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Barriej Aug 21st 2020 7:11 pm

Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 
Hi. Fellow forum friends.

​​​​​​I just thought I would post about my recent (18th Aug) trip over.
We have now moved permanently but the below is what happens (and doesn't) when travelling by ferry during these unusual times.

We went from Portsmouth to Santander by Brittany Ferries but I reckon they are all the same.

At Portsmouth there are no Covid checks. No temperature check. No questions. Nothing.

However. You will have to fill in a declaration form before you travel. Portsmouth don't even ask if you have this filled out ready. You should have it printed off from their website. None are available on ship.

On the ferry you are informed that you should stay in your cabin as much as possible. Although you can walk around and go outside but you will need a face mask.
The sailing we were on was very quiet. I think it was less than half full. Only 2 bars open and the 1 restaurant. The snack bar was also open (nice cakes)
At arrival in Santander you are called back to you car buy colour code (sticker on your cabin key). And you will sit there for about 20mins.

A member of staff then comes along and collects your filled in forms and takes your temperature. If you don't have a form or your temp is above 38c you get a red sticker on the windscreen.

To be slightly sarcastic now. I think they were just giving stickers to certain number of vehicles and the man with the temp checker refused to show it to anyone. And he was not wearing a mask.

The people in the car alongside us peeled their sticker off the windscreen.

As we came off the ferry all vehicles with red stickers are shown to a holding area.

There were only UK reg vehicles in this area. I checked all the non UK ones and maybe 60% of the uk ones went through without stickers.

After waiting about 45mins we were ushered into a cabin and had our temp checked again. Mine was 36.8 and the wife's was 36.9 so within the range.

​​​​We were then told we could go.

Its a reasonable system but one that is very easy to circumvent. I bet a few people peeled their stickers off.

EsuriJohn Aug 21st 2020 8:47 pm

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 
Who issues the “form” is it Portsmouth port or Brittany ferries and do you Have a link to the form?

bobd22 Aug 21st 2020 8:54 pm

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 
We are supposed to be sailing back in Sept so will need the form. Brittany Ferries currently moving bookings around as a result of the UK quarantine our return trip in Oct has been cancelled and currently awaiting replacement date. Trip to UK has been altered to santander Plymouth rather than Portsmouth.

Barriej Aug 21st 2020 9:02 pm

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by EsuriJohn (Post 12900173)
Who issues the “form” is it Portsmouth port or Brittany ferries and do you Have a link to the form?

Hi. Don't have a link but it's on Brittany Ferries Web site.
It's only applicable for UK to Spain. If the other way you have to fill in the UK government's one.

Barriej Aug 21st 2020 9:04 pm

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by bobd22 (Post 12900176)
We are supposed to be sailing back in Sept so will need the form. Brittany Ferries currently moving bookings around as a result of the UK quarantine our return trip in Oct has been cancelled and currently awaiting replacement date. Trip to UK has been altered to santander Plymouth rather than Portsmouth.

Its a pain. We should have been on Portsmouth to Bilbao but that's no longer running.
It's all down to reduced numbers because of the uk imposing quarantine on return.

bobd22 Aug 21st 2020 9:13 pm

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by Barriej (Post 12900181)
Its a pain. We should have been on Portsmouth to Bilbao but that's no longer running.
It's all down to reduced numbers because of the uk imposing quarantine on return.

Yes mind they must be taking a huge hit with all this. I had a trip back in May which was totally cancelled. The upcoming trip is a replacement, we need to get back to hopefully get our UK house which is stood empty sorted out and on the rental market. Hopefully we will get back and sorted out. Here's a link to fill that form out online although you can only do it no more than 48 before travelling. https://visas-immigration.service.go...r-locator-form
Sorry yes this is for entering UK from Spain

Moses2013 Aug 21st 2020 9:16 pm

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by Barriej (Post 12900181)
Its a pain. We should have been on Portsmouth to Bilbao but that's no longer running.
It's all down to reduced numbers because of the uk imposing quarantine on return.

From what I've heard, it seems to be a lot easier from Ireland. Will hopefully be going October but France route. The Spain route seems too long and unfortunately the Pont Aven isn't used on that route.

EsuriJohn Aug 21st 2020 9:21 pm

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by Moses2013 (Post 12900188)
From what I've heard, it seems to be a lot easier from Ireland. Will hopefully be going October but France route. The Spain route seems too long and unfortunately the Pont Aven isn't used on that route.

PA sails from Plymouth to Santander every Sunday at 17.15 we are booked for the 6th September.

Moses2013 Aug 21st 2020 10:08 pm

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by EsuriJohn (Post 12900189)
PA sails from Plymouth to Santander every Sunday at 17.15 we are booked for the 6th September.

In Ireland they only seem to use the PA for the France route from Cork to Roscoff and ironically Irish Ferries then stops using the new W.B. Yeats to France from October but uses it between UK:zzz:. Unfortunately the Spain route is too long for us and the route to Bilbao is with the economie ferry. Hopefully this will change but I'll just be glad if we make it this year.

missile Aug 21st 2020 11:37 pm

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by EsuriJohn (Post 12900189)
PA sails from Plymouth to Santander every Sunday at 17.15 we are booked for the 6th September.

We are booked to sail on Sunday 30th August

gill556 Aug 22nd 2020 8:57 am

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by EsuriJohn (Post 12900189)
PA sails from Plymouth to Santander every Sunday at 17.15 we are booked for the 6th September.

my daughter and partner will be on this one tomorrow along with their motorhome. x

EsuriJohn Aug 22nd 2020 9:40 am

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by gill556 (Post 12900399)
my daughter and partner will be on this one tomorrow along with their motorhome. x

Have they found the 2 page form on the BF site and filled it in to avoid the delay leaving the border in Santander?

missile Aug 22nd 2020 10:22 am

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Here is a link to the form > https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/s...%A9s_barco.pdf

SanNico Aug 24th 2020 9:17 am

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 
I was under the impression you had to get a QR code when entering Spain from any other country. I've had to do it on my last 2 trips. https://www.spth.gob.es/faq?tab=1

bobd22 Aug 24th 2020 9:25 am

Re: Travelling to Spain by Ferry. Some information for you
 

Originally Posted by SanNico (Post 12901098)
I was under the impression you had to get a QR code when entering Spain from any other country. I've had to do it on my last 2 trips. https://www.spth.gob.es/faq?tab=1

Brittany Ferries site gives you the printable version on their site to print off complete and hand in. There is an online one that gives a QR code but that reads for flying? Not sure the difference it makes? However as Brittany ferries shows printable one for entering spain I will use that one to avoid confusion.


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