Coronavirus Updates

Last Updated: 22nd January 2020



From Saturday 23 January 00:01 (CET) a travel ban will be in effect for all passenger ferries from the United Kingdom. This means that no passengers will be allowed to travel to the Netherlands, apart from exceptional circumstances such as travel for medical reasons. The travel ban is expected to last one month until the end of February. Please ensure you are travelling for exceptional circumstances before placing your booking. Find out more.


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), 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



All international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, must present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before departure. Find out more.


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


You will need to complete a Passenger Health Locator form when travelling to the UK. To reduce your isolation time upon your return to the UK from countries not on the travel corridor list, you can take part in the government's Test to Release scheme.


Download the NHS COVID-19 app below. The Official NHS contact tracing app for England and Wales.

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Book with Confidence - P&O Ferries
Book with Confidence

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.

Travelling Safely

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.

Pre-travel Covid-19 testing
Pre-Travel Covid-19 Testing

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.

Test to Release scheme
Test to Release

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.

Sailing Updates

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

Post-coronavirus holiday inspiration with P&O Ferries
Travel Inspiration

If you're dreaming of your next holiday to Europe, take a look at our travel inspiration - including some of the best places to visit in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Scotland, plus tips on staying safe while you're away.