All foreign drivers coming from Italy, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Bahrein, Iran, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the Bela Krajina region (Slovenia), except for drivers in transit, will be put in a compulsory 14-day quarantine in Croatia. Foreign drivers are warned at borders that they can turn back to avoid the quarantine.
There is long waiting time at borders.
There are partial Serbia-Croatia border closures (see Serbia).
There are no limitations to transit at the border crossings when using green lanes, as defined by the European Commission communication. Green lanes are open for both transit (in convoys of 50 trucks) and the unloading of trucks in Croatia.
With regards to the paper documents, Croatia is following the European Commission communication on the implementation of green lanes in order to demonstrate their flexibility.
Convoys are formed on the Slovenian border crossings with Austria and Italy. For goods in transit, they continue driving in convoy across the Croatian border but still within the country, up until the border of the next destination country.
There is no convoy for goods delivered inside Croatia.
Croatia has reported a temporary and limited relaxation in the enforcement rules regarding driving and rest times for drivers of vehicles engaged in goods transport. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. It applies to those drivers involved in the domestic and international freight transport of essential items, in particular those related to the distribution of food, animal feed, fuel, the transport of raw materials, medicines and medical equipment, the distribution of equipment to hospitals and other public institutions.
Start date: 18.03.2020
End date: 16.04.2020
Foreign nationals coming for countries identified as particularly at risk will be put in a compulsory 14-day quarantine or will be required to get into a 14-day self-imposed isolation.
Border crossing points will remain open for freight transport (including transit).
Temperature of drivers will be checked and they will be asked to wear masks, medical gloves, and have antiseptic gel for hands sanitation.
Closure of borders for foreigners (effective 15 March) for 14 days, with prolongation if necessary.
The entry restrictions will not apply to the following: – vehicle drivers on international roads; – crew members of aircrafts, ships/boats and international railway trains; – members of official delegations; – persons with diplomatic, service or ordinary private visas that were issued in connection with the death of a close relative.
Temporarily restrictions apply to any movements through road, rail, pedestrian, rivers, and combined border-crossing points, including the overland section at the Russia-Belarus border. This decision is effective from 30 March 2020.
The above restrictions do not apply to truck drivers engaged in international road transport of goods.
The Russian Federation is temporarily restricting the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons, from 18 March 00:00 to 1 May 00:00.
All flights to France and Germany, and from France and Germany to Romania, are suspended for a period of 14 days. This measure does not apply to flights by state aircraft, freight and mail, humanitarian or emergency medical services, and authorised non-commercial technical flights. This measure entered into force on 25 March 2020 at 23:00 (Romanian time).
Transport of goods is still running but with delays. The Romanian Ministry of Transport publishes daily information regarding the situation at border crossing points on its website.
When entering the country, for the protection of their families, drivers of freight vehicles with maximum permitted weight of more than 2.4 tones have the option to choose for quarantine/isolation, for a maximum 14-day period between journeys. Drivers of goods vehicles over 3.5t have the obligation, at the border crossing point, to have on them and to wear individual means of protection, such as disinfectant, gloves, and face mask and to present documents attesting the route of travel to the destination.
All persons travelling to Romania from countries with at least 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be placed under either quarantine or self-isolation.
Special flights are chartered for the transport of goods.
All train movements coming from abroad will be temporarily suspended.
Borders remain open to the flow of goods. Truck drivers operating international road freight will not have to comply with the two week quarantine period. Truck drivers entering Poland have to complete specific forms. On 24 March, Polish Authorities amended the rules on mandatory quarantine: drivers engaged in international road transport operations using vehicles below 3.5 tonnes are not any longer subject to quarantine.
National bus, air, and rail transport will operate normally.
Foreigners will not be allowed to enter Polish national territory.
Airports and ports are shut from March 16, although exemptions will be made for Norwegians returning from abroad as well as for goods.
Normally border crossings for trucks on the Norwegian-Swedish and Norwegian-Finnish border are quick and efficient compared to most other countries. There has been no substantial change to this pattern since the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. The exception is the Norwegian-Russian border which is currently closed.
