Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Before booking and travelling you will need to check the local requirements with the government of each country you will visit. Please make sure you are clear on:

  • The paperwork that is required including forms and Covid-19 tests
  • Other travel restrictions including quarantine regulations

Travel documentation

Please read through the advice for the country you are entering thoroughly and take note of what documentation you need to bring with you when you arrive at the port. You will not be able to travel if you do not have the correct documentation.

Everyone entering England from overseas (including UK nationals and residents) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to England.

Fill in your Passenger Locator Form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your Passenger Locator Form.

Before departure check the list of red, amber, and green countries, as the list can change regularly.

Red list passengers

1. Book a managed quarantine package

2. Complete a passenger locator form

You can only enter if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port and quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.

Amber list passengers

1. Book tests for day 2 and 8

2. Complete a passenger locator form

3. Make plans to self-quarantine in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)

Green list passengers

1. Book a test for day 2

2. Complete a passenger locator form

These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in England from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area. Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you are staying.

England: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine

Wales: https://gov.wales/arriving-wales-overseas

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. Check the list of exemptions carefully. You may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.

With effect from 9 June 2021, entry requirements for travellers from the UK to France have changed, depending on your vaccination status.  

Before arrival in France all passengers will need:

  • evidence of a negative non-NHS PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before departure, or a non-NHS antigen test, carried out less than 48 hours before departure. Please note that there are no testing facilities in any of our ports 

Unvaccinated passengers will also need:

  • a Sworn Statement form when you travel to certify you do not have COVID-19 or its symptoms and have not been in contact with any confirmed cases in the previous 14 days before travel
  • to complete a compelling reason document to enter France. You will also need a compelling reason document to leave France.
  • to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival in France and a second PCR test will need to be completed at the end of this seven-day period
  • You may also be given a random antigen test in your port of arrival in France

Fully vaccinated passengers will need to prove that the full course of the vaccine has been administered as follows:

  • 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca)
  • 4 weeks after the injection for single-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson)
  • 2 weeks after the vaccine for people who have previously had COVID-19 (only 1 injection needed)

You will need to prove your vaccination status using the NHS app, or you can visit the NHS website and register to access your status online. You will then be able to download and print your Pdf document. You can find more information about this here.

Please note that there is still a curfew in France from 23:00 – 06:00 and you will need an Exemption certificate to travel within this time. Further restrictions may be ordered by local authorities to respond to specific conditions in the area.

For the latest government advice visit France Diplomacy - Advice for Foreign Nationals in France.

With effect from 24 May 2021, the Spanish government has formally confirmed that UK nationals will be allowed to freely enter Spain for non-essential purposes and will no longer need to provide a negative PCR, TMA or LAMP test before arrival. UK nationals are not required to provide a negative test to board a ship sailing to Spain. However, travellers from the UK should be prepared to present evidence of a negative test if they have travelled to a country on Spain’s list of ‘risk countries’ in the 14 days prior to travel.

A paper format Spanish Travel Health Control form (“FCS” or passenger locator form) is still required. Before travel, you must print and complete the form. This will be collected by Brittany Ferries' staff in the garage before you disembark.

Please note you may be refused travel or fined by the Spanish authorities if you do not comply with their requirements fully.

All travellers to Ireland will need:

  • evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before arrival into Ireland.
  • an email receipt to show that you have completed the online Passenger Locator Form which you will need to show the Immigration Authorities upon arrival in Ireland.

Mandatory quarantine arrangements apply in Ireland and you can find more information on these requirements at www.gov.ie 

If you are not obliged to enter mandatory hotel quarantine, you will need to quarantine at home for 14 days. The home quarantine period can be shortened if you get a negative result from a PCR test taken no less than 5 days after arrival.  

Testing is free when arranged through the Health Service Executive. To book a test, please visit www.gov.ie/test 

Due to concerns about the new variant of COVID-19, people travelling from Great Britain are strongly encouraged to avail of free testing 5 days after arrival in Ireland.

Popular FAQs

Before contacting us, please check the FAQs below for the Covid-19 travel questions we're most frequently asked. You can also check out our FAQ section for more information about travelling with us.

The Public Health Form or Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is required by some governments in our destinations to collect information needed to contact you if a passenger on your crossing tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The information collected on behalf of the Health Authorities includes contact details, a destination address and travel itinerary.

We don’t have any PCR testing facilities in any of our ports. Please make sure that you check the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to. You can find the details of the entry requirements in the `Travel Documentation’ section above.

We are not asking for any additional tests to board our ships, but we do need to ensure that the entry requirements of the country you are sailing to are met. Please find the details of the entry requirements in the `Travel Documentation’ section above.

Some of our services are continuing to operate with our Covid-secure measures in place for your safety. It is essential to check that your travel is permitted and that you have the appropriate entry and travel requirements in place for your destination. We strongly recommend staying up to date with the latest advice via the appropriate government websites.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you on board and you can rest assured that the Covid-secure measures will be in place for as long as recommended.

With time, we hope that entry requirements will become easier for all those wishing to travel but we’ll keep you updated with the latest advice via these pages. If you are on a sailing likely to be affected by changing restrictions or schedules, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Please assume your holiday is going ahead unless we contact you. Undoubtedly there will be some facilities and attractions which have to be adapted to cope with the pandemic and it is possible some services or facilities may be withdrawn temporarily.

If you have decided that you wish to cancel your plans for this summer then you have two options:

Amend your booking to a later date

You can amend your booking to a later date online using the Manage my booking facility. Depending on your chosen ticket type, charges will vary so please check our booking terms and conditions.

Cancel your booking

You will incur cancellation charges if you decide to cancel altogether, and details of the applicable charges for your chosen ticket type can be found in our booking terms and conditions. You may be able to claim these costs from your travel insurance company.

You can get in touch through all the usual means. You may find the answer to your question above or in our FAQs but our friendly contact centre team are also on hand to help.

Please see our Contact Us page for details of how to get in touch.