As of 11.00pm Monday 22 February, COVID testing requirements for hauliers travelling from Europe to the UK via France are changing. The testing requirement still remains in place, however there are two important changes:
- Drivers on a return trip from the EU who spend less than 48 hours in the UK will not require proof of a negative COVID test to cross the border
- French authorities will recognise proof of a negative coronavirus test taken in Ireland if the test was taken less than 72 hours before departure from the UK for France.
Cross-channel operators will give drivers evidence of the time of their trip to the UK. Drivers will need to show this at check-in for the return journey. The precise arrangements will vary between operators and drivers should contact their operator direct if they require more details.
It is important to note that for UK hauliers or those spending more than 48 hours in the UK, the testing requirements are unchanged. Free testing remains available at the Information and Advice sites, details of which can be found on the Gov.uk website.