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Coronavirus: updated guidance on transporting goods and travelling to France

08 April 2020/Categories: CILT, Industry News, Active Travel & Travel Planning, Freight Forwarding, Logistics & Supply Chain, Transport Planning, Coronavirus


The French government has announced that they have introduced a new ‘International Attestation’ for travel to France as of 6pm Monday 6th April. All travellers will be required to present this to confirm that their trip meets the criteria for essential travel – this includes goods carriers and cross border workers amongst others.

The measure is not only targeted at curbing potential non-essential travel over the upcoming Easter weekend, but will also apply to drivers carrying freight across the border.

Access the certificates here.

On Tuesday 7th April, Heather Jones, Deputy Director, Border Delivery Group, spoke with French officials to clarify some questions raised. 

The new form announced for use from Monday 6th April (18.00) replaces the former one which was filled by the driver - but the second form: the professional travel waiver certificate (justificatif de déplacement professionnel) still has to be filled in and signed by the employer (i.e. the driver’s manager). 
 
The documents must be carried by the driver and shown if requested by the French Police (PAF).
 
Some additional questions and answers obtained include:
 
How will people travelling get hold of these forms? Do they just print a copy off the web or do the operators have to provide them with one?

Port of Dover now have stocks, as do the ferry operators. Eurotunnel are contacting their customer base. The SE customs agents also have stocks. Normally, as for the previous form, a print out or even a hand written one (rewriting the sentences as the template) is sufficient.
 
Will the PAF hand out blank forms at the border if the people travelling do not have it already? 

Reason for asking is that most of the people who travel with the ferries at the moment have not booked in advance but are "turn-up-and-go" traffic who buy a ticket in the port i.e. they have no prior contact with them before travelling. I'm not sure PAF will be distributing anything... but as mentioned above it can be done by writing on a blank document and there are stocks of them available.
 
For "goods carriers" will all freight drivers have to be stopped to show this document, and would the form be valid for a period of time or do they have to fill this in every time?

No compulsory stop but if they are stopped, then they will have to show the document. And to avoid any problem, the French think it's better to have one (with the correct date) for each crossing.


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