Truck drivers can work, but must follow the quarantine rules when he/she is not working (in addition to all other measures to prevent infection). The Norwegian Public Roads Administration also grants, from 13 March and for 30 days, temporary derogations from the rules relating to driving and rest times for the transport of food, medicine, and other essential goods for stores and pharmacies.
Borders are shut down for incoming non-resident travelers. All Norwegian citizens and other people who work or live in Norway are still allowed to enter the country. Norwegian quarantine provisions: these has been no changes – everyone who enters the country must be in quarantine for 2 weeks, except for truck drivers who come by car and for truck drivers who come to work. Truck drivers can work, but must follow the quarantine rules when he/she is not working (in addition to all other measures to prevent infection).
All flights from Istanbul to Skopje with Pegasus Airlines have been cancelled between 22.03.2020 and 02.04.2020.
No restriction for freight transport
Foreign nationals coming from high- and medium-risk countries (according to the World Health Organisation list) are prohibited from entering the Republic of North Macedonia
Good transport is still allowed. However, foreigners are banned to arrive in the country, unless they are ensuring necessary deliveries of goods to Lithuania.
The number of local passengers on intercity buses and trains is restricted to maintain the necessary distances between passengers.
Foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter the country by any means of transport, unless they work and permanently live in Lithuania
No extra restrictions
Temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland, and Wales. It has also introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of GB drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland, and Wales.
There is greater flexibility provided to the train operators. The government wants to make sure the railway can continue to react quickly to changing circumstances and play its part in serving the national interest.
In the direction of the border crossing points, lorries over 3.5 tonnes are prohibited from overtaking.
Exceptions to this prohibition are vehicles used in:
a) The carriage of perishable goods, at least half the volume of the cargo space of a vehicle or combination of vehicles.
b) The transport of live animals.
c) Carriage of fuel intended for petrol stations.
d) Carriage of postal items.
e) The transport of medical and biological material, medicines and material for their manufacture.
There is a critical situation on the CZ/SK borders due to drivers taking the 45 min. rest in the right lane blocking the access to the border crossing. Drivers are asked to take the rest elsewhere or to postpone it. International freight transport is exempt from the restriction. However, only major border crossings with Austria (Dolní Dvořiště, České Velenice, Hatě Mikulov) and Germany (Strážný, Pomezí n.O., Rozvadov, Folmava, Žel. Ruda, Krásný Les, H.Sv. Šebestiána) will remain open.
Foreigners coming from high risk countries (unless permanent residents) are temporarily banned to enter the national territory. High risk countries are: Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Belgium, Austria, China, and South Korea.
Will be updated soon!
The 27 March, the closure of border crossing points with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Austria to freight vehicles over 7.5 tonnes created bottlenecks and resulted in traffic jams at the Hungarian border; the situation is now slowly getting back to normal.
All border crossings are now open, including the border crossing point Brodske – Breclav between Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Slovakian truck drivers returning to Slovakia are only exempt from the quarantine regulations if they are performing an international transport, and provided they remain at home during the time spent in Slovakia. Any Slovakian drivers returning to Slovakia by car must quarantine for 14 days, as per the current regulations.
Foreign drivers performing international freight operations, to and from Slovakia, are also exempt from the quarantine regulations.
Measures shall not apply to truck drivers operating international road freight transport. Transit operations through the country should not extend 12 hours from the moment the truck entered the territory of the Republic of Serbia.
The decree temporarily bans the entry of people coming from areas with intensive transmission of the disease (epidemics hotbeds).
Goods vehicles whose final destination is Slovenia and goods vehicles carrying postal items, medical equipment, pharmaceutical products, or humanitarian aid are permitted to enter the country.
Slovenian-Italian borders are closed for passenger transport by train and international occasional and regular bus services.
Slovenia has notified the European Commission that it will apply (from 16 March to 16 April 2020) a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers of vehicles transporting essential goods. It will apply to drivers involved in the delivery of goods in domestic and international transport. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Art. 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.
