Sunday February 14th 2021
We respectively ask you to please read and take note of the following Important Travel Information to assist you both prior to and during your journey with us.
GOVERNMENT ADVICE FOR TRAVEL
We would like to make you aware of the latest government advice.
UK ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The English Government has announced that as a result of increasing instances of COVID-19 around the world, from 04:00am on 18 January passengers aged 11 and above, arriving by ship, plane or train will have to take a COVID test up to 3 days before departure and provide evidence of a negative result before they travel to England. All information on test requirements will be made available to passengers and transport operators through guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing for people travelling to England – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The current advice for anyone currently in the UK remains to stay at home and not to travel abroad unless it is for a permitted exempt reason. The requirements apply equally to visitors from other states and British Nationals, and we will be expected to deny boarding, if passengers are not in receipt of a
qualifying negative test. Border Force will also conduct further checks upon arrival. If a passenger arrives in England after 04:00 on the 18 th January without a pre-departure negative test result you could be fined £500.
If you test positive for COVID-19 while abroad, you should not travel and should follow the local relevant guidance on self-isolation. This is in addition to the mandatory completion of a passenger locator form and includes those
travelling from a Travel Corridor country. This extra layer of protection is in addition to all existing self-isolation requirements. We expect these measures to be in place until the end of the current lockdown, although we have been advised that a review will take place before the end of that period.
Please use the links below for the very latest information and all criteria for essential travel/border requirements across all our destinations:
Northern Ireland restrictions: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations
Scotland lockdown: Scotland in lockdown – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION TO ENTER THE UK
The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
PASSENGER LOCATION FORMS -To protect your health and others’, everyone must complete an online passenger locator form before arrival in the United Kingdom.
QUARANTINE – You may be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Check the exempt countries list immediately before you travel as this list can change at short notice. If you are required to self-isolate, you may be able to shorten the self-isolation period by opting into a test to release scheme, depending on which part of the UK you are in. For further information and a
list of providers please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for international-travel
Failure to comply with the above measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. Please visit www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the UK.
FACE COVERINGS – It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK. Full details of all criteria for essential travel/border requirements across all our destinations can be found using the links above:
CROSS CHANNEL FERRIES – IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHILST ON BOARD WITH US
Social distancing protocols are in place across all our routes and we need to draw your attention to the guidelines when travelling on our ships. Please ensure your customers are aware of this prior to arriving at the port and we ask that all passengers respect these rules whilst traveling with us ensuring
the comfort and safety of everyone on board.
For the safety of both customers and crew and in line with government advice, it is now a requirement to wear a facial covering while in our public spaces on board, unless eating or drinking. This is a mandatory regulation for all passengers and they must wear a face mask or covering whilst travelling.
Thank you for your continued support and patience. In the meantime, if we can be of any further assistance then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thursday January 14th 2021
Introduction of mandatory COVID test to enter England
The UK Government has announced that all passengers arriving in England from Friday 15 January at 04:00 am will be required to present a negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours of travel. You can read the official announcement here.
We are waiting for further details and confirmation of these requirements. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any more information or answer any detailed questions at this stage. We will update our information as soon as we receive more details.
Please note that a negative COVID test continues to be mandatory for entry into France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Other mandatory requirements continue to be in place for all countries including forms. Please check our essential travel information here.
Friday January 8th 2021
The latest test requirements for travellers entering the UK can be seen here – https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jan/08/arrivals-to-uk-will-need-to-show-a-negative-covid-test-before-entry