Please note: Most border closures and additional restrictions by governments across Europe do not apply to freight movements. The restrictions are, however leading to considerable delays at border crossings.
Despite this, the majority of countries are still allowing freight to move in and out of their countries. However, the situation is fluid and is not the case in all countries, where restrictions on driver nationalities and further measures have been taken. To see which countries have implemented which restrictions, and the accompanying effects on freight movements, please see the daily, country-specific updates, or the table below.
In the meantime, we are doing our utmost to maintain as close to our regular service as possible. Your local Rhenus contact will be in touch if your shipment is affected.
The number of infections raises fast in Austria; therefore, the entry regulations have been intensified again and will be maintained until the 30th of September. The logistics sector remains unaffected from it.
Health checks are carried out at the border from Poland to Belarus.
Average delays of 1-2 days are reported.
Most businesses in Belgium have reopened, and there should be only minor issues with deliveries. Social distancing and the use of masks are highly recommended.
Before dispatching your shipment, please make sure that the consignee is in business and able to receive your shipment.
The situation at the Bosnian border with Serbia has relaxed a little bit since last week. There are currently waiting times at the border with Croatia, due to reduced staff at the customs checks. There are currently no waiting times to enter Croatia from Bosnia.
Since the 22nd of July the border crossing point with Greece “Ilinden – Exochi” has been closed for all nationalities and all vehicles (incl. trucks) in both directions until the 3rd of August.
After the announcement of the European Commission, the Croatian government has confirmed that there will be no restrictions to the transport of goods when using the Green Lanes.
The delays at the Croatian-Serbian border are at about 1-2 hours for entry to Croatia and 1 hour for exit from Croatia.
We are expecting delays of at least 24 hours for deliveries and collections. Shuttle services are scheduled for Serbia, Bosnia and Slovenia.
All borders to Austria, Poland and Slovakia are fully opened.
Most businesses in Denmark have reopened, and there should be only minor issues with deliveries. Before dispatching your shipment, please make sure that the consignee is in business and able to receive your shipment.
Still, delays at the border are to be expected.
The Government of Estonia has announced a lockdown in the country and has decided to close all shops in the country except supermarkets and pharmacies. There are border checks conducted by the authorities, but no delays are reported. As of the 1st of June 2020, the Estonian borders have been reopened for people arriving from European countries.
The free movement between the three states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) has been restored since the 15th of May 2020. This is possible for people with a permanent residence in the three states and that do not show any symptoms. It has also been announced that people from Finland are allowed to travel to Estonia more frequently, without being required to go into quarantine, only if they do not show any symptoms.
The Finnish government lifted the state of emergency on the 16th of June 2020. The internal border controls with Norway have also stopped. Border controls with the other countries remain in place until the 14th of July 2020. On the 24th of June 2020, the Finnish government adopted the guidelines on travel and border-crossing rules. Internal border controls have been lifted for the following countries: Germany, Italy, Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Liechtenstein. People coming from Croatia, Cyprus and Iceland are allowed to enter Finland.
Self-isolation remains recommended for people arriving from countries that are still subject to internal or external border control. Such countries include Sweden and Russia. Self-isolation is not required if the person arrives from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Denmark or Iceland.
The government has been confirmed that the driving and resting times came back into effect from the 1st of June 2020.
As announced by the government, France is now starting to leave the lockdown. The situation has relaxed, the national distribution networks are recovering, but are not yet on full capacity. Issues are still to be expected in the western and southeastern regions of France. Most of the business reopened, cafes and restaurants are also allowed to reopen if they are located in specific “green zones”. We would like to remind you to please make sure that the consignee of your shipment is in business and able to receive your shipment.
On the 14th of May 2020, the French Ministry of the Interior issued an authorisation form with which transport companies can perform domestic operations beyond 100km from their place of establishment and outside their department of residence.
Same-day deliveries, advices or fixed dates cannot be offered anymore. The reduction of capacity in the French networks will lead to delays. We are aware of the current performance issues in the whole domestic transport market. Domestic networks have already restarted and increased their production this week. Performance improvements are expected for next week.
The French government has also released a decree that signatures for B2C deliveries are not necessary anymore and are therefore suspended until further notice.
The entry requirements for Georgia have been tightened. With few exceptions, foreign travelers are no longer allowed to enter. Freight traffic is still allowed. Drivers who have been in the EU in the past few days are placed into a 14-day quarantine.
Average delays of 1-2 days have been reported.
The German government has opened the borders to Austria, Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg on the 16th of May 2020. On the 15th of June 2020, the border with Denmark will be opened again. All border crossing points will be operative again. The controls will be reduced to sample checks at the borders with Austria, Switzerland, and France. With Luxembourg, the controls will be abandoned completely.
The German Federal administration did not extend the temporary driving and rest time regulations after the 31st of May 2020. The regulation according to Article 14.2 of the EU Regulation 561⁄2006 will fully apply again from June.
The government has also decided to close all malls, bars, restaurants and similar locations. The government has announced that from the 20th of April 2020, smaller shops are allowed to reopen again.
