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COVID-19 Travel Tests

Updated 07.12.21

COVID-19 test requirements depend on where you are travelling to and what the age or vaccination status of the passenger is – please check the specific COVID-19 test requirements for your route.

Where a negative COVID-19 test result is required, it needs to be a certified test and state: test type, full name, and state time/date of test - for this reason NHS tests may not be acceptable. Test results can be in a digital or paper format. Antigen tests are also often referred to as a lateral flow device (LFD) tests.

Here are some useful links on test providers :

  • Ireland: for details of Government approved companies who provide Digital COVID Certificates and 1) Antigen testing click here or 2) RT-PCR testing click here
  • Britain: the gov.uk site provides details on this link here of where to find a coronavirus (COVID-19) travel test provider if you're arriving in England.
  • France : if you are looking for a test centre in France, you can consult the French government search tool on Santé.fr (available in French only - use the department postcode to search in a particular area e.g. Cherbourg is 50100, Calais is 62100).

Note: these are not endorsements and passengers should check the details and T&Cs of test providers and ensure it meets requirements

FRANCE TO ENGLAND Travel Restrictions

Updated: 16.03.22

We are operating our ‘Travel Safe’ programme to ensure the safety and comfort of both passengers and crew on all our services. We recommend that passengers wear face coverings onboard our ships for the safety of all. In French waters, the wearing of face coverings is mandatory. See what we are doing here.

We strongly recommend adding our new flexibility option when making a new booking.

What you need to do before traveling to ENGLAND from FRANCE:

Consult the latest UK Government travel advice before departure here

For travel to England from 4am 18 March, the requirements are changing. From 4am Friday 18 March onwards, you will not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

To leave France, unvaccinated people are still required to have a compelling reason to travel to the UK. Click here for the form required, and see full details including the list of compelling reasons on the French government website here.

UK (incl. N. IRELAND) TO FRANCE Travel Restrictions

Updated: 14.04.22

We are operating our ‘Travel Safe’ programme to ensure the safety and comfort of both passengers and crew on all our services. In accordance with public health guidelines, it is recommended to wear face coverings while onboard our ships for the safety of all. In French and Irish ports and when in French waters, the wearing of face coverings is mandatory. See what we are doing here.

We strongly recommend adding our new flexibility option when making a new booking.

What you need to do before traveling to FRANCE FROM UK (incl. N. IRELAND) :

The latest travel advice from UK (including N. Ireland) to France is here.

  • Fully Vaccinated passengers aged 12 years and older with certification do NOT need a COVID-19 test to enter France.
    • Travellers aged over 18 and 1 month who had their full vaccine course over 9 months ago must have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster to continue to be considered as fully vaccinated, or otherwise must follow the rules for unvaccinated passengers to enter France.
  • Unvaccinated passengers need:
    • either the result of a certified negative PCR or lateral flow antigen test (in paper or digital format) carried out prior to departure within 72 hours for a PCR or 48 hours for an antigen. Self-administered tests without certification are not considered valid for travel OR a certificate of recovery (positive result of a PCR or antigen test carried out more than 11 days and less than six months previously. This certificate is only valid for a period of six months from the date of the examination or test).
  • Minors
    • Children aged under 12 years who are not vaccinated, are not required to have a COVID-19 test result for arrival.
    • All unvaccinated minors (12 to 17 years) are subject to the same travel regulations as unvaccinated adults (PCR/antigen test prior to departure).

 

    • Negative test certificates (digital or paper format) must state: test type (PCR or Antigen), show full name and time/date of test. Self administered tests without professional certification (including NHS tests) are not considered valid for travel.

    • Completed forms and proof of vaccination and/or test results will be required for check-in, or boarding denied. Inspections will be conducted at border control and entry refused for non-compliance.

    • By law, French Authorities require passengers to wear a face mask / face covering when in French waters. Please have a face mask / face covering with you when travelling with us and remember that rules are in place throughout France for public transport and healthcare settings.
BRITAIN TO IRELAND Travel Restrictions

Updated 07.03.22

We are operating our ‘Travel Safe’ programme to ensure the safety and comfort of both passengers and crew on all our services. We continue to recommend wearing face coverings while in the public areas of our ships for the safety of all. See what we are doing here.

We strongly recommend adding our new flexibility option when making a new booking.

What you need for travel to IRELAND FROM BRITAIN:

Please go to www.gov.ie , for the latest information on travel requirements to Ireland.

From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival. There are also no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland.

Any individual that develops COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance available here in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or PCR testing as appropriate.

Citizens of non-EU/CTA countries should ensure they check the visa requirements for entry to Ireland which are subject to change. See here for more details.

IRELAND TO FRANCE Travel Restrictions

Updated: 14.04.22

We are operating our ‘Travel Safe’ programme to ensure the safety and comfort of both passengers and crew on all our services. In accordance with public health guidelines, it is recommended to wear face coverings while onboard our ships for the safety of all. In French and Irish ports and when in French waters, the wearing of face coverings is mandatory. See what we are doing here.

We strongly recommend adding our new flexibility option when making a new booking.

What you need to do before traveling to FRANCE on our Dublin - Cherbourg route from Ireland:

If you are travelling from the Republic of Ireland, the latest travel advice to France is here .

If you are travelling from Northern Ireland to France on our Dublin to Cherbourg route, you are advised to follow the travel advice for UK (incl. N. IRELAND) TO FRANCE.

  • Arrivals into France from Ireland:
    • Passengers who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 with certification do NOT need a COVID-19 test to enter France.
    • Travellers aged over 18 and 1 month who had their full vaccine course over 9 months ago must have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster to continue to be considered as fully vaccinated, or otherwise must follow the rules for unvaccinated passengers to enter France.
  • Unvaccinated passengers aged 12 years and older must have:
  • either the result of a certified negative PCR or lateral flow antigen test (in paper or digital format) carried out prior to departure within 72 hours for a PCR or 48 hours for an antigen. Self-administered tests without certification are not considered valid for travel OR a certificate of recovery (positive result of a PCR or antigen test carried out more than 11 days and less than six months previously. This certificate is only valid for a period of six months from the date of the examination or test).
  • Minors:
    • Children aged under 12 years who are not vaccinated, are not required to have a COVID-19 test result for arrival.
    • Unvaccinated minors aged 12 to 17 years are subject to the same travel regulations as unvaccinated adults (PCR/antigen test prior to departure)
  • Proof of completion of vaccination, recovery or test results will be required for check-in and inspection at border control and entry refused for non-compliance.
  • Here is a list of test providers in Ireland, who can generate a Digital COVID certificate that will allow you to travel after a negative test.
  • By law, French Authorities require passengers to wear a face mask / face covering when in French waters. Please have a face mask / face covering with you when travelling with us and remember that social distancing and face-covering rules are in place throughout France.
FRANCE TO IRELAND Travel Restrictions

Updated: 07.03.22

We are operating our ‘Travel Safe’ programme to ensure the safety and comfort of both passengers and crew on all our services. We continue to recommend wearing face coverings while in the public areas of our ships for the safety of all. In French waters, the wearing of face coverings is mandatory. See what we are doing here.

We strongly recommend adding our new Flexi Fare when making a new booking.

What you need to do before traveling to IRELAND FROM FRANCE:

Please go to www.gov.ie , for the latest information on travel requirements to Ireland.

From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival. There are also no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland.

Any individual that develops COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance available here in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or PCR testing as appropriate.

Citizens of non-EU/CTA countries should ensure they check the visa requirements for entry to Ireland which are subject to change. See here for more details.

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