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FRANCE TO IRELAND Travel Restrictions

Updated: 01.06.21

We continue to operate our schedules playing a critical role in the supply chain and facilitating essential travel. Our services are operating as normal for freight including freight drivers. 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 required to wear face coverings onboard our ships and at ports where social distancing isn’t possible. See what we are doing here.

Advice is still that travel should be for essential reasons only. Please consult your local health authority for further guidance.

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

What you need to do before traveling to IRELAND FROM FRANCE

The latest travel advice to Ireland is here.

  • 1. You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF)*.
    • If you are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland, you will have to fill out a portion of the form.
  • 2. Present at check-in a negative (not detected) pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test result taken up to 72 hours before arrival. There are limited exemptions for passengers who do not need to provide evidence of a pre-departure test. Passengers will be denied boarding if they cannot produce this evidence at check-in. Any passenger who cannot produce such evidence to an immigration officer on arrival is required to quarantine at a designated facility at their own expense. [Evidence should include 1. Date of test and 2. Test Centre & contact details for verification].
  • 3. And complete mandatory post arrival quarantine
    • a 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
    • you can end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a negative or ‘not detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. Testing is free when arranged through the Health Service Executive, details available on HSE.ie. Due to concerns about the new variant of COVID-19, all those who have travelled from Great Britain are strongly encouraged to avail of free testing 5 days after arrival in Ireland.  You must retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days
    • If you have been in or travelled through a 'Designated State' in the 14 days before arrival in Ireland, this must be at a designated facility booked in advance with the booking receipt available for check-in. All other passengers must quarantine at the address specified on the PLF. If you are fully vaccinated and have the documents to prove that, then you do not have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine when you come to Ireland. You are still required to have a negative PCR test and complete a period of self-quarantine. See details here.

Immigrations Officers will check 1. PLF and 2. Negative PCR test and penalties and / or mandatory quarantine may be issued for non-compliance. Any passenger who breaches the pre-departure testing or mandatory quarantine requirements may be subject to prosecution.

  • *NOTE – Passenger Locator Form: Enter n/a in respect of Ferry number and Seat number on Step 2 of the online locator form). This applies to all passengers, regardless of country of citizenship (i.e. including Irish citizens). The information on the PLF may be used for the purpose of contact tracing in case you, or another person you have been in contact with, becomes symptomatic for COVID-19.
  • Visa requirements for citizens of non-EU/CTA countries may change. You may now require a Visa or Transit Visa. See here for more details.
  • Contact us if you need to amend your booking.

Restrictions for Travel to Ireland from France are expected to change for arrivals from 19 July. See full details here 

IRELAND TO FRANCE Travel Restrictions

Updated: 09.06.21

We continue to operate our schedules playing a critical role in the supply chain and facilitating essential travel. Our services are operating as normal for freight including freight drivers. 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 required to wear face coverings onboard our ships and at ports where social distancing isn’t possible. See what we are doing here.

Advice is still that travel should be for essential reasons only. Please consult your local health authority for further guidance.

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 with an EMA approved vaccine (2 weeks after completion of a 2 dose vaccine, and 4 weeks after a 1 dose vaccine)do not need to provide the results of COVID-19 test on arrival. 
    • Passengers aged 11 years and over who are not vaccinated must be in possession of either a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 or a Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before departure. Self-administered Antigen tests are not accepted. 
    • Proof of completion of vaccination or test results will be required for check-in and inspection at border control and entry refused for non-compliance.
  • Sworn Statements required for Check-in:
    • Passengers aged 11 years or older are required to complete a declaration that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, have not knowingly been in contact with a confirmed case in the preceding 14 days, and will submit if required RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France. Sworn Statement in English form Passengers aged 11 years or older, or link to Online Form in French
    • Passengers aged under 11 years are required to complete a declaration that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have not knowingly been in contact with a confirmed case in the preceding 14 days. Sworn Statement in English form Passengers Aged < 11 years.
  • Movements Form: Once in France, there is an evening curfew (ban on movement) from 23:00 – 06:00hrs until 30 June. Essential movements during curfew will need to be supported by completion of a declaration form, English declaration for curfew movement or can be completed online in French.
  • By law, French Authorities require passengers to wear a face mask / face covering when arriving into France and when in a closed public area. 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.
  • Contact us if you need to amend your booking.
IRELAND TO BRITAIN Travel Restrictions

