Last reviewed 12 January 2021
Current testing arrangements for hauliers crossing the Channel - where they must have had a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of crossing - are set to continue following a decision by the French Government on 7 January.
The latest development means that hauliers — including drivers and crew of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and van drivers — planning to cross the Channel should get a negative test before travelling to Kent or other Channel Crossing points.
Following the French Government’s original decision to close the border to the UK, which caused the well-publicised problems just before Christmas, it was agreed the arrangements put in place to rectify the situation would be reviewed regularly.
Having met to discuss the situation, the French Government has made the decision to keep current measures in place until further notice.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “After the decision by the French Government back in December, we acted swiftly to find a solution to the border closures, so hauliers could continue to travel and people continued to get their deliveries. Following the French Government’s decision today to extend the current arrangements, I continue to urge all hauliers to get tested before getting to the border, and only travel if they test negative.”
The Government is offering support to businesses to set-up testing facilities at their own premises, he went on, assisting the smooth passage of trucks and goods across the border, as well as setting up testing at information and advice sites (www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations) around the country.
Hauliers are therefore urged to get a negative Covid-19 test before travelling to the border, to help further with avoiding backlogs or traffic management issues.