Since the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, countries have been enforcing strict measures to control the spreading of the virus. One way of doing this is by limiting the movement of people and goods. But which countries are taking which measures, and how do they affect the transport sector? We’ve compiled the important info as well as useful resources. Read more here.
Constantly changing regulations
The regulations differ greatly from country to country, and are constantly changing. For the latest updates in and around the EU, check the EU’s Mobility and Transport page on transport measures regarding the coronavirus. Also check the websites of the local authorities of countries you visit during your journey. The links to the local authorities’ websites can also be found in the article on transport measures regarding the coronavirus.
Waiting time at border checks: find out here!
The more stringent border controls imposed by various countries can lead to queues at the border. If you want to check the most current truck border crossing times, visit this website.
Ways in which COVID-19 affects the transport sector
Like most industries involving physical goods, the transport sector has been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Traveling has been limited as much as possible for everyone, with some countries even enforcing strict lockdown measures. However, the transportation of essential goods, such as medical supplies and food, needs to go on. If you’re in the transport sector, this is what you need to check before every trip.
Depending on where you’re coming from and where you’re going to, you may come across strict border controls. Some journeys require additional documentation, such as a certificate of health. Some countries may have closed the border completely to all non-residents. Each country has a different policy, so be sure to check the regulations for all countries you may visit.
When crossing a border, you may be subject to medical checks. In addition to making sure you’re healthy, bear in mind these checks may cause a delay at border crossings.
Quarantine recommendations or requirements
Usually when passing through a country without any stops, there are no quarantine requirements. In other cases the authorities may impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Again, this differs per country.
Adjusted driving and rest times
There is a temporary limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers in many countries. However, this only applies to certain types of goods transport, and not to all EU countries.
Weekend traffic bans
To accommodate the transport sector in these tough times, some countries that normally enforce weekend traffic bans may have lifted them. Check if this applies to your route and mode of transport.
As of March 23rd, the EU is pushing countries to open up priority lanes at border crossings for transport vehicles. These priority lanes, like the ones already used by the Czech Republic, should speed up the border crossing process. It’s still unclear when these priority lanes will be introduced across the EU.
Together, we control the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic
Like every other company, Tradus is faced with great challenges due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We’ve responded quickly by adopting a strict Work From Home policy early on. All employees are required to work from their own homes. Meetings are carried out via online apps, such as Zoom or Slack. Also, we’re working on product features to make remote trading easier for you. You will soon read about these on our Tradus Blog. This way we take our responsibility to help control the spreading of the virus. We sincerely hope that you do the same, and that you stay safe.