Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
10:19 AM 27th December 2020

Update: COVID-19 Testing For HGV Drivers Using The Port Of Dover Or Eurotunnel

Further information from the government as to how HGV drivers get their COVID-19 test before leaving the UK for France.

Do not travel to Kent

HGV drivers should not travel to Kent until further notice.

Although congestion has eased, there are still long queues.

The government will let you know as soon as the situation changes.

HGVs can only cross the Channel with a negative COVID test.

Please check for alternative routes. Please follow @KentHighways and Highways England for the latest traffic updates before travelling to Kent.

Where to get your COVID-test

COVID-19 testing has started for HGV drivers already in Kent.

If you are already heading to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel you must go to Junction 8 of the M20 and join the queue there.

To leave England you must undertake a rapid-COVID test. This is mandated by the UK and French governments.

Failure to comply will lead to you being turned away from all ports.

COVID testing is not available at any medical facility in the Kent area. If you visit a medical facility you will be turned away.

You must not leave your vehicle to try and be tested at another site.

At Junction 8 of the M20

COVID testing is taking place at Junction 8 of the M20. You must be with, and remain in, your vehicle, unless requested to leave your vehicle by a member of Kent Police or medical staff. Please adhere to social distancing.

Once tested, it will take 40 minutes to get a result.

If your result is negative, you will be directed to your departure point.

If your result is positive, further information will be provided on site and support will be available.

Food and water will be provided for as long as you are waiting.

We are doing everything we can as quickly as possible to help you continue on your journey.

Thank you for your patience.