Covid – 19
Coronavirus (Covid 19) is causing a lot of worry and uncertainty for everyone during these strange and unprecedented times.
General (Information Correct from 13th January 2020)
During lockdown 3.0 the advice from the government is to stay home, please only travel for essential purposes.
We encourage all travellers to check with each operator prior to travelling what their exact advice is for travelling. But in general:
All operators have put in place increased measures of protection across their fleets to help reassure the public it is as safe to travel. Face masks are now MANDATORY onboard all vessels. Upon boarding and disembarking the vessel you will have to answer a few health questions. If you show signs of Covid or start to feel unwell onboard you may not be allowed to enter / leave the country. Social Distancing measures have been put in place (reduced capacity, floor markings, plexiglass screens) as well as increased cleaning and hygiene measures (increased cleaning frequency, increased hand cleaning opportunities, no recirculation for air systems). Where possible you will be asked to pay by card rather then by cash.
Certain routes continue to operate their schedules for playing a critical role in the supply chain and facilitating essential travel. So if you do not see your preferred route yet, please check back again soon.
In the event of any cancelations made through the website, the ferry operator will contact you directly to discuss the available options.
From the team here at Ferry To Europe we would like to thank you for your continuous support during these times.
To ensure the well being of both our guests and staff on board, operators have introduced a route wide face covering policy for passengers. All guests must wear face coverings at check-in, whilst boarding, and during disembarkation. This applies for both foot and car passengers, as well as freight drivers.
The following people are exempt from wearing a mask:
children under the age of 11 years (England, Wales)
children under the age of 13 years (Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland)
children under the age of 5 years (Scotland)
If you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering, anyone for whom wearing or removing a face covering would cause severe distress.
People travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
We also highly encourage our guests to wear face coverings whilst moving around our spacious vessels. Face coverings do not need to be worn when guests are in their cabins, when guests are seated in a socially distanced manner or whilst social distancing on outside decks. There will also be specific announcements broadcast through the ships public address system with advice relating to local government requirements.
Devolved Nations Restrictions
Each country is taking a slightly different approach to to dealing with the global pandemic. So here is a quick summary for each country.
Scotland: It has introduced a five Tier system. Each Tier has it’s own level of restrictions. There is no end date for the tiers currently. https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
England: It has introduced a three Tier system. Each Tier has it’s own level of restrictions. There is no end date for the tiers currently. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know
Wales: Wales is currently following restrictions to curb the spread of Coronavirus. https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance
Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland is currently following restrictions to curb the spread of Coronavirus. https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you
Republic of Ireland: Republic of Ireland is currently under Tier five of coronavirus restrictions. https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/
Meeting With Others Safely
You are allowed in certain circumstances to meet with one other person from out with your household for exercise purposes only. Socialising is not acceptable. (Children under 12 do not count towards the total number).
Many travellers this year will worry about the potential risk of having to quarantine upon arrival back in Britain. With information changing daily, and at very short notice. We encourage all travellers to check the government website for the most up to date information on travel corridors between countries:
Below are links to some of our ferry operators and their advice about travel:
P&O Ferries: https://www.poferries.com/en/coronavirus