Foreign truck drivers who spend less than 48 hours in the UK will NOT have to take a Covid test

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Truck drivers who spend less than 48 hours in the UK will NOT have to take a Covid test before being allowed to enter France, as rules are relaxed from TONIGHT in an effort to speed up cross-border travel.

  • Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement today
  • Currently, heavy truck drivers traveling to France are required to take a Covid-19 test
  • But from 11 p.m., those who have been in the UK for less than 48 hours won’t have to

Rules requiring truck drivers to take a Covid test before being allowed to leave the UK and enter France are to be relaxed from tonight.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the measure, which added a layer of bureaucracy to cross-Channel travel, was being removed for drivers who spent less than 48 hours in the UK.

It will come into effect from 11 p.m. tonight.

Currently, truck drivers traveling to France from the UK are required to take a Covid-19 test before arriving at departure ports, such as Dover or the Eurotunnel.

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Mr Shapps tweeted: ‘I have accepted more flexibility in testing for carriers traveling from UK to France.

“ As of 11 p.m. tonight, trucks returning to France from the UK after spending less than 48 hours in the UK will NO LONGER need a coronavirus test. ”

Currently, truck drivers traveling to France from the UK are required to take a Covid-19 test before arriving at departure ports, such as Dover or the Eurotunnel.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the measure, which added a layer of bureaucracy to cross-Channel travel, was being removed for drivers who spent less than 48 hours in the UK.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the measure, which added a layer of bureaucracy to cross-Channel travel, was being removed for drivers who spent less than 48 hours in the UK.

Cross-channel operators will provide drivers with proof of their UK travel time, which can then be shown at check-in for the return trip.

French authorities will also recognize proof of a negative coronavirus test carried out in Ireland if the test was carried out less than 72 hours before leaving the UK for France.

Drivers will still need to test negative if they travel to Denmark, Germany or the Netherlands, or if they travel to France after spending more than 48 hours in the UK, according to the government website.

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Meanwhile, DUP leader Arlene Foster today urged the government to deal with the “breakdown” in the east-west relationship between Ulster and Britain caused by Ireland’s Protocol of North.

On Monday, a debate in Westminster sparked by his party’s e-petition will call on the government to take action to replace this “flawed and deeply damaging” protocol.

The DUP has vowed to reverse the post-Brexit trade mechanism that has disrupted trade from the rest of the UK to Northern Ireland.

Ms Foster said: “There is no question of the public anger at the protocol. The petition has shown it.

“Brussels and London must work for a permanent solution. Temporary measures will not work.

“The protocol is flawed and has broken the east-west strand of the Belfast agreement.”

On Monday, Parliament will debate the e-petition she tabled calling for the triggering of Article 16, which allows the government to bypass protocol and ensure unfettered trade with GB-NI.

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More than 140,000 people signed the petition, the threshold of 100,000 signatures for a debate being exceeded in just over 24 hours.

DUP leader Arlene Foster today urged the government to deal with the

DUP leader Arlene Foster today urged the government to deal with the “split” in East-West relations between Ulster and Britain caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Ms Foster said: “The European Union and the government must recognize that pushing forward the protocol with every Unionist party opposed to it will lead to failure.

“Any deal involving Northern Ireland has always required the consent of all parties. Consensus has been our watchword ”.

The EU decided to trigger Article 16 on vaccine distribution but quickly overturned its decision.

Ms Foster said: “The European Union says that triggering Article 16 was ‘a mistake’, but turning a blind eye to Unionist opposition to this protocol will be another mistake.

“The Prime Minister must work for a permanent solution before the end of the grace periods, when even greater disruption becomes apparent.

“There must be an unfettered trade of GB-NI.”

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