COVID-19 testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel

How HGV drivers get their COVID-19 test before leaving the UK for France.

- Kent, UK
COVID-19 testing for HGV drivers using the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel

Kent travel update, 28 December 2020

HGV traffic in Kent is moving slowly.

HGV drivers heading to the Port of Dover should get a COVID test at Manston Airport before travelling onto Dover. The postcode for the entrance to Manston Airport is CT12 5BL.

Eurotunnel traffic must continue to go via the M20, where testing is at Junction 8.

HGVs can only cross the Channel with a negative COVID test.


Where to get your COVID-test

If you are already heading to Eurotunnel, you must go to Junction 8 of the M20 and join the queue there.

If you are heading to the Port of Dover, you must go to Manston Airport (entrance CT12 5BL).

To leave England you must undertake a rapid-COVID test. This is mandated by the UK and French governments.

Failure to comply will lead to you being turned away from all ports.

COVID testing is not available at any medical facility in the Kent area. If you visit a medical facility you will be turned away.

You must not leave your vehicle to try and be tested at another site.


At Junction 8 of the M20 and Manston Airport

COVID testing is taking place at Junction 8 of the M20 for HGV drivers heading to Eurotunnel, and at Manston for HGV drivers heading to the Port of Dover.

You must be with, and remain in, your vehicle, unless requested to leave your vehicle by a member of Kent Police or medical staff. Please adhere to social distancing.

Once tested, it will take 40 minutes to get a result.

If your result is negative, you will be directed to your departure point.

If your result is positive, further information will be provided on site and support will be available.

Food and water will be provided for as long as you are waiting.

We are doing everything we can as quickly as possible to help you continue on your journey.

Thank you for your patience.

About the UK Department for Transport

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