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Coronavirus: controls and bans

European countries have introduced controls and health checks at their borders. On our site you will find the most important information about the controls and bans at the different border crossings.

Upated:20/03/2020

Hungary

The opening Hungarian border crossing points are constantly updated on the map. The map shows the available transit routes.

 

Pursuant to the decisionof the Government, Hungarian authorities will close the borders of Hungary from passenger traffic, so from 00:00 on17 March 2020, only Hungarian citizens willbe allowed to enter the country. The restriction does not apply for transportation of goods. However, mandatory transit routes have been fixed by the Hungarian Police on March 13th. Due to the situation caused by the coronavirus, the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM) suspended the driving restriction in Hungary. This exemption is valid until revoked.
 
Driving and rest times
In addition, the government has announced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers in order to eliminate bottlenecks caused by the current crisis. The measures lifted are those in Articles 6 to 9 of the EU Regulation No. 561/2006. This exception applies from 20 March 2020 to 19 April 2020. Measures lifted are the following: 
  • replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
  • replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 65 hours;
  • replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 105 hours;
  • replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours;
  • reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;
  • weekly rest period of at least 24 hours after six 24-hour periods.
  • postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six-24 hours period.

Albania

As of 15 of March 2020, all Albanian terrestrial borders will be closed for any passengers transport. Goods transport will be allowed, subject to medical checks to drivers. Border crossing Blato and Shepchishte-Trebishte (Debar) is  completely closed for any kind of traffic.


Austria

Austria has reintroduced temporary border control at the borders with Italy. The temperature of drivers and their activities of the last days are systematically checked (measure valid for the next 10 days). Throughout Austria, the weekend traffic ban for heavy goods vehicles above 7.5 tonnes will be suspended until 3 April 2020 with immediate effect. 

Driving and rest times

In addition, the government announced a temporary tolerance concerning the enforcement of driving and resting times for drivers in order to eliminate the bottlenecks caused by the current crisis (561 rules). This exception applies from 16⁄03⁄2020 to 14⁄04⁄2020.
Measures lifted are the following: 
  • replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
  • replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 65 hours;
  • replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 105 hours;
  • replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours;
  • reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;

Border crossings to be used by international freight traffic departing from or ending in Hungary:

  • Hegyeshalom / Nickelsdorf.  . 
  • Rábafüzes / Heiligenkreuz

Belarus

There are currently no restrictions on the movement of vehicles, goods across the borders, except for the sanitary checks and the filling on an arrival form.

With effect from 19 March 00.00, drivers non-resident in the Republic of Belarus engaged in international transit operations through the territory of the Republic of Belarus can only use selected areas for rest, meals and refuelling vehicles. A detailed list with locations can be found on this map.

Source: Source: Ministry of transport and communications of the Republic of Belarus


Belgium

No restriction for goods transport. 

Driving and rest times

Minister of transport announced a temporary and complete tolerance concerning the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers involved in the transportation of food, medication and other life essential goods to shops and pharmacies. This measure has been taken on the basis of  the EU Regulation 561⁄2006 and applies from 14⁄03⁄2020 at 00:01 until 31⁄03⁄2020 at 23:59.

Measures lifted are the following: 

  • replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours;
  • replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 96 hours;
  • postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six-24 hours period.

Bulgaria

No restriction for goods transport. The small border crossing points are closed.

The opening  border crossing points:

  • Kalotina (BG-SRB) 
  • Vidin and Rusze (BG-RO)
  • Kulata (BG-GR)
  • Kapitan Andreevo and Lesovo (BG-TR)
  •  Gueshevo (BG-MK)

Driving and rest times

The Bulgarian government granted temporary tolerance concerning the enforcement of driving and resting times for drivers under the EU Regulation 561⁄2006 to the national and international transport of goods This exception applies from 19⁄03⁄2020 00:00 to 16⁄04⁄2020 24.00.

Measures lifted are the following:

  • replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;
  • replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours;
  • reduction of the regular weekly rest period from 45 hours to 24 hours.

Source: AEBTRI​


Croatia

No restriction for goods transport.Long waiting times are currently observed at borders.


