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COVID-19 update: Keeping your business moving

For customers of our freight ferry services

Throughout Europe, countries are still imposing temporary travel restrictions to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and gain control of the situation.

Because of updated travel restrictions announced by the Danish government on Friday January 8th and Norwegian restrictions early January, Pearl Seaways will be laid up and the Oslo – Frederikshavn – Copenhagen route has been temporarily suspended from 10 January.

COVID-19 test requirements in different countries
Several countries have introduced COVID-19 testing requirements for hauliers. The rules are different in each country. Check the rules before you travel and take the necessary action.

Our onboard and shore based crews are subject to strict hygiene measures and our passengers can be secure that we have taken every precaution advised by the World Health Organisation to minimise the spread of Coronavirus / COVID-19 to protect the health of those travelling. The latest information on our ferry services can be found on the respective passenger ferries page.

We continue to service our driver accompanied trailer traffic as well as unaccompanied units and containers on the following routes:

For customers of our logistics services

DFDS’ logistics division will continue serving our customers as today and do our best to mitigate the consequences the situation has on our services. We will continue working with you on ensuring the efficiency of the supply chains to ensure as high delivery standards as possible in this extraordinary situation.

DFDS truck entering terminal

Are you a haulier travelling from the UK?

You need a negative test result before you travel to Denmark and the Netherlands.

You can get a free COVID-19 test at a haulier advice site offering testing if you’re:

  • an HGV driver or crew
  • a van or other light goods vehicle (LGV) driver

Read more here.

Important documents for drivers travelling to France

! In an effort to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 the French medical association has already urged everybody to wear a face mask. However, please be informed that this advice is very likely to become a compulsory requirement in France from 11th May onwards, as France will begin to gradually loosen its lock-down restrictions.

DFDS has an obligation to comply with legislation and hereby recommend that all freight drivers are suitably equipped with face masks at the earliest opportunity to ensure they conform with this directive.

!! With immediate effect the following travel documents are now required for entry or transit through French territory: Health certificate and Exemption certificate.

Each driver entering French territory must have the completed certificate available to present to border control authorities in Dover, which is prior to the DFDS check-in. For your assistance please find a copy of the certificate attached for completion. The forms can also be completed online by following this link:

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Please ensure that your drivers have completed the certificate and ticked the appropriate box required by the French authorities for crossing the border before they arrive at the UK check-in.

Health certificateExemption Certificate (English)Exemption Certificate (French)

Important information to enter the UK

The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  1. To protect your health and others’, everyone must complete an online passenger locator form before arrival in the United Kingdom.
  2. You may be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Check the exempt countries list immediately before you travel as this list can change at short notice. (Freight / transport drivers are exempt from the 14 days isolation)
  3. It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK.

Failure to comply with the above measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. Please visit for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the UK.

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Keep yourself updated

We will continue monitoring the situation and update this site as soon as the situation changes. We recommend that you look at our website regularly for updates.

We will also continue doing our utmost to ensure our customers safe travels and safe and reliable transport of their goods and keep the supply chains operating for the benefit of our customers, and as requested by all governments.

To safeguard the health and well-being of everyone and limit the spread of the virus we are following the advice of WHO as well as national guidelines to protect our customers, partners and staff. The measures include regular washing and disinfection of hands, avoiding personal contact, keeping distance to other people, travel restrictions and other measures.

COVID-19: what measures is DFDS taking?

Check out which special procedures we have implemented on board our vessels, in our offices and in logistics services to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

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