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From 4am Monday 19 July, you do not need to isolate in your cab on arrival in England or take further tests after your day 2 test, if you have:

  • been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, and
  • have not been in a red list country or France in the 10 days before you arrive in England

Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England.

You will need to:

  • declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form
  • show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier, e.g. ferry operator, when you travel

Read about how you can use the NHS COVID Pass to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status.

France – important information

The amber list rules for fully UK vaccinated people does not apply to France. If you have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the standard amber list rules for hauliers.

This means you are subject to a day 2 test and further test every 3 days. You are also required to isolate in your cab whilst working in England. You can find further guidance on the exemptions here.

Change to restrictions on entering Germany

Hauliers travelling to Germany from the UK only require a COVID-19 test if they will be in Germany for longer than 72 hours.

If you plan to be in Germany for longer than 72 hours, before you travel you must have either:

  • proof of a negative COVID-19 test
  • proof of vaccination or recovery

Read about entry and quarantine requirements for Germany.

You can get a free coronavirus test at most haulier advice sites.

Hauliers should also continue to Check FCDO travel advice for any country you’re planning to enter.

COVID-19 safer practice rules for international hauliers

Read about the rules that you need to follow on safer practice for:

  • isolating in your cab
  • sleeping and breaks
  • entering and exiting the vehicle

loading and unloading

From 6 April, all hauliers entering England from abroad (except those arriving from the Common Travel Area, including Ireland) and staying longer than 2 days must take a coronavirus test. New guidance has been set out under the Bespoke testing regime for exempt international arrivals

Please click for the latest legislation setting out new requirements for English arrivals from countries outside the common travel area to possess valid notification of a negative coronavirus test on arrival.

You must take a test within two days of arrival and every 3 days thereafter. This is to reduce the risk of new COVID variants entering and spreading in the UK.

You must take the test before you leave the UK. You’ll need to show proof of a negative test at the UK and EU border, as well as to the carrier. Your test result can be provided as:

  • a printed document
  • an email or text message you can show on your phone – make sure your device is charged

Free testing continues to be available at our Information and Advice sites, or from workplace and community testing centres and home testing kits.

Find out more on when and where to get tested.

Details of sites for HGV drivers to obtain free Covid-19 tests and check their documents to transport goods to the EU.

With an aim of getting HGV and light goods vehicle Drivers a negative test result before reaching our ports, the government have now provided free Covid testing sites at 23 of their 46 existing advice site locations. These site locations are located at motorway service stations and truck stops. To find your nearest testing site please see below link:

France has removed its requirement for a negative test before entering from the UK. You will still require a negative test when travelling to some countries and are strongly encouraged to check the entry requirements of the countries you plan to travel to and get tested. Hauliers travelling to Denmark, Germany, and Netherlands require a negative test before departing from the UK

Details around testing vary from country to country. Click for further details

Full details of all new requirements can be found on GOV.UK

In addition, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published a list of private sector (non-NHS) providers who have declared that they meet the government’s minimum standard for test to release for international travel, see below link to private test providers meeting this standard:

List of private providers of coronavirus testing – GOV.UK (


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