Czech Republic

From 14 March border controls on the borders with Austria and Germany will be introduced. Only 11 border crossings are available:

Towards Austria:

  • Dolní Dvořiště – Wullowitz
  • České Velenice – Gmünd
  • Hatě – Kleinhaugsdorf
  • Mikulov – Drasenhofen

Towards Germany:

  • Strážný – Phillippsreut
  • Pomezí nad Ohří – Schirnding
  • Rozvadov-dálnice – Waidhaus
  • Folmava – Furth im Wald/Schafberg
  • Železná Ruda – Bayerisch Eisenstein
  • Krásný Les – Breitenau
  • H. Sv. Šebestiána – Reitzenhain

The Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic, has granted a general exemption from the driving restrictions on motorways and class I roads in the Czech Republic for trucks and combination vehicles with an MPW of over 7.5 tons. In addition, the government announced on March 16th a temporary tolerance concerning the enforcement of driving and resting times for drivers involved in all transport of goods. This exception applies from 16⁄03⁄2020 (00:00) for a period of 30 days.


Denmark

From13th march the Danish borders are closed. The restriction does not apply to transport of goods. International freight transport  by road should be operated through the following border crossing points: Frøslev, Sæd or Kruså ( Kruså border crossing point is not accessible for vehicles above 3.5 tonnes).

Driving and rest times

National derogations from the weekly rest periods apply in Denmark from 10 to 22 March. Measures lifted are the ones in article 8.6 of the EU Regulation No. 561/2006, but all other articles apply.

Measures lifted are the following:

- postponement of the requirement for a weekly rest period during the specified period


Estonia

No restriction for goods transport.People entering Estonia will be asked to fill in a health form.


Finland

International freight transport is not banned.

The opening  border crossing points:

  • Imatra, Kuusamo, Niirala, Nuijamaa, Rajajooseppi, Salla, Vaalimaa and Vartius border crossing points are only for goods transport, 
  •  Inari, Parikkala and Vainikkala border crossing points are only for goods transport.
  • Kilpisjärvi, Karigasniemi, Kivilompolo, Nuorgam, Näätämö and Utsjoki will be kept open for goods and return traffic.
  • Karesuvanto, Kolari, Muonio, Pello, Tornio and Ylitornio will be kept open for goods and return traffic.

Crossing the border is not permitted elsewhere.


France

International freight transport is not banned.A decree was published on 20 March 2020 which lifts the weekend traffic bans for heavy goods vehicles until 20 April 2020.


Germany

From March 16th,  Germany is re-introducing temporary border controls at the borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxemburg and Denmark.The restriction does not apply to international freight transport. The States of Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Lower Saxony have announced the suspension of the weekend traffic bans for trucks transporting hygiene and food products with a long shelf life.

The Federal Government of Germany has asked the Länder to suspend the weekend traffic bans of truck movements to ease the situation during the crisis. BGL has provided an overview of the situation in the different regions here.

Driving and rest times

In addition, it has been decided at Federal level on a temporary relaxation of driving and rest times rules based on Article 14.2 of the EU Regulation 561⁄2006. The measure applies to road transport of goods of daily necessities, including food, medical equipment and fuel, and is valid until 17 April, included.

Measures lifted are the following:

  • Possibility to extend driving time to 10 hours five times per week.
  • Possibility to take two consecutive reduced weekly rests within a period of four weeks. The measure applies to professional and own account transport.

 


Greece

Greece has closed its borders with Albania and North Macedonia on March 15. Freight traffic can use only major border crossings. Heavy goods vehicles will be banned at Evzoni-Bogorodica border crossing from 16:00 until 06:00 from 16 March (NorthMacedonia ).


Ireland

No restriction for goods transport.

Driving and rest times

In response to the extraordinary crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Ireland has agreed to a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times rules for the drivers of vehicles engaged in domestic and international goods transport. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 and applies from 18 March 2020 and will run until 16 April 2020, provided that road safety is not affected [impaired] when transport companies make use of these exemptions.

