The Estonian ferry company Tallinkha established the connection from Paldiskia Sassnitzche for the transport of goods between the Baltic States and Western Europe.
People returning or arriving from foreign countries have 14 days of isolation, with the exception of drivers working for Lithuanian companies, for whom isolation is mandatory from the day of arrival in Lithuania until the day of departure from its territory, but no more than 14 days. Foreign carriers with goods vehicles in transit through Lithuania are allowed. Drivers of international transport are required to mark the stops that took place during the journey in a free format document, indicating their purpose and duration.
With the Military Ordinance no. 7/2020 it was decided that drivers who do not show symptoms COVID-19 must fill in, under their own responsibility, a declaration in which they report the place where they can be contacted during the period between two transports. They are not subject to home isolation/quarantine measures provided that the employer guarantees PPE materials. When entering Romania they must present a work certificate signed by the employer.
Transit: Drivers have to leave the country within 48 hours, only the designated corridors can be used, a form has to be filled in at the entrance and returned when leaving the country. If you exceed 48 hours of stay, quarantine is mandatory.
Trucks in transit may only stop at designated stopping points marked with a TRANSIT sign. Drivers will receive a map of the designated stopping points at border crossings. Stopping outside these specific points is strictly prohibited. Drivers must wear protective masks and gloves.
The European Union has published a list with the transport measures per country, including both EU and non EU states: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/coronavirus-response_en
All heavy goods vehicles in transit may only circulate with an escort. Foreign HGVs with origin/destination in Bulgaria must be escorted by the police. The “Zlatograd-Thermes” border with Greece has been closed.
Transit is permitted in convoys only. For vehicles from Italy/Austria the convoys will already be formed in Slovenia.
Restrictions are extended until 13 May 2020.
Non-Hungarian drivers with loading/unloading location in Hungary without symptoms of Covid-19 infection may enter and are no longer subject to the 14-day quarantine period. The country must be left within 14 hours of the first loading or unloading. This 24 hour period cannot be extended by further loading or unloading.
The measures to counter the spread of the Covid-19 emergency have been extended until 13 April 2020.
Hauliers in transit must inform the police of their destination. The Slovenian police will only form and start the convoys after receiving the OK from the police in the country of destination.
The ban on the circulation of heavy goods vehicles at weekends (from Saturday 15.00 to Sunday 22.00) will be suspended until 19 April 2020 inclusive.
Only drivers who do not have covid-19 symptoms will be allowed to enter Estonia. At the borders travel documents will be examined, medical examinations will be carried out and a self-certification form will be required. All travellers from areas with a high incidence of the virus are required to remain in self isolation for two weeks.
The driving bans for trucks on Easter Sunday 12 April and Friday 1 May have been suspended.
The borders are closed for travelers entering Kosovo, with the exception of Kosovo citizens. Intercity transport in Kosovo and international road transport are suspended until further notice.
International transport is allowed only through 49 of the 219 Ukrainian border crossing points. The list of open border crossing points can be found at the following link: https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/TIMCHASOVI-OBMEZHENNYA-NA-KORDONI-opivnochi-v-Ukrainu-pripinyayut-puskati-inozemciv-ta-zakrivayut-blizko-sotni-punktiv-propusku-/
From March 30th to April 9th Spain closes all non-essential production adopting the same measures as Italy before. Important: the transportation sector is not directly affected, which means that transport from and to Spain are still possible. However, it becomes crucial to ensure upfront the possibility of loading/unloading activities with Spanish clients/consignees. At the same time Spain has temporarily adapted restrictions on driving and rest times for truck drivers (not applicable to ADR transports):
- Daily limit increased from 9 to 11 hrs
- Weekly limits increased from 56 to 60 hrs
- Max. driving time within 2 weeks increased from 90 to 96 hrs
- Daily rest of 45 min after 5 hrs 30 min
- Daily rest decreased from 11 to 9 hrs
All transit bans for trucks over 7,5 ton are temporarily suspended until 20 April 2020.
