Coronavirus Updates

LATEST UPDATE - Red, amber and green lists.
Last updated 17th May 2021.

International leisure travel from England will no longer be illegal from 17th May 2021, but strict border control measures will remain in place. Find out more about the new traffic light system coming in to effect on the 17th May for international travel.


Everyone entering England from overseas (including UK nationals and residents), must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days prior to direct departure to England and complete a Passenger Locator Form. 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, amber and green countries, as the list can change regularly.

If you are travelling from an Amber list country. You may have the option to reduce your isolation time upon your return to the UK, by taking part in the government's Test to Release scheme.


In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some countries require travellers to produce a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival, this includes France (must be a PCR test - not NHS), the Netherlands (must be a PCR test - not NHS, which needs to be printed and presented at check-in. The additional rapid test requirement is not currently required for travellers from the UK. This will only be required if you have travelled to the UK from countries classified as very high-risk), and Ireland (must be a PCR test - not NHS).

Please ensure that you check the government advice page for the country you're travelling to for the latest entry requirements, as these are changing all the time:


The Netherlands


For more information about current travel restrictions, please take a look at our FAQs


Please note, in line with government advice, it is now a requirement that all passengers wear a facial covering when travelling on public transport, including ferries.

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We understand that you may be feeling some uncertainty due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on travel plans, which is why we will not be charging an amendment fee to those who need to change their travel dates.

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Wondering if it’s safe to travel by ferry to Calais, Rotterdam or other European destinations? If you’re looking for coronavirus travel advice, or considering how to travel safely with P&O Ferries, visit our Travelling Safely page for all of the information you need.

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In light of the coronavirus pandemic, some countries require travellers to produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test result on arrival. Read more and find out how to order your pre-travel Covid-19 test.

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Read about the government's Test to Release scheme and discover how you can take part if you're coming back to the UK from a country that isn't on the safe travel list. Find out how you can order a Covid-19 test through Screen4 LTD.

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For information about our routes, links to government travel advice, and our current timetables - visit our Sailing Updates page.

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