Truck drivers travelling to Europe over the coming weeks are being urged to check the Covid-19 testing requirements of the specific countries they are travelling to.
Several countries have introduced rules that state drivers must have a recent negative coronavirus test result before crossing their borders.
For example, all hauliers travelling from the UK to the Netherlands by ferry will need to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test. The test must be obtained within 24 hours of boarding the ferry destined for a Dutch port.
HGV drivers are entitled to free testing kits, which are available from one of a number of haulier information sites located around the UK. At these centres, you can find out everything you need to know about being ready to cross the UK border.
You are also able to get a coronavirus test from an authorised private testing facility. Different hauliers will have different arrangements for Covid-19, so make sure you know what is expected of you well in advance of departure.
There are temporary testing facilities at Hull Port and Humberside Airport, however, the advice is to get tested before arriving at a port to avoid delays.
If you are travelling in and out of the UK via the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel and Holyhead and carrying certain types of goods, you will need to attend an inland border facility (IBF). These sites allow customs and document checks to take place away from the port itself. If you have a Green Kent Access Permit, you will not need to visit an IBF.
IBFs are located at Sevington, Ebbsfleet, North Weald Airfield, Birmingham Airport, Ashford Waterbrook, Warrington and Holyhead. For more guidance and to check whether you are required to stop at an IBF, visit the gov.uk website.
All HGV drivers heading to Kent will need to show a negative Covid-19 test result (from within the last 72 hours) and a Kent Access Permit (which is valid for 24 hours).