Last reviewed 19 January 2021

Drivers of vans and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have been warned that several EU Member States have introduced Covid-19 testing requirements for hauliers with the rules being different in each country.

As of 19 January 2021, drivers need a negative test result before they travel to Denmark, France and the Netherlands.

The information regarding Denmark can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/denmark/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19, that for France at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements#travel-between-the-uk-and-france and for the Netherlands, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19.

HGV drivers and crew as well as van or other light goods vehicle (LGV) drivers can obtain a free Covid-19 test at one of the haulier advice sites listed at www.gov.uk/guidance/haulier-advice-site-locations#find-your-nearest-haulier-advice-site.

“We strongly advise drivers and crew to get a negative test before they travel to Kent or other Channel crossing points,” the Department for Transport (DfT) said. “HGV drivers using Dover and Eurotunnel will get fast-tracked past queues if they get tested, and have a valid Kent Access Permit, before arriving in Kent.”

Testing is available at Manston Airport and Ashford Sevington in Kent, but there is a chance of severe delays so drivers are strongly advised to get tested at an advice site before they enter Kent.

Dangerous goods

Drivers of HGVs carrying certain types of dangerous goods must get tested for Covid-19 before arriving in Kent. The terms of use at Manston Airport and Ashford Sevington prohibit the following loads:

Drivers of HGVs carrying any of these goods will be refused access to these sites and therefore must get tested for Covid-19 at alternative sites before arriving in Kent.

“If you are not sure whether your load falls into one of these categories of dangerous goods,” the DfT said, “confirm with your company or consignor before departing from the depot.”