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Eurotunnel Freight Update - Travel UK to France UPDATED

UPDATE AT 15.00 CET

In order to travel from the UK to France, a negative result from a Covid Test taken within in the previous 72 hours is required and evidence will be checked at the Folkestone terminal before departure. This testing requirement also applies to drivers and passengers in commercial vans. Drivers or passengers unable to show a negative test will be refused travel and will have to exit the terminal.

If you have had a negative Covid test within the last 72 hours on the Continent or in the UK, you may use it as long as it is one of the authorized tests.

By British regulation, vehicles under 7.5 tonnes are not allowed to join the M20 queue. They can use the M20 Brock contraflow, but drivers will need a negative test before arriving on the Eurotunnel terminal. You must ensure that this test is authorized by French authorities. Their list is available on https://uk.ambafrance.org/Antigen-tests-authorized-for-entry-to-France-f....

British Health authorities are carrying out tests at Manston Airport but we are told that this site is currently at full capacity and not accessible. A list of private centres where the test can be done is also available on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-...

We understand the difficulty of the situation resulting from this new regulation which Eurotunnel has to apply and confirm that our trains are running with capacity available.


UPDATE AT 11.30 CET

Travelling from UK to France is now possible again.

In order to travel from the UK to France, a negative result from a Covid Lateral Flow Test taken within in the previous 72 hours is required and evidence will be checked at the Folkestone terminal before departure. This testing requirement also applies to drivers and passengers in commercial vans.

Operation Brock is in place on the M20 where tests for all drivers are being carried out by British Health authorities. Drivers tested negative can then reach our terminal. Positive ones will be looked after by British authorities. If positive is confirmed after a second PCR test, they will have to isolate for 10 days in the UK where accomodation will be provided.

Customers who arrive on our terminal without a negative test will be refused carriage.

To reach our Folkestone terminal, all truck drivers must use the M20 and join the queue on the M20 Coast bound where they will be tested.

By British regulation, vehicles under 7.5 tonnes are not allowed to join the M20 queue. They can use the M20 Brock contraflow, but drivers will need a negative test before arriving on the Eurotunnel terminal. The list of tests authorized by French authorities is available on https://uk.ambafrance.org/Antigen-tests-authorized-for-entry-to-France-f....

The M20 Brock and its testing process are now likely to stay active until the flow returns to normal rates. In all eventualities, please follow local police instructions.

First trucks have started to arrive on our terminal at 10:00 CET this morning.

We are happy to be authorised again to welcome you on our trains.


Crossing from UK to France should soon be possible again for freight drivers (expected to be available again from around 07:00 GMT on Wednesday 23 December 2020). A negative result from a Covid Lateral Flow Test taken in the previous 72 hours will be required to enable travel and will be checked on the Folkestone terminal before departure.

Tests for all freight drivers are being organised and will be carried out by British Health authorities near our terminal. Testing will start with trucks already queueing on the M20 and will then be transferred to a location near to our terminal to be confirmed later. These tests can provide a result within a few minutes. Drivers who test positive will be looked after and guided by British authorities. All those with a negative test will be allowed to continue to our terminal. Drivers who are not currently queuing on the M20 “must still not travel to Kent this evening” as stated by the British government. This testing requirement also applies to drivers and passengers in commercial vans.

There will be no testing facility at the Eurotunnel terminal. Drivers who are not be able to show a negative test will be exited from the terminal and refused travel. This new regulation is meant to last until at least 31 December, and could be extended to 6 January, when it will be reviewed by governments.

We will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves.

Eurotunnel Freight

23 December 2020

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