Last reviewed 21 July 2021
The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued details of changes to haulier testing requirements for fully vaccinated UK hauliers returning from amber list countries.
With effect from Monday 19 July drivers do not need to isolate in their cab on arrival in England, or to take further tests after their day 2 test, if they have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme and have not been in a red list country (or France) in the 10 days before they arrive in England.
“Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England,” the DfT explains.
Drivers will need to declare that they have been fully vaccinated on their passenger locator form and show proof of their vaccination status to their carrier, such as a ferry operator, when they travel.
Details of how to use the NHS Covid Pass to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination status can be found — here.
Foreign travel advice for individual countries is available — here.
The amber list rules for fully UK vaccinated people do not apply to France. Drivers who have been in France in the 10 days before they arrive in England must follow the standard amber list rules for hauliers available — here.
This means they are subject to a day 2 test and further tests every three days. They are also required to isolate in their cab whilst working in England.
Details of exemptions can be found — here.
Hauliers travelling to Germany from the UK only require a Covid-19 test if they will be in Germany for longer than 72 hours. In this case, before they travel, they must have either proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination or recovery.
Further details are available — here.
Safer practice rules for international hauliers
Rules that drivers need to follow on safer practice for: isolating in the cab; sleeping and breaks; entering and exiting the vehicle; and loading and unloading can be found — here.