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UK Government Update - Freight Exemption Removed for Denmark Arrivals

Freight exemption removed so UK haulage drivers arriving from Denmark are now required to self-isolate on entry to England.

The government has tonight extended measures to prevent the potential spread of a variant strain of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The government yesterday implemented immigration powers which meant all non-British national or resident travellers who had been in or through Denmark in the last 14 days will now be denied entry upon arrival.

Non-UK resident HGV drivers have now been added to those restrictions, while all passenger vessels and accompanied freight from Denmark will be halted.

The move follows the release of further information from health authorities in Denmark reporting widespread outbreaks of coronavirus in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus spreading to some local communities.

Denmark was removed from the UK’s travel corridors list list on Friday. Non-British or resident visitors who had come from or through Denmark were banned from arriving in the UK from 4am on Saturday. Anyone who has arrived within the last 2 weeks now needs to self-isolate along with their households for 14 days.

Given the significant unknowns regarding the new mutation of COVID-19 originating in Denmark we have moved quickly to protect our citizens and prevent the spread of the virus to the UK.

The UK government is working closely with international partners to understand the changes in the virus that have been reported in Denmark and we are conducting a programme of further research here in the UK to inform our risk assessments.

British Nationals and residents who are returning from Denmark will be required to show a complete passenger locator form on arrival into the UK. This is critical in being able to track the virus in case of any local outbreaks.

Yesterday the Home Office announced they would step up Border Force presence to ensure that those arriving to the UK from Denmark were compliant with the new restrictions.

The travel ban and expanded self-isolation requirements will be reviewed after 7days.

Gov.uk

  • P&O Ferries : Denmark Travel Restrictions - Freight Drivers Exemptions Removed
  • Eurotunnel Freight : Important information from UK Government Travel from Denmark
  • DFDS DOVER : "Please be advised of an important requirement issued by the Department for Transport (DfT). The move follows the release of further information from health authorities in Denmark reporting widespread outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus spreading to local communities. With effect from Monday 9 November, all non-UK resident freight drivers who have travelled from or through Denmark in the last 14 days can no longer enter the UK. British Nationals and residents who arrive in England after 4am on 6 November after travelling from or through Denmark in the last 14 days (now including freight drivers after previous exemptions were removed) must self-isolate along with their household."
  • DFDS Seaways : "The Covid-19 pandemic continues to provide challenges in the shipping industry, not least for our driver accompanied traffic. Over the weekend UK Government advice has changed, and therefore DFDS would kindly ask for you to complete the attached driver accompanied health declaration for every self-driver you book to ship via DFDS. This declaration is applicable on all routes, with the exception ESB-IMM where UK Govt policy is that no drivers can be accepted into the UK. This form is to be completed in conjunction with any national Government requirements." Health declaration form
09 November 2020

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