All transit bans for trucks over 7,5 ton are temporarily suspended. Despite the fact that restrictions do not apply to international transportation of goods, the country keeps operative only specific border crossings for cargo:
Austrian border: Dolní Dvořiště, České Velenice, Hatě Mikulov)
German border: Strážný, Pomezí n.O., Rozvadov, Folmava, Žel. Ruda, Krásný Les, S.S.S. Šebestiána
International road transports in transit through the territory of Belarus must be carried out exclusively on national motorways, on which it is possible to make a stop for rest and for refuelling. Drivers are obliged to leave Belarus on the shortest route not later than one day after the day of entry. Exceptions are applicable only in case of special circumstances, such as accidents (truck damage), unloading activities, transhipment).
The Polish Ministry of Transport has now specified that also Polish drivers who are employed by foreign companies can spend their weekly rest in Poland without being subject to a 14-day quarantine.
From 28 March to 19 April 2020, the Uusimaa (Helsinki) region is closed. Freight traffic is still allowed, but queues at entrances and exits are provided for checks (no green lane has been established). Until 25 April 2020, the daily rest period for drivers may be reduced to 9 hours and the weekly rest period to 24 hours. The required minimum rest period of 45 minutes within a period of four and a half hours may be divided more freely into breaks of 15 and 30 minutes.
At the Evzoni customs office there are restrictions from 22.00 to 06.00, with the exception of trucks carrying ethyl alcohol, perishable goods and medical supplies.
From 29 March 2020, road haulage is prohibited, except for transport belonging to the essential services such as medicines, waste, fuels, perishables.
On 27.03.20, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport issued a new self-certification template for drivers in charge of the road transport employed by companies which are not registered in Italy.
International road freight transport is excluded from all measures and can use all border crossings. Some border crossings, the so-called “green lanes”, are set up for the import, export and transit of certain categories of goods (medical products, food, fuel deliveries and postal consignments).
The list of open border crossings can be found on the website of the Federal Customs Administration at: https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/de/home/teaser-startseite/brennpunkt-teaser/coronavirus/liste-geoeffnete-grenzuebergaenge.html
Further information (including confirmation forms) on the “green lanes” can be found here: https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/de/home/teaser-startseite/brennpunkt-teaser/coronavirus/green-lanes.html
There have been reports that Slovakia is closing border crossings with Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria for the transit of trucks over 7.5 tons delivering non-essential goods. However, officially all international drivers engaged in international road freight transport are allowed to carry out their activities.
The European Commission has made available on its website a specific section “COVID-19 – Temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours rules” which provides summary information on the various derogations on driving and rest periods introduced by the EU Member States.
The validity for the following aspects is extended internationally – only among the countries that have signed them:
- circulation of vehicles under ADR:the validity of all periodic and intermediate tank inspections expiring between March 1 and August 1, 2020 (M325) is extended to August 30, 2020;
- Certificates of approval of vehicles expiring between 1 March and 1 August 2020: the validity is extended to 30 August 2020 (M325).
- ADR licence of the driver expiring between 1 March and 1 November 2020: the validity of these training certificates is valid until 30 November 2020 (M324);
- Training certificates of dangerous goods transport safety advisers expiring between 1 March and 1 November 2020: they are valid until 30 November 2020 (M324).
- We recommend that you check directly on the site the other countries that sign these Agreements: https://www.unece.org/trans/danger/multi/multi.html
The crossing of the Czech border may be carried out by vehicles intended for the transport of goods and only through authorised border crossing points, where it is also necessary to demonstrate:
- that it is a vehicle of category N
- that the transport is carried out in connection with the work of the haulier both for personal use and that of third parties (e.g. loading document, invoice, order)
- the relationship of the person driving the vehicle with the vehicle (e.g. employment contract)
- the extract of certification of the activity from the register of commercial licences
- The filled self-certification form for transit
The ban on trucks (above 7.5t) on Czech roads and motorways on Sundays and holidays is lifted.
Please note that the Kruså border crossing point is not accessible for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. Trucks are recommended to use the border crossing at Frøslev (E45). The border crossing at Padborg and other smaller border crossings are closed. Freight traffic can also be handled via the “blue border” (Öresund Bridge and ferries).
