Submitted by Madeleine on Mon, 15/03/2021 - 14:56
The Coronavirus pandemic has completely transformed the way in which we all operate on a day-to-day basis. One of the changes that is currently affecting Hauliers is the requirement for them to have a negative covid test in order to travel from the UK into the EU.
We know that having to do this in addition to remembering all of the new customs procedures may be inconvenient. It can add additional stress if you get your test either too early or too late. We want to make sure that you know exactly when you need to get your Covid test in order to travel as stress-free as possible.
It is requested that any Hauliers that are going to be travelling outside of the UK and entering EU territory receive a Coronavirus test prior to arriving at the border. This is to ensure that you have a negative Covid test before you arrive at the port of departure.
If you are planning on travelling to the port of Dover or Folkestone terminal, it is recommended that you try to get tested prior to arriving in Kent.
There are a large number of Coronavirus Haulier Testing Sites throughout the UK, which you can find on this map of Haulier Advice Sites with Free Coronavirus Testing Facilities. The majority of these testing sites are open between 6am-9pm seven days a week meaning that planning your time is critical in order to ensure that you are able to get your test if travelling at off-peak times.
Since January, we know that there have been a lot of changes to the way in which trade is conducted. It is vital that you are continually aware of what you need to do and the advice that you must follow in order to continue to allow for the smooth movement of trade and reduce the effect of new procedures on the supply chain.
Making sure that you know what’s going on is important to us. Keep a close eye on our blog for more haulier related updates.