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:
- Testing is now available at some EU Transition Information & Advice sites across the motorway network with more going live in the coming days. Find your nearest site: 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
Please ensure that you enter the registration number on the plate on the front of the driver compartment, and not the trailer. You can be fined £300 if you do not use the service when travelling through Kent ports, or if you provide a fraudulent declaration.
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-borderBack