The number of border crossings for entry into Lithuania has been reduced to the following: Kalvarijos-Budzisko, Kybartų – Grenstalės, Būtingės-Rucavos, Smėlynės-Saločių, Medininkų- Kamenyj Logo, Raigardo-Privalkos, Kybartų – 2011, Panemunės-Sovetsko, Kenos- Gudagojo, Šalčininkų-Benekainių, Mockavos-Trakiškių, Trakiškių-Ogrodnikų, international airports Vilnius, Kaunas, Palanga, Šiauliai, Vilnius railway station and railway border crossings at Stasylai and Klaipeda seaport.
Commercial and/or international freight transport can also be carried out via the railway border crossing Stasylai-Benekainiai and the railway border crossing Pagėgiai-Sovetsk.
In the Republic of Moldova several state border crossing points are closed indefinitely. Currently, only 17 border crossing points are in normal operation:
On the border with Romania:
- Leușeni – Albița (road/international)
- Sculeni – Sculeni (street/international)
- Ungheni – Iaşi (railway/international)
- Giurgiulești – Galați (street/international)
- Giurgiulești – Galați (rail/international)
- Costești – Stânca (street/international)
On the border with Ukraine:
- Otaci-Moghilev-Podolsk (road/international)
- Vălcineţ-Moghilev-Podolsk (rail/international)
- Ocniţa-Sokireanî (railway/international)
- Briceni-Rossoşanî (road/international)
- Briceni-Rossoşanî (road/international)
- Jurgiuleşti-Reni (road/international)
- Jurgiuleşti-Reni (Railway/International)
- Etulia-Frikăţei (Railway/International)
- Mirnoe-Tabaki (street/international)
- Palanca-Maiaki-Udobnoe (road/international)
- Tudora-Starokazacie (street/international)
All transport companies must have a permit to enter the country, issued by the Health Inspectorate. The permits are issued through the association of transporters.
Romania has identified 5 transit corridors for freight transport: https://www.iru.org/apps/cms-filesystem-action?file=/flashinfo/romania%20corridors.jpg
All persons entering Romania must fill in a form: https://www.politiadefrontiera.ro/files/docu/1583921819427-declaratiemodelnoupdfpdf.pdf
There are important news regarding a relaxation of the restrictions on driving and rest times.
Until April 14th, drivers are allowed to drive 11 hours a day with a maximum weekly driving time of 60 hours. During two consecutive weeks the accumulated driving time may be up to 100 hours. Only after 5.5 hours is a 45-minute break compulsory. The daily rest period is reduced to at least 9 hours. A weekly rest period of at least 24 hours shall apply after six days or 24-hour periods.
By March 31st, Belgium has increased driving time for drivers from 56 to 60 hours. Within two weeks, the number of hours will increase from 90 to 96 hours. At the same time the weekly rest period may be postponed.
The maximum daily driving time is increased from 9 to 11 hours. Only after 5.5 hours is a break of 45 minutes necessary. The regular weekly rest period will shrink from 45 to 24 hours.
The daily driving time has been increased from 9 to 11 hours and the daily rest period reduced from 11 to 9 hours. The weekly working time has been increased from 56 to 60 hours.
The rules on weekly rest periods are suspended. In addition, all trucks in large cities are allowed to enter the restricted “green zones”.
The daily driving time may be extended to 10 hours at max. five times a week from now until 17 April. Drivers may also take a reduced weekly rest period on two consecutive weekends with immediate effect, provided that the driver takes at least four weekly rest periods in four consecutive weeks, at least two of which must be regular weekly rest periods. The exceptions are limited to the carriage of : • goods for daily consumption, in particular food and feed, between production, storage and sales premises; • goods for medical care as well as for containment, control and management of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (in particular also products for analysis of the infection, protective equipment relevant to infection, disinfectants, etc.). Fuels In various German Länder the weekend driving ban is suspended; see separate attachment.
