Great Britain – changes in cross-border traffic

By | 11 March 2021

From 21.03.2021, drivers leaving the UK will not be able to pass COVID-19 testing at Kent’s Manston Airport.

As announced by the UK Ministry of Transport, the former Manston Airport in Kent will suspend services for trucks from 21.03.2021, and will therefore no longer offer free COVID-19 testing to truck drivers leaving the UK. Trucks leaving the UK via Kent on the M20 towards Dover Ferry Port or Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal will enter special lanes reserved for these vehicles only between exits 8 and 9. Below you will find an image of the planned division of the M20 lanes towards the coast.


The use of alternative routes to the terminals is prohibited and will be penalized.

The change above is due to the fact that France no longer requires testing from truck drivers who have not been in the UK for more than 48 hours.

Drivers who need to test for COVID-19 before boarding the ferry or train should get to one of the other test centers. You can find a list of them at this link. If possible, the test should be performed prior to reaching Kent. Below is a map with test points marked.

Drivers are also reminded again to purchase the necessary Kent Access Permit (KAP) via the website https://www.gov.uk/check-hgv-border prior to entering Kent.

We also would like to inform you that as of 16.03, carriers returning from the UK to the Netherlands who spent less than 48 hours in England will not be required to pass a negative Covid-19 test.