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EU exit

Information for hauliers

Hauliers heading to the EU need to ensure they have the right paperwork. Take a look at the full list.

Before you cross the border into certain countries, you may have to test negative for Covid-19. Check if you need to get a test, and when you should get one at GOV.UK.

Changes to accepted travel documents

From 1 October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can only travel to the UK using a valid passport, unless they have:

  • applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, or have an application pending.
  • or otherwise have protected rights under the Citizens’ Rights Agreements.

Until this date, European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss citizens can currently travel to the UK with a valid passport or a national identity (ID) card.

The change from 1 October means an ID card will no longer be accepted for travel to the UK, unless the exemptions apply.

Anyone travelling to the UK on an invalid travel document is liable to be refused entry at the border.


There are some changes to travel requirements now the UK-EU transition period is over. Although some things may be different, passengers are still be able to book and travel by ferry to and from the UK with ease.

For the latest information on the changes to ferry travel, speak to your operator or more details can be found here.

Please note that there are also temporary travel restrictions in place for passengers travelling to France and Spain, due to coronavirus. You can find the entry requirements information on the Foreign Office’s website using the links below:

If you are travelling with pets, you can find out more about the new rules here.

Customs support

If your business needs help with navigating the potential impact of Brexit on your imports and exports, Portico, based here at the port, has an experienced in-house customs agency. With all the necessary systems in place to make customs declarations, they are here to help with the challenges that lie ahead.

Contact them on,  +44 (0)23 9289 0503 or visit the website.