On 14 March, the authorities of Slovenia and neighbouring countries agreed to create convoys of passenger and freight vehicles to solve the issue of long queues of vehicles blocked at borders. Agreements have been made with the authorities of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine. Since 14 March, 71 freight convoys (Italy-Croatia and Italy-Hungary) have been organised. Each convoy has to obtain permission before the start of its journey.
At national level, the transport of goods is allowed for postal items, medical supplies, and humanitarian aid.
Slovenian-Italian borders are also closed for passenger transport by train and international occasional and regular bus services.
No restrictions apply to the carriage of goods.
Form for all freight carriers (including foreigners transiting through Latvia), by which the person “undertakes not to visit publicly available spaces”. Parkings and refueling stations are not concerned by these measures.
Restriction on passenger transport through airports, ports, by bus, and by rail.
Seatruck Ferries temporarily stop shipping any HGV drivers or any other passenger in their Irish Sea vessels. Accompanied road transport (complete truck combinations with driver) is then stopped until further notice, but the company will continue to carry unaccompanied semi-trailers, containers, and swap bodies.
People flying to Italy are subject to temperature screening at Italy’s major airports, and the country has suspended flights from China and Taiwan. Milan-Linate airport is closed since 13 March.
It is recommended that road freight transport and logistics companies check with their customers/clients based in Italy to verify whether their activity is among those included in Annex 1 and whether they can, therefore, continue working. The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has signed a decree extending the suspension of the current traffic ban for HGVs with a maximum total mass exceeding 7.5 tonnes on extra-urban roads for the next two Sundays, on 29 March and 5 April 2020. Note that for vehicles performing international transport, the suspension of traffic restrictions is to be maintained until further notice.
Road freight transport is not affected by the measures but health checks at borders are reported and drivers have to fill a certificate in some cases.
People cannot use public or private means of transport to reach a different municipality from the one they are currently in, with the exception of work or health reasons or in cases of extreme urgency.
Closed internal & external borders
Road freight transport drivers are to undergo a medical examination. In the case of transit traffic, the person has to leave the territory of Hungary in the shortest possible time and on the designated transit route. Must wear a face mask and rubber gloves when travelling in Hungary. As of 28 March 2020 the official quarantine (for a period of fourteen days after crossing the border) for the Hungarian truck drivers not showing symptoms of COVID-19, if the destination is Hungary, is no more applicable.
Hungary has closed its internal and external borders for passenger transport operations with effect from 00:00 17 March. Hungarian citizens and close relatives travelling with them (including those not resident in Hungary) will still be allowed to enter the country.
Most international flights to/from Greek airports have been temporarily cancelled.
Ferry routes to/from Italy operate normally for the movement of goods.
Drivers must present an attestation form from their employer, as well as passport/ID, and the CMR, in order to prove transport activity while on the Greek territory.
At the Customs office of Evzoni (BCP Greece-North Macedonia) truck movement restrictions are enforced every day from 22:00-06:00.
Trucks carrying ethyl alcohol, perishable goods, and medical supplies are exempt from the provision.
Temporary relaxation of EU Regulation No. 561/2006 or AETR. Valid from 19.03.2020 until 18.04.20 (inclusive):
– Art. 6(1): replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours.
– Art. 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours.
– Art. 7: replacement of the minimum daily break requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours.
– Art. 8(1): reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours.
– Art. 8(6): postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six 24-hour periods.
On 31 March, the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport decided to suspend traffic bans on the movement of trucks from 16 April until 21 April and from 30 April until 3 May.
Foreign citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Greek citizens returning to Greece from abroad must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
Freight and goods traffic will continue as usual.
The restrictions apply to movements to and from the Uusimaa region and will remain in force until 19 April 2020. Goods and freight transport services should continue as usual, but delays are expected due to the restrictions on movements. There are some 30 crossing points to and from Uusimaa, but no Green Lanes for trucks have been put in place yet.
On 26 March 2020, the Government issued a decree on extending the driving times and shortening the rest periods of drivers of buses and heavy goods vehicles due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On 2 April, the Finnish Government issued a decree with the aim to ensure continuity of dangerous goods transport operations.
