Passengers travelling to Republic of Ireland
With effect from Saturday 16 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have evidence (email, text or document) of a negative result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Ireland. Passengers are required to present evidence of a negative result at point of boarding and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence. Passengers may be subject to prosecution, resulting in fines of up to €2,500, six months in prison or both, if they arrive in Ireland without evidence of a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test or a valid exemption. Immigration officers will be checking passengers on arrival to Ireland.
There are limited exemptions to this requirement which includes essential supply chain workers who hold an Annex 3 Certificate, aviation and maritime crew, drivers of heavy goods vehicles, An Garda Síochána and children aged 6 and under. In addition if a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey. Passengers are also advised that they should follow the public health advice in place for international arrivals in addition to adhering to local restrictions in place. Further information in relation to this requirement along with the associated public health advice can be found here.
Passengers travelling to the United Kingdom
All passengers aged 11 and over arriving into the UK from Holland are required to have evidence (email, text or document) of a negative result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival into the United Kingdom. This pre-travel test is not required for passengers arriving from the Common Travel Area (CTA) which includes the Republic of Ireland. The test must be of a diagnostic-standard test such as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and could, in some cases, include LAMP and lateral flow tests within set limits. Fines starting at £500 can be levied for non-compliant passengers. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england.
For passengers travelling from Holland we provide the following suggestions for test centers close to Hoek van Holland which meet the requirements:
• coronasneltestwestland.nl (site in Dutch)
• hethuisartslab.com (site in Dutch)
Passengers from Holland should also complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to travel. Passengers from the CTA do not have to complete the locator form.
Passengers travelling to Holland
Your planned crossing may be impacted by the latest changes regarding travel restrictions imposed by the Dutch Government. You will only be allowed entry to the Netherlands if you are on the exemption list.
If refused entry it is the customer’s responsibility to cover their own cost of travel back to their original departure point.
To enter the Netherlands, passengers must provide:
• Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result which cannot be older than 72 hours prior to arrival time in combination with proof of a negative rapid test (antigen) which is conducted no more than 4 hours prior to boarding time OR
proof of a negative LAMP test which cannot be older than 4 hours prior to departure time. Click here for details on the requirement. Please note: Other tests, such as NHS test are not valid.
• A paper copy of a completed Negative Test Declaration COVID-19 form.
If you cannot show the negative COVID-19 test result(s), you will not be allowed to board.
Failure to comply with the above measures is a criminal offence and may result in a fine.
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Travellers must self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands.
There is a curfew across the Netherlands until 10 February. This means that everyone must stay inside between 20.30 and 04.30 hrs.
Passengers travelling to France
Following the French Government’s nightly curfew announcement, all passengers arriving into France are required to carry an exemption certificate to confirm their reason for travel during curfew hours. The form can be completed online or printed here. The exemption certificate must be carried with you at all times and presented to authorities upon their request. Failure to comply may result in a €135 fine.
Further information on the curfew and exemption certificate can be found at https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19.
French Authorities have also directed that all passengers aged 11 and over entering France will need to present printed evidence of a negative result from a privately undertaken (not NHS) pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival. A COVID-19 Declaration Form must also be completed. Failure to comply will likely result in you being denied entry into France.
Passengers from non-EU countries must self-isolate for seven days once arrived in France, then take a second virological screening test (RT- PCR) at the end of the seven day period.
Passengers also have to complete a ‘sworn statement’ form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, as well as a signed ‘travel certificate’, confirming their reason for travel. These can be found on the French government’s website.
Advice for all passengers
You can choose to amend your booking online. Read more on how to amend your booking here.
For the most up to date Government advice on travel please visit https://bit.ly/2LJmOWe if you’re in the UK and https://bit.ly/34tFwbb if you’re in Ireland.