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NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT NOW REQUIRED FOR TRAVELLING FROM IRELAND TO FRANCE ROUTES

From this Thursday, 28th January, the French authorities have indicated that mandatory COVID-19 testing is required for all freight drivers who are travelling to France. Stena Line is not permitted to allow drivers to board unless they have a negative antigen test result, undertaken prior to check-in. Self-testing is NOT allowed, nor is a privately sourced test.  Testing has to be undertaken by the statutory authorities at the official locations prior to departure.

If any freight driver arrives in France without a valid negative test certificate, they will not be permitted to enter the country; this will result in them being repatriated to Ireland, with their load.

The Irish Government has set up pre-boarding testing centres for freight drivers close to  Dublin Port and Rosslare Europort.

– Dublin Airport’s Blue Long Stay Car Park, signposted from M1 Junction 2 (Airport) and M50 Junction 4 (Ballymun)

– Gorey (Circle K) Motorway Service Area, Wexford, accessible from the M11

 

Please note these testing facilities are for commercial freight drivers only. Members of the public travelling with Stena Line are not permitted to be tested there.

Requirements for travel passengers have also changed. All travel passengers, that are not commercial truck drivers, need to present a valid negative result from a PCR test, that has been undertaken 72 hours prior to departure.

Drivers will also need to carry with them a signed “declaration of honour” form for the French authorities, confirming that he/she has no COVID-19 symptoms and that he/she has not been a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.

This form will be available here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage

The completed “declaration of honour” form must also be shown before boarding and to French authorities if requested upon disembarkation.

 

UK -> Netherlands

As you may be aware, the Dutch Government is introducing mandatory proof of negative Covid-19 testing for drivers arriving in NL from the UK, effective from 00:01 CET Tuesday 19/01/2021.

 

All hauliers travelling by ferry from the UK to Dutch ports will be required to show evidence of a negative rapid antigen test obtained within 24 hours of boarding a service departing for the Netherlands. This means that as long as the ship has been boarded before 19 January then proof of a negative test would not be needed. All sailings where boarding has occurred on or after 19 January will be subject to the new Dutch requirements. No self-testing is allowed.

 

The UK Government is providing Covid-19 testing at many of its HGV info sites. Please press the following link where a full list of the test sites can be found with further details information: Haulier advice site locations – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

For shipments via Killingholme where drivers have not been tested, we recommend using the Doncaster North site on the M18 at J5 or Woodhall Northbound – M1 J30/31. Testing is available from 06:00 to 22:00. 

 

For shipments via Harwich where drivers have not been able to get a test done earlier, we would recommend they use the Orwell River Crossing (Truck Stop) – A14 J57 and J58. Testing is available from 06:00 to 22:00.

 

Drivers will need to produce at check-in and upon request, proof of a signed negative (or “not detected”) test along with the stamp or details of the site testing. This may be digital or paper, and the Dutch authorities will then check drivers have the above on arrival into NL.

 

From UK to France:

 

As of 00.01 Monday 22nd February COVID testing requirements for hauliers travelling from Europe to the UK via France are changing.

 

The testing requirement still remains in place. However there are two important changes to note:

 

  1. Drivers on a return trip from the EU who have spent less than 48 hours in the UK will not require proof of a negative COVID test to cross the border

 

  1. Drivers from the Republic of Ireland using the land bridge can also now rely on a test taken in Ireland, as long as it is administered within 72 hours of departure from a UK port.

 

For VP drivers, the evidence of the time of journey to the UK required by the French authority is the VP hanger given at the French Check-in. 

 

For drivers or those spending more than 48 hours in the UK, the testing requirements remain unchanged:

 

  • present the two forms below to the French authorities duly completed and signed:

 

Travel Certificate to France from the United Kindgom and Sworn statement of absence of Covid-19 symptoms.

 

  • provide evidence of an authorised negative COVID-19 test that has been conducted in the UK within a 72 hours period before the crossing.

 

► UK Government has confirmed that Information and Advice Sites provide free Covid-19 testing for HGV and van drivers across the UK. More info here.

 

From France to UK:

 

  • All drivers and their passengers need to complete a Passenger Locator Form before travel which has been updated. Please ensure that your drivers are in possession of the updated document when they travel.

 

Please note that HGV/van drivers and their passengers (who need to show evidence of being a freight driver) are exempt from providing a negative test result. More information here.

 

Please ensure that your drivers and their passengers are fully aware of these requirements before arriving on our terminals. Failure to provide these will result in the vehicle being refused to travel by the authorities.

 

Corsica: Vanaf donderdag 21/01 zullen vrachtwagenchauffeurs van het vasteland de resultaten moeten kunnen voorleggen van een antigeentest of PCR die maximaal 72 uur vóór de ontscheping op Corsica wordt uitgevoerd. Bij niet-naleving van deze verplichting zullen vanaf vrijdag 22/01 de veiligheidstroepen boetes opleggen.

Corsica: From Thursday 21/01 mainland lorry drivers will be required to present the results of an antigen test or PCR with a maximum of 72 hours old before disembarkation in Corsica. In case of non-compliance with this obligation , the security forces will impose fines from Friday 22/01.

 

 

Information for drivers travelling from Klaipeda to Kiel

Lithuania have been declared as high Covid-19 risk region by German authorities.

To us this means that all travellers, including truck drivers, travelling from Klaipeda to Kiel starting, 26th of January, will need to fill in a digital form which can be found here

Drivers without correctly filled form and proof will be not allowed to board the vessel.

Please note:

Truck drivers whose destination is not in Germany are not required to fill in this form (traveling through Germany in transit)

In the field where you are asked to specify the address where you will be staying just write the address of cargo delivery.

After completing the form you will receive a confirmation to the email address that you specified. Please send this confirmation to us via email to ltde@dfds.com (specify booking number or transport registration numbers in the e-mail)

If driver is traveling through Germany in transit please fill in this guarantee letter (you can find it here) and send it to us via email to ltde@dfds.com

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