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Stena Line Update - Communication Freight Drivers Testing (Netherlands)

As you may be aware, the Dutch Government is introducing mandatory proof of negative Covid-19 testing for drivers arriving in NL from the UK, effective from 00:01 CET Tuesday 19/01/2021.

All hauliers travelling by ferry from the UK to Dutch ports will be required to show evidence of a negative rapid antigen test obtained within 24 hours of boarding a service departing for the Netherlands. This means that as long as the ship has been boarded before 19 January then proof of a negative test would not be needed. All sailings where boarding has occurred on or after 19 January will be subject to the new Dutch requirements. No self-testing is allowed.

The UK Government is providing Covid-19 testing at many of its HGV info sites. Please press the following link where a full list of the test sites can be found with further details information: Haulier advice site locations - GOV.UK (

For shipments via Killingholme where drivers have not been tested, we recommend using the Doncaster North site on the M18 at J5 or Woodhall Northbound – M1 J30/31. Testing is available from 06:00 to 22:00.

For shipments via Harwich where drivers have not been able to get a test done earlier, we would recommend they use the Orwell River Crossing (Truck Stop) – A14 J57 and J58. Testing is available from 06:00 to 22:00.

Drivers will need to produce at check-in and upon request, proof of a signed negative (or “not detected”) test along with the stamp or details of the site testing. This may be digital or paper, and the Dutch authorities will then check drivers have the above on arrival into NL.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Stena Line

18 January 2021

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