Measures lifted are the following: 

  • the fortnightly driving limit is lifted from 90 hours to 112 hours.
  •  in any two consecutive weeks a driver shall take at least two reduced weekly rest periods whilst maintaining the rule that a weekly rest period shall start no later than at the end of six 24-hour periods from the end of the previous weekly rest period. There shall be no requirement for compensation or for a regular weekly rest period to be taken.

Italy

No restriction for goods transport. Drivers entering Italy are required to carry with them a statement. Read more here.

The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport signed a decree suspending usual traffic bans for HGVs with a maximum total mass exceeding 7, 5 tons, on extra-urban roads, on the days of 15 and 22 March 2020.


Latvia

No restriction for goods transport.


Lithuania

Lithuania reintroduced control of its borders with Poland and Latvia on March 14th. Foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter the country.  Good transport is still allowed. The number of border checkpoints to enter Lithuania is reduced to the ones in the following list: Kalvarija-Budzisko, Saločiai-Grenstalė, Butinge-Rucava, Sandy-Medume, Medininkai-Kamenyi Logo, RaigardasPrivalka, Kybartai-Chernševskoye, Panemunė-Sovetsko, Vilnius, Kaunas.


Luxemburg

No restriction for goods transport.

Driving and rest times

Luxembourg has agreed on a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers involved in domestic and international delivery of goods. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. This temporary relaxation applies from 19 March 2020 and will run until 17 April 2020. Luxembourg has made it clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

Measures lifted are the following: 

  •  replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours.
  • replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 96 hours.
  •  postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six-24 hours period.

Netherlands

No restriction for goods transport.


North-Macedonia

No restriction for goods transport. All border crossing points in the Republic of North Macedonia are closed for passengers and vehicles, except the Bogorodica (border with Greece), Kafasan (border with Albania), Tabanovce (border with Serbia), Deve Bair (border with Bulgaria) and Blace (border with Kosovo).


Norway

No restriction for goods transport. 

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is also granting, from March 13th and for 30 days, temporary exemptions on driving and resting time rules for freight operations involved in the transportation of food, medication and other life essential goods to shops and pharmacies.

Measures lifted are the following: 

  • reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;
  • at least one reduced weekly rest every week throughout the dispensation period.

Poland

From 15 March to 24 March, border controls will be in force on the Polish borders with Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Good transport is still allowed. 

Open border crossing points:

Czech Republic
  • Cieszyn – Chotebuz
  • Gorzyczki
  • New Chałupki
  • Trzebinia
  • Kudowa – Salty
  • Jakuszyce

Germany

  • Jędrzychowice
  • Olszyna – Forst
  • Świecko – Frankfurt
  • Lower Krajnik – Schwedt
  • Kołabaskowo – Pomellen
  • Świnoujście – Garz
Slovakia
  • Periwinkle
  • Chyżne
Lithuania
  • Budzisko

Driving and rest times

The Polish Minister of Transport has introduced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers performing international road transport of passengers and goods. This exception applies from 18⁄03⁄2020 to 16⁄04⁄2020, included. The relaxation concerns only international transport and covers EU-registered hauliers only (not applicable to Contracting Parties of the AETR Agreement).

Measures lifted are the following:

  • Daily vehicle transport time cannot exceed 11 hours.
  • The weekly transport time of the vehicle cannot exceed 60 hours.
  • The total transport time of the vehicle over a consecutive two week period may not exceed 96 hours.
  • After a five and a half hour period of driving, the driver shall be entitled to a continuous break of at least forty-five minutes. Due to the extended transport time of the vehicle, from 9 to 11 hours, no derogations will be applied on daily and weekly rest periods.​

Portugal

From March 16th 23:00 and until April 15th 12:00, Portugal is re-introducing border controls.Good transport is still allowed. Only major border crossings 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).


Romania

No restriction for goods transport.

The following border crossing points have been closed:

  • Border crossing points with Hungary: Turnu, Săcuieni, Salonta and Valea lui Mihai - Border crossing point with Ukraine: Sighet
  • Border crossing points with Bulgaria: Negru Vodă, Lipniţa, Dobromir, Zimnicea, Turnu Măgurele and Bechet
  • Border crossing points with Moldova: Rădăuţi Prut and Oancea

From 12 March 2020, the Serbian authorities closed, unilaterally, the following border crossing points with Romania: Porţile de Fier 2, Moldova Nouă, Foieni, Lunga, Vâlcani, Drobeta Turnu Severin and Naidăş.

