Last reviewed 26 February 2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) has thanked the more than 200,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers and crew who have been tested since the new Covid requirements were introduced for hauliers heading to the EU.

“If you get a negative Covid-19 test and a valid Kent Access Permit (KAP) before arriving in Kent,” it went on, “you will be fast tracked to arrive quickly at Eurotunnel or the Port of Dover.”

A guide is available — here — listing the countries which require drivers to have the test and also explaining how to get a free test at one of the 37 test locations set up across the UK.

The latest sites to have opened are located at the following service stations:

  • Birchanger: Old Dunmow Road, Bishops Stortford, CM23 5QZ

  • Baldock: A1(M), 10, Radwell, Baldock, SG7 5TR

  • Cobham: 9/10 M25, Downside, Cobham, KT11 3DB

Urging operators to continue following its advice on testing, the DfT points out that, in the six weeks since the transition period ended, fewer than 5% of hauliers have been turned back from the port.

It also alerts drivers that the French authorities have introduced new rules so that hauliers returning to France within 48 hours of arrival in the UK no longer require a Covid-19 test.

Finally, hauliers from the Republic of Ireland can now rely on a negative test taken in Ireland if the test was carried out within 72 hours of departure from a UK port for France.