From this Thursday, 28th January, the French authorities have indicated that mandatory COVID-19 testing is required for all freight drivers who are travelling to France. Stena Line is not permitted to allow drivers to board unless they have a negative antigen test result, undertaken prior to check-in. Self-testing is NOT allowed, nor is a privately sourced test. Testing has to be undertaken by the statutory authorities at the official locations prior to departure.
If any freight driver arrives in France without a valid negative test certificate, they will not be permitted to enter the country; this will result in them being repatriated to Ireland, with their load. Therefore, Stena Line staff are required to validate all drivers’ negative test results at check-in prior to boarding for our French services.
The Irish Government has set up pre-boarding testing centres for freight drivers close to Dublin Port and Rosslare Europort.
- Dublin Airport’s Blue Long Stay Car Park, signposted from M1 Junction 2 (Airport) and M50 Junction 4 (Ballymun)
- Gorey (Circle K) Motorway Service Area, Wexford, accessible from the M11
Please note these testing facilities are for commercial freight drivers only. Members of the public travelling with Stena Line are not permitted to be tested there.
Requirements for travel passengers have also changed. All travel passengers, that are not commercial truck drivers, need to present a valid negative result from a PCR test, that has been undertaken 72 hours prior to departure.
Drivers will also need to carry with them a signed “declaration of honour” form for the French authorities, confirming that he/she has no COVID-19 symptoms and that he/she has not been a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.
This form will be available here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation...
The completed “declaration of honour” form must also be shown before boarding and to French authorities if requested upon disembarkation.