The Department for Transport has established testing sites around the country for HGV drivers wanting to travel to the continent.
A government network of testing and advice sites provides information for lorry drivers following France's demand that travellers from the UK have a negative COVID test carried out within 72 hours before departure.
The French Government took the emergency action after a new strain of the virus, which is thought to be around 70% more transmissible, was identified in the UK.
Before Christmas, France even imposed a temporary travel ban on passengers and freight handlers, which saw thousands of vehicles parked up on the M20 and Manston Airport.
A mass testing regime swung into action and managed to clear the queues, particularly around the Port of Dover.
There are now almost 50 HGV advice sites, where drivers can:
- find out about the rules and documents needed to move goods between the UK and EU
- complete a free border readiness check to ensure they have the correct documentation to cross the EU border
- get help using the Check an HGV is ready to cross the border service
- HGV drivers can also use the free live webchat function to complete a border readiness check between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.