LGV and van drivers travelling to or via France must have proof of an authorised negative COVID test, conducted within 72 hours of travelling across the border.

The government has urged drivers to get an authorised test at an independent site, or one of 34 information and advice sites before travelling to ports.

  • LGV and van drivers 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 measure is mandated by the UK and French governments and will stay in place until further notice. Drivers without an authorised negative COVID test taken within the 72-hour period will be turned away

Drivers should get tested before you arrive at a port:

  • LGV and van drivers also can get an authorised negative COVID test from a private testing facility
  • Testing is also now available at the Information & Advice sites across the country. Testing is being offered at about 34 sites, but please check here for the latest opening hours and information.

Full guidance on the Covid Protocol rules when travelling is available here.

Testing Positive

If the test result is positive drivers will need to take a confirmatory PRC COVID test; they will not be able to leave the UK or access any UK port until they have done so or have isolated for 10 days.

In this case, drivers should leave the site immediately and obtain a confirmatory PCR COVID test at one of the NHS Testing Facilities