The Department for Transport has issued new guidelines for hauliers driving from the UK to the EU.

Drivers are being advised to check before travelling as more European counties have introduced new Covid testing requirements.

Holland is one of the countries to have changed the rules on entry overnight. Those travelling to the Netherlands by ferry are now required to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test. Tests must be obtained within 24 hours of boarding a service that is heading to a Dutch port. 

As mentioned before on the Trucking website, there are a number of places to go prior to departure. Drivers can get a free test, as well as information, at 35 information and advice sites across the country.

However, the government has warned that testing capacity is limited at some locations. 

Hauliers are also reminded that they can also get an authorised coronavirus test from a private testing facility. Paul Scully, minister for small business, suggested that companies consider testing hauliers on their own premises.

“The Department of Health and Social Care will provide testing kits free of charge until the end of March,” he said. “It will also support in establishing testing facilities.”

Those drivers heading to Hull, Immingham and Killingholme ports have been catered to. Interim testing facilities have been set up at Hull’s port and also Humberside Airport.

The message is to get get tested before you arrive at the port if you want to avoid delays.