Circle K Gorey facilitate the State who are providing Free mandatory COVID testing for any commercial driver traveling from Ireland to France.
Commercial vehicle drivers travelling from Ireland to France must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test from 28 January 2021. Transport officials in Ireland have been advised by the French authorities that this will apply to drivers travelling on any ferry sailing from Ireland to France. All commercial vehicle drivers entering France from Ireland must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test to carry out their journey. Proof of a negative test result will be required to board ferries and to enter France.
Circle K Service area in Gorey are facilitating a State-supported antigen testing facility so hauliers can be tested before they travel. The service area located on the M11 at Gorey is 60K from Rosslare Port. The service area is open 24/7 and provides a full range of services for drivers. Unfortunately, due to an oversite by the Department of Transport and the Health Service Executive canteen areas are off-limits to Professional Drivers. While a full range of food is available at the site, however, you cannot sit down and eat it, you have to take it outside.
Minister of State with special responsibility for International Road Transport and Logistics at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD, said: “I am urging all hauliers who are travelling to France to allow adequate time for pre-departure COVID-19 tests to take place. Pre-booking an early COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure will allow flexibility in the unfortunate event that a driver receives a positive result and will also prevent any unnecessary delays at testing centres.”
Free COVID-19 antigen tests for commercial drivers will be made available at dedicated testing facilities near the ports of Dublin and Rosslare. Tests will only be provided to hauliers who are travelling to France or other countries where a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry.
The Department are working with Wexford County Council to add an additional site for Rosslare bound traffic on the N25, the site could be located at Holmestown. It is intended that this site will open for testing soon. However, we do not know until we receive further confirmation what other service facilities will be available or the operating hours.
All commercial vehicle drivers will be required to have a negative COVID-19 antigen (from a list of French approved tests) or PCR test result obtained less than 72 hours before embarking on their ferry journey to France.
Drivers encouraged to pre-book their free antigen test at https://rocdochealthcheck.ie/get-tested.html as early as possible and to bring proof of their ferry booking to these sites when attending for a COVID-19 test, along with a form of photo identification and their digital tachograph card.
The Post Code for Circle K Service area is Y25 V8F8
Proof of the negative test result (pdf) must be shown to the ferry operator before boarding and to French authorities if requested upon disembarkation. If a driver attempts to board a ferry to France without evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result, he/she will be denied boarding. If drivers somehow board a ferry to France without a check, they will be denied entry to France and turned back.
Drivers undertaking a COVID-19 antigen test at one of the sites on the day of their ferry departure should pre-book their test and allow plenty of time.