To be able to travel to or via France, HGV drivers must have proof of an authorised negative COVID test. The test must have been conducted within 72 hours of travelling across the boarder and without proof of a negative test drivers will be turned away.
Drivers can get a test from an independent site or one of the 34 information and advice sites before travelling to ports, the Government has urged the drivers to use these sites.
A Kent Access Permit is legally required for those using Kent ports. HGV drivers arriving in Kent with proof of a negative COVID test and a Kent Access Permit will now be ‘fast tracked’, with quicker access to the port or Eurotunnel terminal.
The DVSA have given us the following information:
You should get tested before you arrive at a port:
- Hauliers also can get an authorised negative COVID test (https://uk.ambafrance.org/List-of-antigen-tests-authorized-for-entry-to-France-from-UK-29434) from a private testing facility (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing
- Testing is also now available at the Information & Advice sites across the country. Testing is being offered at 34 sites today (Friday 8 January), but please check gov.uk for the latest opening hours and information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations.
Remember to get your Kent Access Permit:
Hauliers using the Short Straits (Port of Dover or Eurotunnel) must also use the Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service to:
- apply for a Kent Access Permit
- check you have the paperwork you need to cross the border between Great Britain and the EU via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel
You can be fined £300 if you do not use the service when travelling through Kent ports, or if you provide a fraudulent declaration. Hauliers who arrive at ports without the correct Import and Export documents will be turned away.
Please ensure you are familiar with and following the correct COVID Protocol rules when travelling. Full guidance available here: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-hgv-operators-and-drivers-crossing-an-international-border
If your test result is positive you will need to take a confirmatory PCR COVID test; you will not be able to leave the UK or access any UK port until you have done so or have isolated for 10 days.
You should leave the site immediately and obtain a confirmatory PCR COVID test at one of the NHS Testing Facilities (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test).
You will need to self-isolate until you receive a negative test result, or for 10 days.
Get support and further information
Use our Live Chat Function (https://transport-goods-to-and-from-eu.dft.gov.uk/) or visit one of our Information and Advice sites https://www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations to conduct a free advisory border readiness check today.
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