Updated: 12.04.21

We continue to operate our schedules playing a critical role in the supply chain and facilitating essential travel. Our services are operating as normal for freight including freight drivers. 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 required to wear face coverings onboard our ships and at ports where social distancing isn’t possible. See all that we are doing here.

Advice is still that travel should be for essential reasons only. Please consult your local health authority for further guidance.

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

What you need to do before traveling to BRITAIN from Ireland:

The latest travel advice to and from Britain is here. Ireland is an exempted country under the Common Travel Area, and Irish citizens are currently exempted from travel restrictions into the UK.

  • 1. Passenger Locator Form (PLF): If you are not a resident of the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey) and are travelling to / through Britain, you are required to complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before your arrival in Britain.

  • 2. You must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and quarantine / self-isolate (depending on where you have travelled from) if you arrived into the Common Travel Area from a safe country (i.e.: not a banned or red list country) within the last 10 days.

  • 3. If you have arrived into the Common Travel Area from a banned or ‘red list’ country within the last 10 days, you are now PROHIBITED from entering Britain. You will be refused entry.

  • 4. You must take a digital or printed copy of the completed PLF form with you when you travel and have the option to print if needed. It is your responsibility to provide these details and UK Border Force are regularly undertaking checks. Failure to complete or produce a PLF could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued.
  • Please note that different rules may apply across Britain – i.e.: in the different jurisdictions of either England; Wales or Northern Ireland. Consult the relevant government website for latest information.

  • In accordance with public health guidelines, it is required to wear face coverings onboard our ships and at ports where social distancing isn’t possible.

  • Contact us if you need to amend your booking.
BRITAIN TO IRELAND Travel Restrictions

Updated 16.06.21

We continue to operate our schedules playing a critical role in the supply chain and facilitating essential travel. Our services are operating as normal for freight including freight drivers. 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 required to wear face coverings onboard our ships and at ports where social distancing isn’t possible. See what we are doing here.

Advice is still that travel should be for essential reasons only. Please consult your local health authority for further guidance.

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

What you need to do before traveling to IRELAND FROM BRITAIN

The latest travel advice to Ireland is here.

  • 1. You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF)*.
    • If you are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland, you will have to fill out a portion of the form.
  • 2. Present at check-in a negative (not detected) pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test result taken up to 72 hours before arrival. There are limited exemptions for passengers who do not need to provide evidence of a pre-departure test. Passengers will be denied boarding if they cannot produce this evidence at check-in. Any passenger who cannot produce such evidence to an immigration officer on arrival is required to quarantine at a designated facility at their own expense.  [Evidence should include 1. Date of test and 2. Test Centre & contact details for verification, Due to these requirements, NHS PCR Tests are not acceptable].
  • 3. And complete mandatory post arrival quarantine
    • a 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
    • passengers who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must also observe the mandatory quarantine regime
    • you can end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a negative or ‘not detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. Testing is free when arranged through the Health Service Executive, details available on HSE.ie. Due to concerns about the new variant of COVID-19, all those who have travelled from Great Britain are strongly encouraged to avail of free testing 5 days after arrival in Ireland. You must retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days
    • Those who travel from Great Britain, who are not fully vaccinated are now requested to remain in quarantine and seek a further test at least 10 days after arrival in Ireland, in addition to the day 5 test. This day 10 test is also free of charge.
    • If you have been in or travelled through a 'Designated State' in the 14 days before arrival in Ireland, this must be at a designated facility booked in advance with the booking receipt available for check-in.  All other passengers must quarantine at the address specified on the PLF. If you are fully vaccinated and have the documents to prove that, then you do not have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine when you come to Ireland. You are still required to have a negative PCR test and complete a period of self-quarantine. See details here.

