DfT urges hauliers to get a COVID test BEFORE heading to ports

The UK's Department of Transport has today issued new guidance to hauliers urging them to get tested for COVID-19 before heading to ports in order to allow them to cross the channel. In an email they stated:

We strongly urge HGV drivers travelling to or via France to ensure they have a negative COVID test before heading to ports. Those using Kent ports are now also legally required to have a Kent Access Permit.

  • HGVs leaving England for France can only cross the Channel with evidence of an authorised negative COVID test, that has been conducted within the 72-hour period before their departure. This is mandated by the UK and French governments.

  • 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.

You can get tested before you arrive at a port:

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.

Covid Protocol

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

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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