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The Netherlands have joined France in requiring lorry drivers travelling from the UK to present a negative coronavirus test before entering the country.

Details of the new requirements were published on the Dutch Government’s website yesterday; the change will enter into force next Wednesday.

The statement from the Government of the Netherlands confirms that lorry drivers must also present negative coronavirus tests:

The new requirement also applies to people working in the transport sector, such as lorry drivers, and to ferry and airline crews.

It is worth noting that the conditions are even stricter than those required by France.

The Dutch Government say that people working in the transport sector must present a negative coronavirus test conducted no more than 24 hours prior to boarding an aircraft or ferry. For drivers entering France, tests less than 72-hours-old are accepted.

According to the authorities in the Netherlands, lorry drivers and travellers must provide the following:

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

In addition, 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.

You can find information on testing centres in the UK on our website here.


Photo credit:  Mat Fascione / Geograph UK

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