Covid-19 Testing

Latest update: 06/12/21
From 4am, Tuesday 7 December all people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or LFT COVID-19 test before they travel to England from abroad. You must take the test in the 2 days before your service to England departs. Find out more on the site.
From 4am Tuesday 30th November, fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must now take a PCR test before the end of day 2 and self isolate. You must self-isolate until the result of the test is known. If the test is negative, the self-isolation ends. If the test comes back positive, you must self-isolate for a further 10 days. You must provide a test booking reference for your PCR test when filling out your Passenger Locator Form. For more information and the latest updates please visit the website.


Please note there are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not. Find out more here.


Those who are not fully vaccinated, must continue to take a covid-19 test 72 hours before arrival into the UK and continue to take a day 2 and day 8 PCR test. You must also self isolate on your return to the UK for 10 days.


Some countries also require travellers to produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test result on arrival.


You can find out the specific rules for the country you’re travelling to on the government’s travel advice pages.


Coronavirus Testing Packages


We want to make travelling with the current restrictions as easy as possible for customers, which is why we have partnered* with a number of testing providers to offer cost effective access to PCR and lateral flow testing packages to get you on your way.


Everything Genetics

Everything Genetics are offering P&O Ferries customers testing options and packages. This includes the compulsory day 2 test (and day 8 when unvaccinated or travelling from a red country) when returning to the UK as per the latest entry rules for England.


Packages available are as follows:




Single tests available:




To find out more and purchase either a single test or a package, visit the Everything Genetics website.


When ordering a test through Everything Genetics, each person who orders a test will receive the following information from Everything Genetics; a text message confirming the order, email confirmation of the order and a link to an invoice showing the passenger locator code.



We have also partnered with Screen-4 who offer pre-travel Covid-19 test for £95, please visit our dedicated page on Screen4’s website.


*P&O Ferries is not responsible for any issues with the testing companies and will not respond to any complaints or refund enquiries


Testing at Hull Port

To streamline your travel plans and in light of the Netherlands entry requirements, we are pleased to be able to provide rapid antigen coronavirus tests at the port of Hull to our customers traveling on our Hull to Rotterdam route.


On arrival at the port, you will be directed to the building where your test will be carried out. If your test result is negative you can continue on to check-in. Information including costs are detailed below.


Those with a positive test result will not be able to travel and will be directed to a hotel accepting positive coronavirus cases in Bradford if they’re unable to return home. We are really pleased to be able to support our valued freight customers and essential workers through offering this testing service.


This service will be available every day of the week between 2pm and 6pm.


Test results can take up to 30 minutes, please allow an extra 90 minutes prior to checking in and arrive no later than 6pm to guarantee results before check-in closes.


The tests cost £29 plus VAT (total payable £34.80) and are available until 31st December 2021.


To book, simply place your booking on our Hull to Rotterdam route and select covid test on the Add-ons page during the booking process.



P&O Ferries sailing updates
PCR Testing Packages

Pre travel and Test to Release PCR testing service from £65 provided by Everything Genetics covering Green and Amber country requirements.

Safety precautions on P&O Ferries
Travelling Safely

Wondering if it’s safe to travel by ferry to Calais, Rotterdam or other European destinations? For more information on how to travel safely with P&O Ferries and what we are doing to help keep you safe onboard, visit our safety precautions page.

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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.