Changes have been made to daily (9 to 11 hours), weekly (56 to 60) driving times. After 5.5 hours of driving, a 45′ break is mandatory. There is a suspension of the weekly rest obligation.
The daily driving time has been increased from 9 to 11 hours. The 45-minute break is scheduled after 5 hours and 30 minutes of driving. The weekly driving time has been increased from 56 to 60 hours.
Daily driving time in the will increase from 9 to 11 hours, and weekly driving time from 56 to 60 hours. In relation to two weeks, driving time increases from 90 to 96 hours. The weekly rest period of 45 hours must be taken after seven days instead of six. These adapted rules apply until 6 April.
Until 19 April drivers are allowed to drive 11 hours a day, 60 hours a week. Those who exceed these times, however, will not be penalised.
Until 16 April, relaxed regulations on driving and rest periods also apply in Great Britain for particularly important transport (food, personal hygiene, medical products). The daily driving time increases from 9 to 11 hours. The daily rest period drops from 11 to 9 hours. The weekly driving time increases from 56 to 60 hours, the biweekly driving time from 90 to 96 hours. The weekly rest period may be taken after seven days instead of six. However, the driver will still have to take two regular weekly rest periods or one regular and one reduced weekly rest period within two weeks. The daily 45-minute breaks may now be taken after 5.5 hours instead of 4.5. Drivers must note on the speedometer print-outs why they have not observed the normal times.
Here you can find updated information on the dedicated service stations and rest areas for trucks.
Professional drivers carrying goods by road and travellers employed by companies with registered offices outside Italy must carry a self-declaration with them. The Italian government published an updated version of the declaration yesterday.
According to the new Decree adopted by the Council of Ministers and approved today, Regions can adopt more restrictive measures, even if the central coordination is still up to the Government. Mr. Conte has also reiterated that, as of today, the measures are in place until April 3.
Regarding the suspension of production activities, Mr. Conte stated that the Government will assess whether to re-open the list of the essential activities. Moreover, according to the new Decree, the fines for those who violate the rules are now between €400 and €3,000.
Transport ministries across Europe are currently beginning to soften the current EU law on supply in the Corona crisis. In some cases, truck drivers will be allowed to drive on the roads for much longer.
Moreover, the are some important variations regarding Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia and the UK.
Open borders with controls (medical certificate) -No restrictions on the transport of goods, but possible body temperature controls of drivers -ROLA suspended between Brenner and Trento -Suspension of the weekend driving ban throughout Austria until 03/04/2020.
The transport of goods is still possible. All channels for the transport of goods by road, sea and rail will be kept open without further controls other than the normal customs controls. There are no special restrictions for Italian truck drivers. The police recommend that all foreign lorry drivers stay in their vehicles during their stay in Denmark. Foreign lorry drivers in transit to other Scandinavian countries are asked not to spend the night in Denmark if possible.
Currently, the borders are not closed and the road and motorway connections are open. There are delays at various border crossings between France and Italy (Ventimiglia), Switzerland and Germany. Changes in daily (up to 10/11 hours), weekly (up to 60 hours) and fortnightly (up to 110 hours) driving times have been approved in France. A maximum of 2 drivers are allowed in the driver’s cab, who must keep a distance of 1 meter.
Closure of the borders to France, Switzerland and Austria since 16.03.2020. Goods traffic as well as commuter traffic is guaranteed. Delays at the borders are possible.
There are no restrictions on the transport of goods. Truck drivers are now allowed to work up to eleven hours a day. The working week has been increased from 56 to 60 hours, and the maximum working time allowed within two weeks is now 96 hours instead of the previous 90 hours. The weekly rest period can now only be taken after the seventh working day. The measures take effect retroactively from 14 March and apply for the time being until 6 April.
The entry barriers are closed to all vehicles except those used for the transport of goods. The trucks must leave the country within 12 hours. The export of basic foodstuffs and medicines from Serbia is temporarily prohibited. The waiting times for entry from Croatia and Hungary are increased, while entry from Montenegro, Bulgaria and Macedonia.
