Suspension of Manston Airport services

From Sunday 21 March, all haulier processing operations, including COVID testing for hauliers, will be suspended at Manston Airport.

If heading to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, you will be directed straight onto to the M20.

Assistant Chief Constable Claire Nix, who is also the chair of the Kent Resilience Forum, said: “Thanks to the hard work of all partners and those EU-bound motorists who have followed the requirements, there have been no significant traffic issues on Kent’s roads since the end of the EU transition period.

“The suspension of services at the former Manston Airport site is the first major step in what we all hope will be an eventual return to business as usual, as it means HGV traffic bound for the Port of Dover will now be able to take a more direct route along the M20 with easier access to the full range of services that will be provided at the Sevington Inland Border Facility.

Free COVID testing for hauliers is still available at one of the many Information and Advice sites. 

Inland Border Facility checks will continue to be processed by Ashford Sevington or one of the other sites across the country.

You are strongly encouraged to get a negative COVID-19 test, to use the Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border service and get a valid Kent Access Permit before arriving in Kent to minimise delays.

Please also follow any traffic management signs.

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