The DVSA has advised HGV drivers travelling via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel, to get a negative COVID test before arriving in Kent.
The DVSA suggests getting tested before or at the start of a journey – a negative COVID test remains valid for entry to France for 72 hours, which should provide plenty of time.
39 Information and Advice sites across the country are offering free testing. 75% of these sites reportedly have very low waiting times and can therefore process a test within the hour.
Sites to avoid
Sites nearer to Kent are said to be busy and drivers may experience delays, so do not wait to reach Kent to get tested.
The following sites should be avoided if possible, as queuing is very likely:
- Cherwell Valley
- Clacket Lane eastbound
- Orwell Crossing truck stop
- Rugby Stobart truck stop
- Thurrock Services
- Watford Gap southbound
An authorised negative COVID test can also be gained from a private testing facility or a driver’s firm may have their own arrangements.
Any driver heading to the EU via Kent must also have a valid Kent Access Permit (KAP). Each permit is valid for 24 hours.