Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FRANCE TO IRELAND Travel Restrictions

Updated: 06.01.22

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 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. The requirements for arrivals from France into Ireland are as follows:

  • All passengers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) in advance of travel. Passengers who cannot produce a receipt for a passenger locator form will be denied boarding. Children should be included in the PLF of their accompanying adult. Only international transport workers in possession of an Annex 3 certificate, drivers of HGVs in the course of their duties and diplomats are exempt from the requirement to complete the passenger locator form. Further information and the form are available here – www.gov.ie/locatorform .

    In addition

  • 1. Passengers aged 12 years and over with evidence of having been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 with certification do NOT need a pre-departure COVID-19 test result.

    Or

  • 2. Passengers aged 12 and over who are not vaccinated or recovered will need for check-in a certified negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours before arrival in Ireland.

    Children aged 11 years and under are exempt from pre-departure COVID-19 travel tests.

    All passengers arriving in Ireland are advised to conduct antigen testing on a daily basis for a period of 5 consecutive days commencing on day of arrival.  More information can be found here.

Ireland is now a part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel originating within the EU/EEA. The Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel to and from these countries and will be accepted as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test.

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.

IRELAND TO FRANCE Travel Restrictions

Updated: 20.12.21

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 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:
      • Travellers (with the exception of children under 12 years of age) coming from Ireland who cannot prove that they have a complete vaccination schedule must present the negative result of a PCR test or an antigenic test carried out less than 24 hours before departure.

        Passengers who are fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine. If you are vaccinated: you can travel to France with no restrictions linked to health conditions.

      • Passengers aged 12 years and over who are not vaccinated must be in possession of either:
        • a negative RT-PCR or a Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test result with certification taken within 24 hours before departure. Test result certification needs to state: type of test (PCR or Antigen), show full name and time/date of test;
          OR
        • a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 from 11 days to under 6 months.

        Children aged under 12 years who are vaccinated, are not required to have a COVID-19 test result for arrival.

      • 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.

        Sworn Statements are REQUIRED for Check-in:

      • All passengers 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: Sworn Statement in English form .

      • By law, French Authorities require passengers to wear a face mask / face covering when in French waters, in French ports 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.
IRELAND TO BRITAIN Travel Restrictions

Updated: 06.09.21

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 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 BRITAIN from Ireland:

The latest travel advice to and from Britain is here. Ireland is an exempted country under the Common Travel Area (CTA), and Irish citizens are currently exempted from travel restrictions into the UK. That means that you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travel or complete a Passenger Locator Form. Quarantine also does not apply for travel from the CTA (including Ireland) on arrival in Britain.

Please note, if you are not a resident of the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey) OR have been outside the Common Travel Area in the 10 days prior to travel to Britain, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before your arrival in Britain.

For those coming from outside of the Common Travel Area you must follow the rules of entry according to whether the country you have been in is classified as Red, Amber or Green. Click here for more information and to access the Passenger Locator Form.

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 06.01.22

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 Irish ports, 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 for travel to IRELAND FROM BRITAIN:

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

The requirements for arrivals from Britain into Ireland are as follows:

  • All passengers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) in advance of travel. Passengers who cannot produce a receipt for a passenger locator form, valid test result and vaccine evidence where required, will be denied boarding. Children should be included in the PLF of their accompanying adult. Only international transport workers in possession of an Annex 3 certificate, drivers of HGVs in the course of their duties and diplomats are exempt from the requirement to complete the passenger locator form. Further information and the form are available here  – www.gov.ie/locatorform.

    In addition
  • 1. Passengers aged 12 years and over with evidence of having been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 with certification do NOT need a pre-departure COVID-19 test result.

    OR

  • 2. Passengers aged 12 years and over who are not vaccinated or recovered will need for check-in a certified negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours before arrival in Ireland.

    Children aged 11 years and under are exempt from pre-travel COVID-19 test requirements. 

All passengers arriving in Ireland are advised to conduct antigen testing on a daily basis for a period of 5 consecutive days commencing on day of arrival. More information can be found here.

