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Lorry drivers were exempt from coronavirus-test requirements in Europe for months. However, since the new COVID-variant appeared, more countries have introduced different requirements for drivers depending on where they are coming from.

Here’s you’ll find a list of countries that require negative coronavirus test results and exemption certificates, as well as any other requirements that apply. We’ve also added information on testing sites.

 Austria

Who needs a test?

Those truck drivers who have been in, or transited through, Tyrol and whose destination is Germany.

Best before:

48 hours

Where can tests be carried out?

 – Tests for drivers travelling towards Germany via Brenner can be performed at 3 locations:

  • in the center of Trento Interporto on the A22 (8 am to 5 pm). To be able to have a test done, drivers need to register by phone (+39 345 9754795 / +39 0461 433480) or by e-mail (covidtest@seaconsulenze.it)
  • at two parking lots in Sterzing: at Sabobre and Top Stop, also on A22.

Update: 23 February 2021 – Tests for drivers travelling to Austria from Italy can also be performed at the Autoparco Brescia Est, near Castenedolo, Italy.

The site is open only on weekdays, from 17:00-19:30.

Update: 24 February 2021

  • Tests can be carried out at the Sadobre service area, in Vipiteno, Italy (Autostrada A22 Brennero-Modena, KM 24, 39040 Campo di Trens BZ, Italy). The test site is open from 5:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week.The test costs 40 euros.

Other requirements:

Drivers don’t need to register online before entering Austria if they can prove they are carrying out goods transportation. The Template of Certificate for International Transport Workers recommended by the EU can be such proof.

Belgium

Who needs a test?

Drivers must have a negative PCR test if they are travelling from a red zone to Belgium.

Exception: if you are not travelling by air, train, bus or boat and will be spending less than 48 hours in Belgium, no PCR test is required

  • All EU and Schengen Area countries have a red colour code, with the exception of:
Country/region Orange Green
Denmark Southern Denmark, Central Jutland, North Jutland, Capital Region of Denmark, Zealand /
Greece All, with the exception of Attica (as of 17/02) and Epirus Epirus
Finland Western-Finland, Southern-Finland, Northern and Eastern Finland, Aland /
France Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion /
Iceland / All
Italy Aosta Valley /
Norway All /
Portugal Autonomous Region of the Azores /

Best before:

72 hours

Where can tests be carried out?

There’s no official information on testing facilities at the border therefore the coronavirus test is recommended to be done beforehand.

Other requirements:

Drivers don’t need to register online before entering the country if they can prove they are carrying out goods transportation. A document such as a bill of lading will be accepted, or the Template of Certificate for International Transport Workers recommended by the EU can also be such proof.

Drivers also must fill in the Passenger Location From before entering the country.

Czech Republic

Who needs a test?

Professional drivers in transit who travel to Germany through the Czech Republic (including German transit and destination traffic) must present a negative antigen or PCR test before entering the Czech Republic.

Best before:

36 hours

Where can tests be carried out?

Tests should be carried out before crossing the Czech border and drivers must have a certificate about the negative test results.

Other requirements

Drivers don’t need to register online before entering the country if they can prove they are carrying out goods transportation. The Template of Certificate for International Transport Workers recommended by the EU can be such proof.

Germany

Who needs a test?

Professional drivers entering from high-risk territories. The updated list of „red” countries can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institue.

When this article was written (19 February) the requirement of a negative covid-test applied to drivers arriving from

  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
  • the federal state of Tyrol, Austria (with the exception of the political district of Lienz (East Tyrol), the municipality of Jungholz, and the Riss valley in the municipality of Vomp and Eben am Achensee)

Best before:

48 hours

Where can tests be carried out?

Tests for drivers travelling towards Germany via Brenner can be performed at 3 locations:

  • in the centre of Trento Interporto on the A22 (8 am to 5 pm). To be able to have a test done, drivers need to register by phone (+39 345 9754795 / +39 0461 433480) or by e-mail (covidtest@seaconsulenze.it)
  • at two parking lots in Sterzing: at Sabobre and Top Stop, also on A22.

Tests for drivers arriving from the Czech Republic can be done at the border stations. However, bear in mind that Czechia also requires Germany-bound drivers to provide a negative covid-test before entering its territory.

Update: 23 February 2021

Tests for drivers travelling towards Germany from Italy can also be performed at the Autoparco Brescia Est, near Castenedolo, Italy.

The site is open only on weekdays, from 17:00-19:30

Update: 24 February 2021

  • Tests can be carried out at the Sadobre service area, in Vipiteno, Italy (Autostrada A22 Brennero-Modena, KM 24, 39040 Campo di Trens BZ, Italy). The test site is open from 5:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week.The test costs 40 euros.

Other requirements:

Lorry drivers are no exempt from the requirement to register their entry to Germany online.

Update 02/03: a cyber attack has temporarily broken the system. Paper forms must be downloaded and used instead. You can download the form here.

Italy

Who needs a test?

Drivers arriving from Tyrol and Germany.

Best before:

48 hours

Where can tests be carried out?

  • In Germany:  at the Inntaler Autohof Raubling, Inntal motorway A 93, exit 57, Reischenhart. The tests are free for the drivers. The station is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

France

Who needs a test?

