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President Macron eases border rules - Covid tests dropped for some UK drivers

UK hauliers have been required to prove they have tested negative since the border with France reopened in December, forcing them to take a Covid-19 test before arriving at outbound ports such as Dover or the Eurotunnel.

Now, it appears the French have changed their position, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announcing the changes to the border rules on Twitter. The new rules means drivers returning to France from the UK on a round-trip who have spent less than 48 hours in the UK do not need to test negative for coronavirus before travelling.

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. Apparently, 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.

But hauliers will still need to test negative if they are travelling to Denmark, Germany or the Netherlands, or are going to France after spending longer than 48 hours in the UK, according to the Government website. Drivers that need a negative test to travel are told then can get tested privately, if it is bought by an authorised test provider, or via a free haulier advice site.


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