, and should give you the reference number of the completed form, because UK Border Force will ask you for this. If you do not have an email address for the form, you can provide either your company email address or noemail@homeoffice.gov.uk

Arriving in Ireland

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:

  • enter Ireland from Northern Ireland
  • are an essential supply chain worker, for example, a pilot, seafarer or a haulier/driver of a heavy goods vehicle, who are in Ireland for work.

Guidance on how to restrict your movements is available from the Irish health service

People living in Ireland continue to work remotely from home, where possible. They can travel within a 20-km distance of their home and meet other people that are not part of their household (max 6 people in a group) while still observing the 2-metre distance rule. All retail outlets are open with staggered opening times and social distance measures in place.

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.

  • 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.


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.

What alternative routes can customers use?

We have an extensive route network to Europe and Ireland. Our routes are as follows:

  • Dover - Calais
  • Hull - Zeebrugge
  • Teesport - Zeebrugge
  • Tilbury - Zeebrugge
  • Hull - Europoort
  • Teesport - Europoort
  • Liverpool - Dublin
  • Larne - Cairnryan

Are freight drivers exempt from quarantine?

Freight drivers are exempt from the quarantine requirement however they must fill out a Public Health Passenger Locator Form on the government’s portal before each and every journey.

Will I need to quarantine/self-isolate if I'm travelling on any of the following routes Europoort to Teesport, Zeebrugge to Teesport, Zeebrugge to Tilbury, Europoort to Hull, Zeebrugge to Hull and Calais to Dover?

Exemptions for the quarantine can be found on the UK government's website. Freight drivers are exempt from the quarantine requirement however all arrivals including freight drivers will need to provide locator details for each and every journey via www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.

Will I need to quarantine/self-isolate if I'm travelling on Dublin-Liverpool or Larne-Cairnryan routes?

Travel from The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will not be subject to new rules for entering the UK. For more details please visit the UK government's website.

Will I need to carry a copy of the locator form?

Yes. When you arrive in the UK, you will be asked to show the form you have completed. You can download a copy of the locator form to print out or save on your mobile device.

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