Professional drivers entering from the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Best before:

48 hours

Where can tests be carried out?

In the UK, drivers can get a free covid-19 rapid test done at 57 Haulier Advice Sites. Most haulier advice sites are open between 6:00 am and 21:30, 7 days a week.

Detailed list of Haulier advice sites:

Baldock Services 24 hours (COVID-19 testing only)
Beaconsfield 6am to 9.30pm
Birchanger Green 24 hours
Burtonwood (Merseyside) 6am to 9.30pm
Cambridge Services 24 hours
(COVID-19 testing only)
Cannock Roadking No testing
Carlisle Stobart Truck Stop 4am to 9.30pm
Charnock Richard Services northbound 6am to 9.30pm
Cherwell Valley 6am to 9.30pm
Clacket Lane eastbound 24 hours
Cobham Services 24 hours
Cullompton 6am to 9.30pm
Doncaster North 6am to 9.30pm
Donington Park 6am to 9.30pm
Ferrybridge Services 6am to 9.30pm
Fleet southbound 6am to 9.30pm
Formula Services (Ellesmere Port) No testing
Hartshead Moor (Huddersfield) 6am to 9.30pm
Heywood Distribution Truck Stop 6am to 9.30pm
Holyhead Truck Stop No testing
Hopwood Park 4am to 9.30pm
Junction 38 Services 6am to 9.30pm
Leicester Forest East northbound 6am to 9.30pm
Leicester Forest East southbound 6am to 9.30pm
Lockerbie Truck Stop No testing
Markham Moor No testing
Membury eastbound 6am to 9.30pm
Orwell Crossing Truck Stop 4am to 9.30pm
Peterborough 4am to 9.30pm
(Busy – you may experience delays)
Pont Abraham No testing
Reading Eastbound 24 hours
Rothwell Truck Stop 6am to 9.30pm
(Busy – you may experience delays)
Rownhams northbound 24 hours
Rugby Stobart Truck Stop 24 hours
(Busy – you may experience delays)
Sandbach northbound 6am to 9.30pm
Sandbach southbound 6am to 9.30pm
South Mimms 24 hours
Stafford northbound 6am to 9.30pm
Strensham northbound 6am to 9.30pm
Strensham southbound 6am to 9.30pm
Sutton Scotney northbound 6am to 9.30pm
Sutton Scotney southbound 6am to 9.30pm
Tamworth Services 6am to 9.30pm
The Stockyard Truckstop Rotherham 6am to 9.30pm, Monday to Friday
(7am to 11am and 4pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday)
Thurrock Services 24 hours
(Busy – you may experience delays)
Truckhaven (Carnforth) 6am to 9.30pm
Watford Gap northbound No testing
Watford Gap southbound 6am to 9.30pm
(Busy – you may experience delays)
Wetherby Services 6am to 9.30pm
Woodall northbound 6am to 9.30pm

In Ireland, the antigen tests are free and can be taken at the following locations:

– Holmestown Civic Amenity Facility, Holmestown Waste Management facility, accessible from the N25 in Holmestown, Wexford

– Gorey (Circle K) Motorway Service Area, Wexford, accessible from the M11

– Dublin Airport’s Blue Long Stay Car Park, signposted from M1 Junction 2 (Airport) and M50 Junction 4 (Ballymun)

A full list of Ireland’s coronavirus testing sites is available here.

Update 22/02/2021:

Lorry drivers travelling to France from the UK who have spent less than 48 hours in the UK no longer need to test negative for coronavirus before travelling.

The change to the rules was announced the on the UK Government website yesterday.

Instead of presenting a negative test result, the drivers who have been in the UK for under 48 hours should give evidence of the time of their trip to the UK. The evidence needs to be provided 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 taken less than 72 hours before departure from the UK for France.

Other requirements:

1, Drivers will also need to carry with them a signed “declaration of honour” form for the French authorities, confirming that he/she has no COVID-19 symptoms and that he/she has not been a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.

A dedicated form for HGV drivers travelling from Ireland or the UK to France is now available in English at: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Deplacement-des-transporteurs-routiers-internationaux . The completed “declaration of honour” form must also be shown to the ferry operator before boarding and to French authorities if requested upon arrival.

Netherlands

Who needs a test?

Drivers travelling to the Netherlands from high-risk countries must provide the following:

  • proof of a negative result from a rapid test (antigen test);
  • a signed negative test declaration form (for those travelling from the UK and South Africa).

The latest details can be found from the authorities here.

The negative test result must be in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Dutch, and contain the following information:

  • Type of test: the test used must be a rapid test (antigen or a LAMP test);
  • Test result: the test result must be negative (or ‘not detected’) for SARS-CoV-2;
  • Passenger’s first and last name as stated in their passport;
  • Date and time of test: for passengers, the test must have been conducted no more than 4 hours prior to boarding the aircraft or ferry. For people working in the transport sector, the test must have been conducted no more than 24 hours prior to boarding the aircraft or ferry;
  • Logo, stamp or details of the doctor or institute that conducted the test.
  • Either a digital or paper copy of the test result may be shown.

All countries are considered to be high-risk country if they are not on the list of low-risk countries.

Best before:

24 hours

Other requirements: no official information available about other requirements.


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