France re-open border but drivers must have negative test results

France has lifted the ban on people entering from the UK, at the moment it is only for French nationals or people with French residency and hauliers. The Netherlands and Belgium have also relaxed the bans. 50 other countries are still blocking entry to travellers from the UK.

The army will help workers from the NHS carry out testing of the people waiting to enter France, anyone with a positive test must quarantine for 10 in the UK.

More than 1500 trucks have been stranded in the UK since the ban came into place n Sunday, it could take 2-3 days to get the traffic moving normally.

The European Commission issued a statement yesterday saying lorry drivers within the European Union should be exempt from any travel ban and from testing and quarantine requirements at a border crossing. Drivers may be subjected to a test but only if this does not cause serious disruptions in the logistics chain,. The Dutch association GroentenFruit Huis supports the recommendations of the European Commission and advocates free transport of fresh products, the use of Green Lanes and good facility facilities for drivers. GroentenFruit Huis has been talking to the government and the European umbrella organization FreshFel for some time about the introduction of so-called Green Lanes, whereby transport of fruit and vegetables with the necessary certificates is given priority for import into the United Kingdom.

With the new conditions for the reopening of the border, France has partially ignored the recommendations of the European Commission. The negative test policy for truck drivers is not necessary for the Netherlands-UK crossing, TLN reports on its site.

In England itself, panic buying continued yesterday at many supermarkets. This time, the customers left the toilet rolls untouched and bell peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, oranges and spinach disappeared en masse in the shopping carts. British Tesco has put a limit on sales in its stores in response to some products.


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