All carriers traveling to France from Ireland will need to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test from Thursday.
The development follows a decision by the French government.
As a result, the Irish government has said the testing protocol will apply to drivers traveling on any ferry leaving Ireland for France after 11 p.m. tomorrow.
“The Department of Transport, together with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Wexford County Council, is working intensively to finalize the opening of state-supported antigen testing facilities for carriers,” the department said in a statement.
“These tests will be made available free of charge at dedicated test sites near the ports of Dublin and Rosslare. ”
The department added that drivers also have the option to get tested at the country’s many private facilities once they meet French requirements.
However, they will have to pay for the tests themselves.
“The Department of Transportation is in close liaison with the transportation industry and the marine sector regarding the introduction of these new testing requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles,” the department said.
“The Department will issue directives directly to representative transport organizations and ferry operators, as well as to all approved international carriers.
The volume of cargo transiting between Ireland and mainland Europe on direct ferry routes to and from France has increased significantly since January 1, with carriers avoiding the UK land bridge due to new customs controls and other post-Brexit controls.