Hauliers going to France urged to pre-book antigen check
The government urges shippers traveling to France starting tomorrow to pre-book antigen tests prior to travel as France requires a negative Covid-19 test to arrive in the country.
After tonight, all commercial drivers coming to France from Ireland are required to submit a negative test result.
Tomorrow, new, special test facilities are to be opened at Dublin Airport in the blue long-term car park and near Gorey (Circle K M11 Services) in Co Wexford.
The test will be an antigen test, the results of which are expected within an hour, and it is free for drivers.
Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan said it was important for hauliers to factor the time it takes to be tested in this country and get their results in their trips to Dublin Port or Rosslare.
“The freight forwarders and the entire transport and logistics sector have worked tirelessly to ensure the continued movement of essential supply chains throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and against the challenge of Brexit,” said Ryan.
“I am now encouraging all carriers to familiarize themselves with the new testing requirements that will come into effect for travel to France.”
The tests are carried out by the Irish healthcare company RocDoc. A third center is expected to open in Holmestown outside of Wexford town in the coming days.
Drivers can now pre-order a test at www.rocdochealthcheck.ie/get-tested.
You should bring proof of your ferry booking to the test locations, as only commercial drivers to France are treated there. You should also bring photo ID and your digital tachograph card.
Drivers must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test performed within 72 hours of their journey to the ferry companies before boarding and again to the French authorities when disembarking.
The Ministry of Transport announced tonight that the test facilities will be checked daily “to ensure the balance between demand and provision of the service”.
Drivers are also required to carry a signed Declaration of Honor form from the French authorities stating that they have no Covid-19 symptoms and that they have not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
You can find the form here.