COVID-19 update: Keeping your business moving
For customers of our freight ferry services
Throughout Europe, some countries are still imposing temporary travel restrictions to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
The most recent changes include:
- The UK has added 15 new countries and territories to its quarantine-free travel list: Read more
- The EU Digital COVID Certificate is now being used across Europe (EUDCC).
- The EU has added the US among others to a list which recommends countries that may be able to travel to the continent.
- Germany has lifted travel restrictions for visitors from UK and Portugal.
COVID-19 test requirements in different countries
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:
- Amsterdam-Newcastle (see Important information to enter the UK below)
- Karlshamn-Klaipeda (For accompanied trailer it is mandatory to fill in the form for QR-codes before check in. Ships mail is not accepted on unaccompanied units)
- Dover-Dunkirk (see Important documents for drivers travelling to France below)
- Dieppe-Newhaven (see Important documents for drivers travelling to France below)
- Brevik-Immingham (see Important information to enter the UK below)
- Gothenburg-Immingham (see Important information to enter the UK below)
- Esbjerg-Immingham (As of November 8th 2020 accompanied freight will no longer be able to dock at English ports. This means that, until further notice, only unaccompanied traffic is allowed on this route)
- Rotterdam (Vlaardingen)-Immingham (see Important information to enter the UK below)
- Rotterdam (Vlaardingen)-Felixstowe (see Important information to enter the UK below)
- Yalova/Turkey-Sète (As of September 14, 2020 all drivers boarding our vessels in Yalova Port are required to declare a negative COVID-19 PCR test )
- Yalova/Turkey-Trieste (As of September 14, 2020 all drivers boarding our vessels in Yalova Port are required to declare a negative COVID-19 PCR test )
- Yalova/Turkey-Bari (As of September 14, 2020 all drivers boarding our vessels in Yalova Port are required to declare a negative COVID-19 PCR test )
- Pendik/Turkey-Trieste (As of September 14, 2020 all drivers boarding our vessels in Pendik Port are required to declare a negative COVID-19 PCR test )
- Mersin-Trieste (As of September 14, 2020 all drivers boarding our vessels in Mersin International Port are required to declare a negative COVID-19 PCR test )
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.
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: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement-couvre-feu
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.
Important information to enter the UK
The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
- To protect your health and others’, everyone must complete an online passenger locator form before arrival in the United Kingdom.
- 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)
- 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 www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the UK.
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.