Current exceptional circumstances may make it impossible to provide training and tests related to professional qualifications in the transport of dangerous goods, or scheduled and interim inspections of tanks, or vehicle inspections for the carriage of dangerous goods. Therefore, the validity of licences, approvals, and certificates which will expire in the near future can, on an exceptional basis, be further extended in 2020.
The exemption would be applied to road transport from 27 March to 25 April 2020, allowing a shortening of the daily rest period of drivers to 9 hours and weekly rest period to 24 hours. The Government also proposes that the required minimum rest period of 45 minutes be allowed to be more freely split into periods of 15 and 30 minutes within a period of four and a half hours.
Inbound passenger transport operations are suspended, except for citizens and residents returning to Finland. Finnish citizens and residents must not travel abroad.
International freight is exempt
Only citizens of Estonia and holders of Estonian residency permits (or rights of residence) can enter Estonia, as well as foreign citizens with family members living in the country. There are no restrictions for exiting the country.
Major airlines have closed or changed flight schedules. The movement of goods to and from Denmark is considerably reduced.
International transport of goods (including transit) by road should be carried out by the defined border crossing points: Frøslev, Sæd or Kruså. The Kruså border crossing point is not accessible to vehicles over 3.5 tons.
All channels of freight transport by road, sea, and rail will be kept open without any other control than the normal customs/passport controls on random basis. However, international freight transport (including transit) by road should be operated through the following border crossing points: Frøslev, Sæd or Kruså.
The temporary exemption for drivers’ weekly rest has been extended and will, therefore, apply until 11 April (included).
The exemption only concerns national transport. All channels of freight transport by road, sea, and rail will be kept open without any other control than the normal customs/passport controls on random basis. However, international freight transport (including transit) by road should be operated through the following border crossing points: Frøslev, Sæd or Kruså.
Danish borders will be closed for entry into Denmark unless a reasonable purpose can be demonstrated.
No restrictions, apart from sanitary checks.
All drivers performing transit of goods through Belarus are obligated to use only approved national roads and parks in specified areas to rest, have meals or refuel, according to the list of roads and specified parking areas approved by the Decree. Transit drivers are obligated to leave the territory of Belarus by the shortest route possible, by no later than the day after the entry into the territory of Belarus, unless it is impossible to comply with the specified period due to a vehicle accident/breakdown, unloading or transshipment cargo, vehicle replacement, or if it is provided for within the terms of the contract of carriage and indicated in the transport documents.
Tirana airport suspends all flights to and from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary.
The border crossing Blato and Shepchishte-Trebishte (Debar) is completely closed for any kind of traffic.
Goods transport will be allowed, subject to medical checks for drivers.
International and domestic passenger transport is forbidden.
In a new order, from 00:00 on 20 March 2020 until 17 April 2020, the Minister of Health has temporarily prohibited entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria of all third country (non-EU) nationals through all border crossing points by all means of transport. Transport personnel engaged in the transport of goods are excluded from the scope of this order.
The entry into the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria is prohibited to all third country (non-EU) nationals through all border crossing points by all means of transport. Transport personnel engaged in the transport of goods are excluded from the scope of this order.
Entry by road on the Swiss territory from Italy, France, Germany, and Austria is limited to Swiss citizens, Swiss residents, and people entering for professional reasons. Only major border crossings are open for movements of persons.
International freight transport is not affected by these measures, and all border crossing points are open for freight movements. Green lanes are also in place at some border crossings for import, export, and transit of medical products, foodstuff, fuel supplies, and post.
Entry on the Swiss territory from Italy, France, Germany, and Austria is limited to Swiss citizens, Swiss residents, and people entering for professional reasons.
Freight transport activities within, to and from Sweden are not impacted by these measures.
Since March 16, the Swedish Transport Agency has granted a temporary tolerance for the application of the rules on driving and rest times for freight transport operations. Valid 30 days and applicable to all types of transport as long as it does not affect road safety.
Direct flights from Italy to Spain have been banned until March 25. Airports, ports, warehouses, and carriers remain open and operational.
International freight transport is also guaranteed, but transport of life essential goods could be prioritised.
Airports, ports, warehouses and carriers remain open and operational.
