Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FRANCE TO IRELAND Travel Restrictions

Updated: 28.07.21

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 IRELAND FROM FRANCE:

Please go to www.gov.ie/travel before travel, for the latest information on travel requirements to Ireland. The requirements for arrivals from France into Ireland are as follows:

  • You 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 to a completed passenger locator form, all passengers (except those exempt) must have one of the following:
    • Evidence of having been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency,
    • Certification as having recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 6 months.
    • Evidence of a negative/not detected result from a RT-PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival. NOTE: Evidence of an antigen test will not suffice. Test results need to be verifiable and state: that test is a PCR test and show full name and time/date of test.

      Children aged 11 and under are not required to have a RT-PCR for travel.

      Children aged 12 to 17 must have a RT-PCR Test, vaccination or recovery certificate to travel.

  • Any child aged 17 or under, travelling with parents or guardians who have a vaccination/recovery certificate, are exempt from self-quarantine. However, where one accompanying adult needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine. The Digital COVID Certificate can be used as proof of whichever of the above applies. Other proof of vaccinations and negative RT-PCR tests may also be used.
  • Your Passenger Locator Form will be checked prior to departure. Passengers will be denied boarding if they cannot produce evidence at check-in of the completed form and evidence of a valid RT-PCR test where required.
  • At arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on Digital COVID Certificates, other proof of vaccinations and negative RT-PCR tests as appropriate, and penalties may be issued for non-compliance.
  • Further information in relation to mandatory hotel quarantine is available here www.gov.ie/quarantine.

If you have any questions on this official guidance, please consult www.gov.ie/travel.

Quarantine:

  • Passengers arriving from within the EEA, who have not been in designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival are not subject to any quarantine arrangements.
  • Passengers arriving from outside the EEA, including those from Great Britain who have not been in a designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival and who are fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery are also not subject to any quarantine arrangements.
  • Passengers arriving from outside the EEA, including those from Great Britain who have not been in a designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival and are travelling on the basis of a RT-PCR test are subject to 14 days self-quarantine which can be reduced if a negative/not detected result is received form a test taken no less than five days after arrival. This test can be arranged through the HSE at www.gov.ie/test
  • Passengers who have been in a designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival, who are fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery from covid-19 are subject to 14 days self-quarantine which can be reduced if a negative/not detected result is received form a test taken no less than five days after arrival. This test can be arranged through the HSE at www.gov.ie/test
  • Passengers who have been in a designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival, who are travelling on the basis of a test are subject to quarantine in a mandatory hotel quarantine facility for up to 14 days. The cost of this facility is at the passenger’s own expense and must be booked in advance of travel. Passengers subject to mandatory hotel quarantine who do not have evidence of booking their place at the facility will be denied boarding.
  • Passengers who cannot produce valid evidence of vaccination, recovery or RT-PCR when requested to do so by an immigration officer, are also subject to mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense until such time as a negative/not-detected result from a RT-PCR can be produced.

Further information in relation to mandatory hotel quarantine is available here www.gov.ie/quarantine .

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: 26.07.21

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:
    • Passengers who are fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine (1 week after completion of a 2 dose vaccine, and 4 weeks after a 1 dose vaccine) do not need to provide the results of a COVID-19 test on arrival.
    • 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 72 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 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 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.

When in France

  • Face masks / coverings: 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.
  • Health Pass (Pass Sanitaire): Visitors to France will need to prove that they are either fully vaccinated, recently recovered from COVID-19 or have a recent (< 72 hours) negative COVID19 test result in order to travel on buses and trains, and to enter certain leisure facilities and sites, including restaurants, bars, some shopping centres, amusement parks, and hospitals. The EU Digital Covid Certificate or NHS COVID Pass will be accepted as proof, or you can download the French TousAntiCovid app and scan in your QR code to add your certificate to the Health Pass section.  Children under the age of 18 years are exempt until 30th September when this requirement will come into force for those aged 12 – 17 years.  Full details available here
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 05.08.21

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 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/travel , for the latest information on travel requirements to Ireland.

    The requirements for arrivals from Britain into Ireland are as follows:
  • You 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 to a completed passenger locator form, all passengers (except those exempt) must have one of the following: (Only those with either 1 or 2 below do not need to quarantine)
    • 1. Evidence of having been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency,
    • 2. Certification as having recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 6 months
    • 3. Evidence of a negative/not detected result from a verifiable RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival into the country. NOTE: Evidence of an antigen test will not suffice. Test results need to be verifiable and state: that test is a PCR test and show full name and time/date of test.

      Children aged 11 and under are not required to have a RT-PCR for travel. Children aged 12 to 17 must have a RT-PCR Test, vaccination or recovery certificate to travel.

  • Following arrival into Ireland, unvaccinated passengers must self-quarantine for 14 days. The period of quarantine can be ended following 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.
  • Children are not required to self-quarantine post arrival when travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults. However, where one accompanying adult needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine.

The Digital COVID Certificate can be used as proof of whichever of the above applies. Other proof of vaccinations e.g. NHS vaccinations and negative RT-PCR test certificates may also be used.

  • Your Passenger Locator Form will be checked prior to departure. Passengers will be denied boarding if they cannot produce evidence at check-in of the completed form and evidence of a valid RT-PCR test where required.
  • At arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on Digital COVID Certificates, other proof of vaccinations and negative RT-PCR tests as appropriate, and penalties may be issued for non-compliance.

