Haulier advice

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.


Visit the DfT website, or an advice site at a motorway services or truckstop, for more information. 

New rules for international haulage in 2022

There will be new rules for transporting goods to or through Europe from 2022. These will affect you if you use vans or heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Visit the gov.uk website: Prepare for new rules for transporting goods to or through Europe


Coronavirus (COVID-19) test requirements

You must test negative for coronavirus (COVID-19) before you cross the border into certain countries.

If you arrive in England from abroad, you need to take a COVID-19 test if you are staying for more than 2 days.

Check the rules about COVID-19 testing for hauliers.

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.​

National Highways 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 National Highways 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)