Covid test rules relaxed for lorry trips to France

London, UK: Lorry drivers who spend less than 48 hours in the UK will not have to pass a Covid test before being allowed into France as rules are relaxed in a bid to speed up cross-border travel.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the measure was being waived for drivers who have spent less than 48-hours in the UK.

Shapps tweeted: “I’ve agreed more flexibility in testing for hauliers travelling from the UK to France. From 11pm tonight, lorries returning to France from UK, having spent less than 48hrs in the UK, will no longer require a Coronavirus test.”

It is understood that cross-channel operators will give drivers evidence of the time of their trip to the UK, which can then be shown at check-in for the return journey.

French authorities will also recognise proof of a negative coronavirus test taken in Ireland if the test was carried out less than 72 hours before departure from the UK for France.

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