The delays from the Czech Republic to Germany have been cleared so far and there are no delays reported.
In an attempt to stop the Coronavirus from spreading further, the Greek government has decided to close some border crossing points for freight transport at nights from 11:00 PM to 07:00 AM. This may lead to delays.
There are no restrictions on freight transport. The existing mandatory transit routes have been dropped. The temporary relaxation of the steering and rest period provisions expired on the 31st of May 2020.
Hungary also has imposed a national lockdown for its inhabitants since the 28th of March 2020. This does not affect road transportation in general.
Friday, 7th August – Local Lockdown:
Due to a large spike of COVID-19 cases (incl. a number of clusters at meat factories), the 400,000 residents in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly have been asked to restrict their movements and social interactions. Pubs, restaurants, cinemas, galleries etc. have closed. However, most businesses are staying open, including retail outlets – please check that your customer is unaffected when taking bookings. The current restrictions are for two weeks from last Friday and will be reviewed.
The ferry services have now stopped carrying passengers. It is still possible to ship semi-trailers, containers and swap bodies. Delays are to be expected.
Ireland has also lifted the regulations on driving and resting times. This measure has now been extended until the 31st of May 2020. Ireland has now entered the first phase of easing the lockdown - as from the 18th of May 2020, hardware shops, garden centres, homeware shops, electrical, IT, and phone shops are allowed to reopen. Outdoor construction workers and gardeners can also return to work. We are expecting a positive impact on our operations.
Other shops and industries will follow from June to August in different phases. Updates will be provided accordingly.
Therefore, please check with your customers whether they are still open and only send the goods to Ireland if the consignee can accept the shipment.
Update for Northern Ireland: Due to the current situation, our network is now working with limited staff and a reduced fleet, which leads to less capacities in their collections and deliveries. This might lead to delays.
The situation is starting to relax more and more. The government has announced that in its “Phase 3” plan, gyms and pools are allowed to reopen. Therefore, most businesses will open again, and there should be only minor issues with deliveries.
On the 17th of May 2020, the Italian Prime Minister published updated regulations, applicable from the 18th of May 2020 until the 2nd of June 2020. Freight transport to/from Sicily can only be operated via the port of Messina-Tremestieri. Rules on freight transport from/to Sardinia remain unchanged. For movement between different regions, as intra-region movement is now permitted. Our branches in Italy are open and will continue their operational services.
Before dispatching your shipment, please make sure that the consignee is in business and able to receive your shipment. In order to ensure that our supply chains remain operational, we are carefully planning our transportation and warehousing capacities. Shipments that can’t be delivered will be returned or stored temporarily - all costs incurred will be charged to the consignor. Thank you for your kind understanding.
Foreigners can only enter Kazakhstan in exceptional cases. However, international road freight traffic should not be restricted.
Nevertheless, drivers from the EU ((DE, IT, FR, ES,)) are denied entry, or they have to go into a 14-day quarantine.
The Latvian borders are only open for European citizens, but countries with 15 cases per 100.000 per inhabitant will have to go under a 14-day quarantine. Face masks are also mandatory to wear in public and recommended for drivers.
Lockdown in Lithuania is no longer in place. Citizens of Estonia, Latvia and the EU will be allowed to enter Lithuania without any restrictions and without a quarantine after entry. The ferry travel with Kiel, Rostock, Travemünde, and Klaipėda is permitted again.
The Dutch government has relaxed the lockdown measures, and almost all businesses are open again, with only minor issues in deliveries. No delays are reported.
The government of Norway has closed its border to neighbouring countries. The borders will remain closed for a further 90 days after the 15th of May 2020. Quarantine for business trips has been reduced to 10 days, for non-Nordic citizens. Persons whose work is necessary to maintain the proper functioning of critical social functions or to satisfy the basic needs of the population, this provision should not apply. Drivers should be exempted from quarantine if they move between their place of residence and their working place and are travelling during the period of their employment. During their free time, the quarantine is mandatory.
Freight transport is still possible; we are, however experiencing delays at the borders.
The regular ferry cargo line between Kiel and Oslo has been reintroduced and is now running three times a week both ways. The government has announced that the driving and resting time restriction comes into effect again immediately.
The government of Poland declared the state of epidemiological emergency and has closed the borders for all foreigners. The border controls have officially been extended until the 12th of June 2020. Freight transportation is not affected.
Poland has lifted the rules for driving and resting times until the 31st of May 2020. We expect a positive impact on our operations.
Portugal has entered the third phase of the lockdown, which will end on the 30th of June 2020. Social distancing is still in place, and masks are obligatory in public spaces.
The borders remain closed and can only be crossed through the following crossing points: Quintanilha, Tui, Vilar Formoso, Elvas, Castro Marim, Vila Verde de Raia (Chaves), Monfortinho (Castelo Branco), Marvão (Portalegre) and Vila Verde de Ficalho (Beja).