The transport of goods is permitted on domestic and international routes. Drivers must be equipped with protective equipment and only drivers with a temporary/unlimited residence permit may drive. Secondary border crossings will be closed. All international drivers engaged in international road freight transport are allowed to continue.
No restrictions apply to the transport of goods. Truck drivers are now allowed to work five and a half hours instead of the usual four and a half hours before they have to take a 45-minute break. In the United Kingdom, this rule applies provisionally until 16 April.
Below you can find a summary of the main measures contained in the Decree of the Prime Minister published on 22.03.2020:
- All activities mentioned within the Annex 1 of the Decree can be carried out in compliance with the safety rules and the shared Protocol for the containment of the Coronavirus.
- The same applies – after communication to the Prefect – to all those activities carried out to ensure the continuity of the supply chains of the activities listed in Annex 1.
- Companies whose activities are suspended can complete their activities by March 25, including the shipment of stocked goods.
- The activities of plants with a continuous production cycle are allowed, also in this case upon communication to the Prefect of the province where the production plant is located.
- The decree is effective until 03.04.2020
Drivers engaged in international transport in Italy are authorized to operate, exclusively for proven working needs and for a period of 72 hours – extendable for a maximum of a further 48 hours – as long as they make a declaration that they are in Italy for working needs, and undertake to report, in case of onset of symptoms Covid-19, this situation to the Prevention Department of the local health authority and to undergo, pending the determinations of the above mentioned health authority, isolation.
These provisions, in force until 25 March 2020, do not apply to travelling personnel belonging to companies with registered offices in Italy.
The general directives on quarantine and isolation allow exceptions for hauliers of goods and lorries. The occupants of such vehicles are not subject to quarantine or isolation measures, but once the absence of influenza symptoms has been verified, they will be allowed into the country on condition that they leave during the day and do not leave the cabin of the vehicle. That is to say, it is valid both for goods deliveries in Croatia and for transits to other countries, provided that the countries of destination authorise the entry of such vehicles: at the moment this is the case for Serbia and Hungary, while for Bosnia the problems are being resolved.
The transport of goods exceeding 3.5 tonnes is exempt from traffic restrictions.
Belarus has imposed restrictions – as of midnight on 19 March – on foreign vehicles travelling through Belarus, which will be allowed to stop and refuel only at places designated by the Belarusian Ministry of Transport from midnight on 19 March. The Department of Transport has set up special points – petrol stations – where drivers can stop, rest, take a compulsory break, refuel and shop. At the same time, foreigners will not be able to leave the station on any route other than the designated one. Health and epidemiological controls will be introduced at filling stations (TRANS-INFO).
Rail and road freight traffic is free of restrictions. The relevant drivers may be subject to health checks (in particular, body temperature control).
The entry into the country of transit vehicles is only permitted after the driver has been medically checked and assessed and the police have affixed a special mark to the vehicle. Trucks arriving in Hungary for transit purposes only and coming from Italy will be allowed to continue their journey through the country following the designated humanitarian routes in groups of 15 leaving every 10 minutes. The vehicles will have to follow the designated routes and will only be allowed to stop at designated service stops while on Hungarian territory. Only the driver may be present in the passenger compartment as the transport of persons is not allowed. Vehicles in transit must leave Hungarian territory as soon as possible, of course respecting traffic rules. The police will follow a fast procedure while leaving the territory. Vehicles arriving in Hungary as their final destination will be allowed to enter the country after the driver has undergone a medical assessment.
The vehicle must be equipped with protective equipment (masks and gloves) and disinfectant before departure. The loading and unloading of the vehicle is allowed but in any case the contact with the driver equipped with protective equipment must be reduced to the minimum necessary.
The driver must not participate in unloading or loading and must remain in the passenger compartment. Disposable gloves must be used at all times. Personal contact between driver and administrator when exchanging transport documents should be avoided. The driver must always carry disinfectant in the passenger compartment and use it regularly on all operating surfaces and devices that he touches.
A map with “humanitarian corridors” and open border stations is published on the Hungarian Police website can be found here.