Driving and rest times

Romanian Authorities has introduced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers performing domestic/international road transport of goods. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. This exception applies from 18.03.2020 to 16.04.2020.

Measures lifted are the following:

  • replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours.
  • replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours driving.
  • reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours.
  • postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six-24 hour periods.

Russia

No restriction for goods transport.


Serbia

From March 11 Serbia is re-introducing border controls. Good transport is still allowed. Transit operations through the country should not extend 12 hours from the moment the truck entered the territory  of Serbia. Please note that 44 borders are now temporarily closed (list here).


Slovenia

Slovenia is blocking foreign trucks over 3.5t that need to transit the country. The only trucks allowed to cross the border are those having to unload goods in Slovenia, or if trucks are loaded with postage, medicine equipment or pharmaceutical products and humanitarian help.

On March 14th, authorities of Slovenia and neighbouring countries agreed to create convoys of  freight vehicles to solve the issue of long queue of vehicles being blocked at the borders.


Slovakia

From March 13 Slovakia is re-introducing border controls. Good transport is still allowed.
Open border crossing points:

Hungary
  • Dunacsún – Rajka
  • Milhosť – Tornyosnémeti
Austria
  • Bratislava – Jarovce – Kittsee 
  • Bratislava – Petržalka – Berg
  • Moravský Svätý Ján – Hohenau.
Czech Republic
  • Čadca /Milošová – Šance,
  • Svrčinovec – Mosty u Jablunkova,
  • Klokočov – Bíla,
  • Makov – Bíla-Bumbálka,
  • Horné Srnie – Brumov-Bylnice,
  • Drietoma – Starý Hrozenkov,
  • Nová Bošáca – Březová,
  • Moravské Lieskové – Strání,
  • Lysá pod Makytou – Střelná,
  • Vrbovce – Velká nad Veličkou,
  • Brodské – Břeclav (highway),
  • Brodské – Lanžhot,
  • Holíč – Hodonín,
  • Skalica – Sudoměřice (new road),
  • Skalica – Sudoměřice (old road).
Polonia
  • Vyšný Komárnik – Barwinek
  • Trstená – Chyžné

Driving and rest times

Slovakia has agreed on a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers involved in domestic and international delivery of goods. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. This temporary relaxation applies from 19 March 2020 and will run until 17 April 2020,included.

Slovakia has made it clear that driver and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users. 

Measures lifted are the following: 

  • replacement of the maximum daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours.
  • replacement of the maximum weekly driving limit of 56 hours with one of 60 hours.
  • replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving limit of 90 hours with one of 96 hours.
  • replacement of the minimum daily breaks requirements by imposing a break of 45 minutes after 5 and a half hours.
  • Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours.

Spain

No restriction for goods transport.The following truck restrictions are being lifted in Spain from 14/03 to 28/03:

  • driving and resting time rule
    • ​lifting the daily driving time limit
    • provisions on weekly rest periods
  • traffic bans for vehicle over 7,5 t

Sweeden

No restriction for goods transport. As of March 16th, the Swedish Transport Agency is granting a temporary tolerance concerning the enforcement of driving and resting times rules for freight operations. Exemptions are valid for 30 days.

Driving and rest times

As of March 16th, the Swedish Transport Agency is granting a temporary tolerance concerning the enforcement of driving and resting times rules for freight operations according to EU Regulation No. 561/2006.

Exemptions in Sweden apply to daily rest time (minimum 9 hours), weekly rest time (minimum 24 hours) and driving time as long as breaks are taken after a maximum of 4,5 hours driving time.


Switzerland

From March 16 Switzerland is re-introducing border controls.No restriction for goods transport.


Turkey

No restriction for goods transport.


Ukraine

From March 13 Ukraine has colsed its border. No restriction for goods transport.

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.


United Kingdom

No restriction for goods transport.