Ireland is now a part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel originating within the EU/EEA. The Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel to and from these countries and will be accepted as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test.

For the UK, please  select from the relevant links below to find out how to obtain your vaccination certificate: 

England - NHS COVID Pass

Scotland - NHS COVID Vaccination Status

Wales - NHS COVID Pass

Northern Ireland - NHS Proof of Vaccination

While paper vaccine cards are accepted All other passengers aged 12 and over who are not vaccinated or recovered will need for check-in a certified negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of arrival in Ireland.

As proof of vaccination, we strongly advise our passengers to access their NHS Covid Pass to avoid any potential issues upon arrival.

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

Updated: 14.01.22

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 effective from 14 January is here.

Arrivals into France from the United Kingdom (incl. Northern Ireland):

  • All passengers:
    • Pre-departure test: All passengers aged 12 years and older must be in possession of a negative result from either an RT-PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen COVID-19 test with certification taken within 24 hours before departure.
    • Sworn health declaration: all passengers must complete a sworn health declaration certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and that you agree to take an antigen test that may be performed on arrival in France.
  • Vaccinated passengers: vaccinated passengers with proof of being fully vaccinated no longer need a compelling reason to travel to France, nor is a period of self-isolation required on arrival. The measures applying to vaccinated adults are extended to their accompanying minors/children.
  • Un-vaccinated Passengers:
    • Unvaccinated passengers need a compelling reason to travel to France and a form completed declaring that reason.
    • Before Departure: unvaccinated passengers must register on this digital platform https://passager.serveureos.org/ stating the address for their stay in France.
    • Isolation on arrival: It is a requirement to self-isolate on arrival for 10 days. This can be reduced to 48 hours if a negative PCR/lateral flow antigen test result is obtained.

 

  • More details and links to the compelling reasons and health declaration forms can be found here:

  • 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, when in French ports 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.
FRANCE TO ENGLAND Travel Restrictions

Updated: 06.01.22

We are operating our ‘Travel Safe’ programme to ensure the safety and comfort of both passengers and crew on all our services. We request that passengers wear face coverings onboard our ships for the safety of all. In French 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 ENGLAND from FRANCE:

Consult the latest UK Government travel advice before departure here

To leave France, from 18 December, both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are 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.

For travel to England from 7 January, requirements are changing from 4am 7 January – see details here.

The following will now be required for check-in:

1. Passenger Locator Form: All passengers must complete a PLF (passenger locator form), and declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival.

2. Pre-departure test requirements: are as follows:

  • Eligible fully vaccinated travellers and under 18s do NOT need to take a pre-departure test or self-isolate on arrival in England. You can check if you qualify as fully vaccinated by clicking here
  • Unvaccinated passengers aged 18 years and over must have a certified negative COVID-19 PCR or Lateral Flow Device (LFD) antigen test taken in the 48 hours before departure.

3. Post -arrival test requirements: Passengers must pre-book and pay for the following post-arrival tests (depending on vaccination status / age) and the COVID-19 test booking reference number entered on the Passenger Locator Form.

details of which will need to be entered on the Passenger Locator Form:

Eligible fully vaccinated passengers and over 5s:

From 4am on Sunday 9 January, eligible fully vaccinated travellers and over 5s will be able to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR on or before day 2 of their arrival in England. Lateral flow tests for travel can be booked from Friday 7 January and taken upon arrival, by the end of day 2.

Non-vaccinated passengers:

  • pre-book and pay for Day 2 and Day 8 COVID-19 PCR post travel tests.
  • self-isolate for 10 days. Passengers who have to self-isolate can opt to pay for a Day 5 test as part of the test to release scheme.

For arrivals who have been in RED List Countries (including those who are fully vaccinated) in the 10 days before entering England, click here for the rules that apply.

There are a limited set of exemptions from the international travel rules, so please check the list of exemptions carefully, as you may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.

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

Loading...

Loading...