From 20 March to 8:00 a.m. all incoming borders are closed. As for the transport of goods, trucks (and drivers) can enter Serbian territory and stay there for a maximum period of 12 hours.
The Russian Federation has closed all its borders at midnight on March 18. The restriction will last until May 1st. The ban does not apply to the transport of goods: truck drivers, air and sea crews and teams in rail transport.
The passage for the transport of goods and cross-border workers remains open.
There are no restrictions on international road haulage, which as a result of health checks is likely to lead to longer border crossing times. The ban on driving on Sundays and public holidays is suspended. Those rules apply to the commercial or paid carriage of goods by lorries with a total weight of more than 7.5 tonnes.
The movement of goods will continue to be permitted without restriction.
Denmark has adopted border health control measures, but there is an exception for the transport of goods.
Here the latest updates on the travel restrictions ONLY for the transport of goods:
The borders currently open to freight transport from Germany are:
- Jędrzychowice – Ludwigsdorf
- Olszyna – Forst
- Świecko – Frankfurt
- Krajnik Dolny – Schwedt
- Kołbaskowo – Pomellen
- Świnoujście – Garz
- Kostrzyń n. Odrą – Küstrin – Kietz (nur für LKW bis 7,5 t)
- Zgorzelec-Görlitz (theoretically for trucks, but in practice only for passenger cars)
There are currently considerable waiting times at the borders. Here you can find always current dates and waiting times:
International freight/transit traffic is still permitted. The Obligation for drivers to carry respirators FFP2 or FFP3 was abolished on 14.3.
For transit flows through Hungary to neighbouring countries, convoys of 15 vehicles will be created at a time, which the Hungarian police (Rendorseg) will escort (at least in this first phase) to the “Humanitarian Corridors” (motorways connecting the various borders) and ad hoc distributors will be designated for stops and supplies. Here is a map of the humanitarian corridors:
The Russian Federation has closed all its borders at midnight on March 18. The restriction will last until May 1st. The ban does not apply to the transport of goods.
Following Austria and Czech Republic also Germany has suspended the weekend transit ban for trucks. However, the approach varies in the single Bundesländer. Please see details below.
For all type of goods:
For food products, hygiene products, medicine and medical equipment.
|Berlin||01/06/20||incl. empty runs|
|Bremen||30/05/20||incl. empty runs|
|Niedersachsen||30/05/20||incl. empty runs|
|Saarland||sino a ordine nuovo|
|Sachsen||05/04/20||Incl. empty runs|
|Thueringen||01/06/20||incl. empty runs|
|Hamburg||only upon request|
Due to the measures of border control taken by the single member states, the European Commission has published a series of guidelines to avoid that control measures undermine the continuity of economic activity and the operation of supply chains (see attachment). The main guidelines are:
- Member states shall not take any measure that may cause restrictions to the free circulation of goods within the European Union
- Emergency transport services (food products, medicines, medical devices, should have priority within the transport system (e.g. via ‘green lanes’)
The Austrian Ministry for Transportation has temporarily suspended the Regulation (EC) No. 561/2006 on maximum driving and rest times for truck drivers. This suspension is in force as of 16 March 2020 and will be valid for 30 days until 14 April 2020.
This morning Slovenia has closed its borders to Italy also for trucks, only exception is made for their own. All the other drivers are told to go back and deviate via Austria, which leads to significant traffic jams on the alternative routes. This information has reached us directly from the border – according to the official measures restrictions should not apply to the transport of goods.
Austria has introduced the following additional measures:
- Besides Italy, there have been introduced also border controls with Switzerland and Liechtenstein. These measures do not affect the transport of goods!
- As of today 14:00 the Paznauntal valley and the municipality of St. Anton am Arlberg are under quarantine and are therefore also closed for transports. Attention: the Arlbergtunnel remains open!
All flights from and to Italy, Spain, France and Switzerland are temporarily suspended.
Suspended transit bans:
The following states/ regions have suspended the weekend transit bans for trucks:
- Czech republic
This implies that transports, as well as the transit of empty trucks, is allowed also on weekends.