Advice for Hauliers travelling to France

The UK Government is strongly urging HGV drivers travelling to or via France to ensure they have a negative COVID test before heading to ports.

Also, those using Kent ports are now also legally required to have a Kent Access Permit.

  • HGVs leaving England for France can only cross the Channel with evidence of an authorised negative COVID test, that has been conducted within the 72-hour period before their departure. This is mandated by the UK and French governments.
  • HGV drivers arriving in Kent with proof of a negative Covid test and a Kent Access Permit will now be ‘fast tracked’, with quicker access to the port or Eurotunnel terminal.

You can get tested before you arrive at a port: 

 Remember to get your Kent Access Permit: 

Hauliers using the Short Straits (Port of Dover or Eurotunnel) must also use the Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service to:

  • apply for a Kent Access Permit
  • check you have the paperwork you need to cross the border between Great Britain and the EU via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel

You can be fined £300 if you do not use the service when travelling through Kent ports, or if you provide a fraudulent declaration.

Covid Protocol

Please ensure you are familiar with and following the correct Covid Protocol rules when travelling.  Full guidance available here:

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