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Ferry services available for people looking to return to the UK & Ireland

(20 March 2020) Industry body, Discover Ferries, reassures passengers trying to return to the UK from destinations across Europe, that there are ferry services still operating.

Emma Batchelor, director of Discover Ferries said, “We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, but we would like to reassure those who are making their way home, that there are passenger ferry services still operating on the Channel, North Sea and Irish Sea. Ferry operators are continuing to work hard to facilitate essential travel for key workers, as well as enable people to return to their homes in the UK. “

Below is a guide to current availability of passenger ferry services*:

Ferry Services Update: Europe to the UK

The majority of ferry operators are continuing to run regular services on most cross-channel routes for the purpose of repatriation and essential travel. To give passengers greater flexibility and peace of mind during the uncertainty caused by Coronavirus (COVID 19), ferry operators are also allowing customers to amend their travel dates without incurring an amendment fee.

Cross-Channel routes in operation:

  • Calais to Dover
    • P&O Ferries – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
    • DFDS – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Dunkerque to Dover
    • DFDS – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Dieppe to Newhaven
    • DFDS – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Channel Islands to Poole
    • Condor Ferries – sailings are operating until 23 March. Click here for more information
  • Saint Malo to Channel Islands
    • Condor Ferries – sailings are operating until 22 March. Click here for more information

North Sea routes to the UK:

  • Hook of Holland to Harwich
    • Stena Line – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Hull to Rotterdam
    • P&O Ferries – sailings are operating to the following schedule here
  • Hull to Zeebrugge
    • P&O Ferries – sailings are operating to the following schedule here

Irish Sea Routes:

  • Dublin to Holyhead
    • Irish Ferries – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Dublin to Holyhead
    • Stena Line – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Dublin to Liverpool (daytime sailings)
    • P&O Ferries – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Rosslare to Pembroke
    • Irish Ferries – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Rosslare to Fishguard
    • Stena Line – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Douglas (Isle of Man) to Heysham/ Liverpool (from 27 March)
    • Isle of Man Steam Packet Company – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Cherbourg to Dublin
    • Irish Ferries – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here
  • Cherbourg to Rosslare
    • Stena Line – sailings are operating to the advertised schedule here


“The safety of passengers and crew is the key priority for our ferry members and in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s recommendations, they have introduced a series of measures designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19 including additional sanitisation measures and advisory notices” added Mrs Batchelor. “It is therefore important that everyone, including passengers, take responsibility for following government advice on self-protection, including regular hand washing with soap and warm water, as well as using and discarding tissues in which coughs and sneezes have been caught. It is also important that people experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus do not travel at this time.”

Further details and advice are available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/