Extension of the daily driving time from 9-10 hours twice per week, as long as the daily and weekly breaks are complied with. A 45-hour regular weekly rest and one 24-hour reduced weekly rest can be taken in a two-week period without the need to compensate the latter.
In light of uncertainties over procedures and controls being done on road transport operations and until further clarification is provided, ASTIC encourages drivers to have onboard a certificate signed by the sender or the consignee that states that goods being carried are essential, in accordance to the annex of Royal Decree 10/2020. Drivers are also advised to have onboard the declaration of liability, signed by the company, contained in the annex of Ordinance 307/2020.
The regular weekly rest can be taken in the cabin, provided that it is properly equipped to do so.
National transportation is substantially reduced for passenger transport, but freight transport is not affected by the measures.
Borders are closed for movement of persons. Spanish citizens, Spanish residents, cross-border commuters, and anyone justifying a case of force majeure are exempted.
Air traffic from Italy and China is interrupted.
No impact on international road transport. However, only the main border posts with Spain will remain open: Quintanilha, Tui, Vilar Formoso, Elvas, Castro Marim, Vila Verde de Raia (Chaves), Monfortinho (Castelo Branco), Marvão (Portalegre), and Vila Verde de Ficalho (Beja).
Dock workers in the port of Lisbon have filed strike notices with immediate effect until April 13. Social movement also at the port of Setubal until March 30.
Road transport of goods is only allowed for the supply of supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations.
Suspension of flights from “risk countries” – including mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.
Drivers are recommended to take personal protection materials such as masks and gloves with them.
To guarantee the flow of supplies, especially those destined for the supermarkets and pharmacies, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management has extended the relaxation on driving and rest times until 1 June 2020.
The same conditions continue to apply for the following:
· Maximum daily driving time of 11 hours
· Maximum weekly driving time of 60 hours
· Maximum fortnightly driving limit of 96 hours
· Postponement of a weekly rest period from six to seven 24-hour periods.
Freight transport is exempted from the movement restrictions.
A crew of two drivers in the cabin is allowed in France (but not a crew of three), as long as the minimum distance of 1 meter is respected.
Moreover, the following temporary measures apply:
Daily driving times extended to 10 hours a day. Drivers can also choose to drive for 11 hours a day for a maximum of two days during a week.
Extension of weekly driving times to 60 hours a week and 102 hours on two consecutive weeks, provided such extensions respect legal provisions on driving and rest times applicable to drivers.
People are allowed to go out only for emergencies, to buy food or for work.
Cross-border transport of goods and traffic by cross-border commuters will still be possible.
“The German federal government has asked the Länder to suspend weekend traffic bans on trucks to alleviate the situation during the crisis. The Länder of Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Lower Saxony have announced the suspension of weekend driving bans for trucks transporting hygiene and long-life food product.
The State of Bavaria has extended the relieve of the driving ban on Sundays and public holidays for all goods vehicles until 19 April 2020.
The State of Hesse has extended the relieve of the driving ban on Sundays and public holidays to all goods vehicles. The relieve applies in Hesse until 30 June 2020.”
Travellers will be prohibited from entering / leaving via some borders in the absence of a valid reason for their journey.
Austria has also ceased its rail transport activities from Italy (measure valid until April 3). This measure does not apply to the transport of goods. Across Austria, the ban on weekend driving for heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tons will be suspended until April 3, 2020 with immediate effect.
Passing through is only permitted if no stops are made. All borders are still open for transports. Actual waiting time for trucks only to Hungary approx 3 hours. Rest is ok at the moment.
Train traffic between Austrian cities is limited and will be nearly closed on march 23rd.
Austrians from Italy are brought home – however, they have to be isolated for two weeks, Passenger traffic by train and plane to Italy will be stopped.
Measures have no consequences for international freight transport and drivers.
Drivers must state the reason for the deviation from the normal limits on the printouts or on the back of the tachograph disc. The Minister of Transport has announced a temporary and full tolerance for the application of driving and rest times for drivers involved in the transportation of food, medicine and other essentials for life to stores and pharmacies.