The Portuguese government has now officially ended the quarantine in the Ovar area. Pickups and deliveries are possible again. Regulations on driving and resting times apply again since the 1st of June 2020.
Romania has confirmed that the state of emergency in the country has been reduced to a state of alert. Face masks should be worn in public places. Romania imposed travel restrictions, which do not apply to international road freight transport.
Quarantine rules are now in place for drivers entering into the country; they are however not quarantined at the border.
The Romanian government has also set up transit corridors through the country, where transit is possible without interruptions.
There are currently some delays to be expected at the Hungarian – Romanian border. The government also announced that the driving restrictions have been lifted until the 31st of May 2020. We expect a positive impact on our operations.
It has been announced by the government that the Russian borders will remain closed indefinitely. As of the 17th of June 2020, controls on access to some regions within Russia remain in place, but freight transport will still be allowed.
According to our partners, there is no impact on flow of goods due to current border restrictions for personal/private travel.
Slovakia has decided to open all border-crossing points with their neighbouring countries, except for the border with Poland. On the Slovakian-Polish border, controls will be conducted until the 26th of June 2020. The only open crossing points there are TrstenáChyžné and Vyšný Komárnik-Barwinek.
The state of emergency were applied to public hospitals, from 16 March 2020 temporary closure measures for shopping centers and some service providers excluding food shops, pharmacies, gas stations etc. Other measures valid from 24 March 2020 are the ban on organizing collective sporting, cultural and social events is extended until further notice. From 22 April 2020 the Slovakian government introduced the first phase of release measures, shops are open except shopping centers.
On Wednesday, 06 May 2020, the 2nd and 3rd phases of the release of measures were launched, including the operation of taxis and accommodation in a restricted mode, strict hygiene measures must be observed. The 4th phase of release of measures from 20 May 2020: Wearing a protective mask in the exterior at a distance of 5 meters is optional, in the interior it remains obligatory to wear a protective mask. From 21 May 2020 people can visit the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia and Croatia for 24 hours without testing or quarantine. Catering establishments can provide services in compliance with strict hygiene measures. Shopping centers, cinemas, theaters and other mass events with up to 100 people are also opening. The same conditions must be observed in areas intended for the consumption of food and beverages as in public catering establishments. From June, primary schools will be open on a limited basis. Situation is monitored by the Ministry of Health.
The Slovenian government has updated its regulations on the road freight transport to Slovenia. Only four border crossing points remain open for entry through Italy. Road freight transport from Italy to Slovenia is currently stopped at the border except for:
- Trucks with their final destination in Slovenia
- Trucks with postage, medicine equipment, pharmaceutical products or humanitarian help.
From the 31st of May 2020, the freight vehicle restrictions on Sundays and holidays are back on for trucks whose weight exceeds 7.5 tons.
Delay on entry from Croatia is 5 hours, other crossing points have delays up to an hour. Traffic through the Karavange tunnel will be limited to one lane only, in the nights between 08 – 09 and 09 - 10 June 2020 from 18:00 h to 05:30 h. We are currently expecting delays of at least 24 hours for all collections and deliveries made.
Wearing masks in public is mandatory in Catalunya. The Government is currently discussing expanding this over more areas. People are recommended to stay at home for the next two weeks in Barcelona. Shops remain open. This is linked to regional Corona outbreaks in Catalunya. We currently don’t expect any impact on our operations.
Businesses are operating as normal. Normal driving and rest periods are applying.
All borders are open since the 15th of June 2020. Also, almost all the measures have been relaxed. Bars and restaurants no longer have to close at a fixed time.
On the 27th of April 2020, the Turkish government has changed the regulations for truck drivers entering the country to support international trade for most countries. Trucks carrying goods like medicine, medical supplies or food supplies are now prioritised. Drivers in transit through Turkey are required to leave the country as soon as possible and their routes and parking areas will be given to them by the customs administrations.
The procedures at the Turkish Border checkpoints are to be adjusted; this includes disinfection of the trucks. The changed procedures may have an effect on the waiting times at the Turkish border. We will observe how these changes will impact the situation at the border.
Barbers and shopping malls are allowed to open again. Please check if the consignees are open again before shipping any goods.
On the 29th of May 2020, Ukraine opened 66 border crossing points on the borders with the EU Member States and Moldova. 56 border crossing points on the border with Belarus remain closed because of the epidemiological situation in the country.
Given the fact that Ukraine and neighbouring countries have imposed restrictions on crossing the state borders, the State Border Service of Ukraine has released a list of checkpoints that operate between Ukraine and neighbouring countries. In addition, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Ukraine and most of the neighbouring countries have restricted entry of foreigners to their territory. Some border-crossing points remain open to international road transport.
Following a review, all additional lockdown restrictions ended in areas outside of Leicester City and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston on the 18th of July. This includes Charnwood and Blaby. These areas will now return to national social distancing guidelines. Some additional restrictions will continue in Leicester City and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston, but some restrictions will be relaxed on the 24th of July. Shielding must continue in all areas. The next review will take place on the 1st of August.