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P&O Ferries Update - Covid Tests into the UK

The UK government has announced that from 6 April, all drivers arriving in England from abroad will need to take a COVID-19 test if they are staying in the UK for more than 2 days.

They need to take the first test within the first 2 days, then further tests every 3 days. This will apply to drivers and crews of HGVs and drivers of vans and other light goods vehicles. It applies to both UK-based and non-UK drivers.


You will need to take at least 3 tests, if you will be staying in England for 10 days or longer.

You must take the first test within 2 days of your arrival. The day of your arrival is counted as day 0. You must take the second test 3 days after your first test and the third test 3 days after your second test. So if your first test is on day one, your second test will be on day 4 and your third test on day 7.

The date and time of your arrival will be collected and recorded in the Passenger Locator Form, which you are required to complete for every journey into the UK.

If you do not have proof of a negative COVID-19 test, you could be fined £2,000.


You do not need to take a test if you will be in England for 2 days or less. You do not need to take a test if you arrive in England from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man - known as the Common Travel Area (CTA). You must have only been in the CTA or the UK in the 10 days before arrival. If you have been outside the CTA in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must take the tests.

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29 March 2021

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