Travelling to the Continent via Kent ports
Hauliers and other commercial drivers crossing the Channel need documentation and may require a negative Covid test for some countries.
Get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you’re an HGV or van driver
You must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test before you leave the UK for some countries – check which countries require them and how to get a free test on the gov.uk website.
COVID-19 testing for hauliers after entering England
From April 6, hauliers arriving in England from abroad will need to take a COVID-19 test if they are staying for more than 2 days. They need to take the first test within the first 2 days, then further tests every 3 days.
This will apply to drivers and crews of HGVs and drivers of vans and other light goods vehicles. It applies to both UK-based and non-UK hauliers. Find out more on the gov.uk website.
Prepare for queues
Hauliers coming to Kent ports should be border ready and prepared for queues. This includes having food, full drinking water tanks or bottled water, blankets, and any essential medication on board.
Highways England will implement Operation Brock if traffic begins to build in the east of the county and ask that lorry drivers:
check conditions before setting out
follow signs and signals on the roads
follow queuing instructions.
Visit Highways England's webpages for information on Operation Brock and it's current status.
There are welfare facilities for heavy goods drivers at government-managed Inland Border sites across the county. There are also dedicated lorry parks at the following Kent locations and we encourage HGV drivers to make use of these facilities to purchase food and water:
Maidstone Services (M20 J8)
Medway Services (M2 between J4 and J5)
Stop 24 – Channel Ports Truck Stop – M20 J11 (post code CT21 4BL)
Ashford International Truck Stop – Waterbrook Avenue, Ashford (post code TN24 0GB)
Dover Truck Park – Menzies Road, Port Zone, Whitfield. Dover (post code CT16 2HQ)