  • Following arrival into Ireland, unvaccinated passengers must self-quarantine for 14 days:
    • the period of quarantine can be ended following 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.
    • Children are not required to self-quarantine post arrival when travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults. However, where one accompanying adult needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine.

If you are unvaccinated and have been in or travelled through a 'Designated or Emergency Break State' in the 14 days before arrival in Ireland, you must quarantine at a designated facility on arrival which must be booked in advance with the booking receipt available for check-in.

Further information in relation to mandatory hotel quarantine is available here www.gov.ie/quarantine.

If you have any questions on this official guidance, please consult www.gov.ie/travel.

Quarantine:

  • Passengers arriving from outside the EEA, including those from Great Britain who have not been in a designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival and who are fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery are also not subject to any quarantine arrangements.
  • Passengers arriving from outside the EEA, including those from Great Britain who have not been in a designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival and are travelling on the basis of a RT-PCR test are subject to 14 days self-quarantine which can be reduced if a negative/not detected result is received form a test taken no less than five days after arrival. This test can be arranged through the HSE at www.gov.ie/test
  • Passengers arriving from within the EEA, who have not been in designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival are not subject to any quarantine arrangements.
  • Passengers who have been in a designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival, who are fully vaccinated or have proof of recovery from covid-19 are subject to 14 days self-quarantine which can be reduced if a negative/not detected result is received form a test taken no less than five days after arrival. This test can be arranged through the HSE at www.gov.ie/test
  • Passengers who have been in a designated/emergency brake state in the 14 days prior to their arrival, who are travelling on the basis of a test are subject to quarantine in a mandatory hotel quarantine facility for up to 14 days. The cost of this facility is at the passenger’s own expense and must be booked in advance of travel. Passengers subject to mandatory hotel quarantine who do not have evidence of booking their place at the facility will be denied boarding.
  • Passengers who cannot produce valid evidence of vaccination, recovery or RT-PCR when requested to do so by an immigration officer, are also subject to mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense until such time as a negative/not-detected result from a RT-PCR can be produced.

Further information in relation to mandatory hotel quarantine is available here www.gov.ie/quarantine .

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.

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

Updated: 20.07.21

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 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):
    • Fully vaccinated passengers:
      • Do not need a COVID-19 test to enter France. The period of time to wait following the final dose has been reduced to 7 days (double dose, or previous infection + one dose) and 28 days (single dose vaccine).
      • Must complete a Sworn Statement in English that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, have not knowingly been in contact with a confirmed case in the preceding 14 days
  • Non-vaccinated passengers aged 12 years and older:
    • must be in possession of a negative result from either an RT-PCR or Antigen COVID-19 test with certification taken within 24 hours before departure. The negative test certificate must state: test type (PCR or Antigen), show full name and time/date of test.
    • 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.
    • Must complete a Sworn Statement in English that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, have not knowingly been in contact with a confirmed case in the preceding 14 days
    • Children under 12 years are exempt from the requirement to have a pre-departure COVID-19 test result, but 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. See Sworn Statement in English form for children.
    • 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.
  • 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.

When in France

  • Face masks / coverings: 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.
  • Health Pass (Pass Sanitaire): Visitors to France will need to prove that they are either fully vaccinated, recently recovered from COVID-19 or have a recent (< 72 hours) negative COVID19 test result in order to travel on buses and trains, and to enter certain leisure facilities and sites, including restaurants, bars, some shopping centres, amusement parks, and hospitals. The EU Digital Covid Certificate or NHS COVID Pass will be accepted as proof, or you can download the French TousAntiCovid app and scan in your QR code to add your certificate to the Health Pass section.  Children under the age of 18 years are exempt until 30th September when this requirement will come into force for those aged 12 – 17 years.  Full details available here
FRANCE TO ENGLAND Travel Restrictions

Updated: 19.08.21

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 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 ENGLAND from FRANCE:

Consult the latest travel advice for travel from France to England here. Before departure check the list of red, amber and green countries here, as the list can change regularly.

All passengers must complete a PLF (passenger locator form).

  • France is currently on the Amber list, allowing passengers who can prove they are fully vaccinated (with an approved vaccine in the UK, USA or Europe) to enter the country
    • without the requirement to quarantine on arrival
    • or take a day 8 Covid-19 test.
    • Passengers must still book and take a day 2 Covid-19 test. Children aged 10 and under do not need to take a test.
    • Passengers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before departing for the UK - details of the test requirement can be found here . Children aged 10 and under do not need to take a test.
  • Non vaccinated passengers will need:
    • to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before departing for the UK - details of the test requirement can be found here . Children aged 10 and under do not need to take a test.
    • to quarantine for 10 days and
    • book and pay for Day 2 and Day 8 tests (children under 18 years exempt from quarantine, and children aged 5-18 will need to book a Day 2 PCR). Children aged 4 and under will continue to be exempt from any travel testing.
    • Passengers who have to quarantine can opt to pay for a Day 5 test as part of test to release.
  • For arrivals from RED List Countries:

    Book a quarantine hotel package if you’ve been in a country or territory on the RED list in the 10 days before you arrive in England. 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.

    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.