Immigrations Officers will check 1. PLF and 2. Negative PCR test and penalties and / or mandatory quarantine may be issued for non-compliance. Any passenger who breaches the pre-departure testing or mandatory quarantine requirements may be subject to prosecution.

  • *NOTE – Passenger Locator Form: Enter n/a in respect of Ferry number and Seat number on Step 2 of the online locator form). This applies to all passengers, regardless of country of citizenship (i.e. including Irish citizens). The information on the PLF may be used for the purpose of contact tracing in case you, or another person you have been in contact with, becomes symptomatic for COVID-19.
  • Visa requirements for citizens of non-EU/CTA countries may change. You may now require a Visa or Transit Visa. See here for more details.
  • Contact us if you need to amend your booking.

Restrictions for Travel to Ireland from Britain are expected to change for arrivals from 19 July.  See full details here

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

Updated: 10.06.21

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 required to wear face coverings onboard our ships and at ports where social distancing isn’t possible. 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.

At present, United Kingdom is classified in the “Amber” category for travel to France, therefore the following requirements apply:

  • Arrivals into France from the United Kingdom (incl. Northern Ireland):
    • All passengers aged 11 years or older must be in possession of either a negative test result from an RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure or a Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test taken 48 hours before departure. Self-administered Antigen tests are not accepted.
    • Passengers who are fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine (2 weeks after completion of a 2 dose vaccine, or 4 weeks after a 1 dose vaccine) do not need to justify an essential reason for travel or to self-isolate on arrival. Children under the age of 18 years old, who are travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will be exempt from requirements to self-isolate and provide an essential reason for travel, regardless of whether the minor has been vaccinated or not.
    • Passengers who are not vaccinated need to complete a travel certificate form detailing essential reasons for travel, and self-isolate for 7 days on arrival. Random antigen tests may be administered to non-vaccinated arrivals.
    • Proof of completion of vaccination or test results will be required for check-in and inspection at border control and entry refused for non-compliance.
  • Sworn Statements required for Check-in:
    • Passengers aged 11 years or older are required to complete a declaration that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, have not knowingly been in contact with a confirmed case in the preceding 14 days, and will submit if required RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France. Sworn Statement in English form Passengers aged 11 years or older, or link to Online Form in French
    • Passengers aged under 11 years are required to complete a declaration that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have not knowingly been in contact with a confirmed case in the preceding 14 days. Sworn Statement in English form Passengers Aged < 11 years.
  • Movements Form: Once in France, there is an evening curfew (ban on movement) from 23:00 – 06:00hrs until 30 June. Essential movements during curfew will need to be supported by completion of a form, English declaration for curfew movement or can be completed online in French.
  • By law, French Authorities require passengers to wear a face mask / face covering when arriving into France and when in a closed public area. 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.
  • Contact us if you need to amend your booking.
FRANCE TO ENGLAND Travel Restrictions

Updated: 01.06.21

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 required to wear face coverings onboard our ships and at ports where social distancing isn’t possible. 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 travel advice for travel from France to England here.   

Before travelling, passengers need to:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before leaving for the UK:  details of the test requirement can be found HERE 
  • complete a passenger locator form 

 

On arrival, requirements for quarantine and testing depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.  Before departure check the list of red, amber and green countries HERE, as the list can change regularly.

If you have been in a country or territory on the:

  • green list - you must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2
  • amber list - you must quarantine in the place you’re staying and take 2 COVID-19 tests
  • red list - you must quarantine in a hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests.
    • You cannot currently enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the red list unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.

 

You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.  Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. There are a limited set of exemptions from these measures, so please check the list of exemptions carefully, as you may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.