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
(Revised 20th May)
The situation at the borders has slightly changed. Especially on the border with Italy, smaller border crossing points are now closed while the most important border crossing points remain open. The same applies to the borders with Switzerland, Hungary and Slovakia.
Austria has lifted the weekend travel ban and has adjusted the driving and resting times. These adjustments for the driving and resting times will be in place from the 14th of April 2020 until the 15th of May 2020. It has been announced that these exceptions will not be extended any further. The suspension of the weekend driving ban has been extended until the 18th of May 2020.
Our partners are reporting that the networks are still working with their full capacity, however due to the measurements put in place by the Austrian government, many customers have closed down and/or have closed their goods receiving department. From Monday, the 14th of April 2020 onwards, Austria has decided to open up smaller shops again, therefore some consignees might be open again, but we kindly ask you to please check with your consignee.
Additionally, due to the border checks between Germany/Italy and Austria delays are reported at the border. Even though the situation at the Italian – Austrian border has improved, minor delays still occur.
Health checks are carried out at the border from Poland to Belarus.
Average delays of 1-2 days are reported.
The first measures regarding the lockdown have been lifted on the 4th of May 2020. All B2B businesses are allowed to open again. Further steps will be discussed in the next weeks, depending on the development.
Freight transportation is not affected in any way.
Before dispatching your shipment, please make sure that the consignee is in business and able to receive your shipment.
There are currently waiting times at the border with Croatia, due to reduced staff at the customs checks. The current waiting time to enter Croatia from Bosnia has decreased and now it is around 1 hour.
The Bulgarian government has lifted the state of emergency in the country and announced an emergency epidemic situation, which will be in place from the 14th of May 2020 to the 14th of June 2020. Entry bans for foreign nationals from risk areas are still in place, and the measures for international freight transports remain the same.
Since the 18th of March 2020, Bulgaria closed its borders for people coming from high-risk areas. There are special restrictions for truck drivers in place. Generally, there is a 14-day quarantine rule, which does not apply to foreign drivers if they leave Bulgaria immediately after unloading in Bulgaria or if they transit within 24 hours. Bulgarian drivers are also subject to the quarantine unless they are returning to one of the high-risk areas. In this instance, they must remain in quarantine until they leave.
The government has also suspended the driving and resting time restrictions. Since the 30th of March 2020, the border crossing point with Greece “Zlatograd – Thermes” has been closed until further notice. The checkpoints that had been established at the town of Bansko and all regional centres have been lifted. People’s movements is restricted to essential activities. Freight transport is not restricted, but delays are to be expected.
The Government of Bulgaria now requires truck drivers coming from countries with registered Covid-19 cases to undergo a 14-day quarantine. However, drivers are still allowed to transit Bulgaria for the purpose of carrying out or completing international transport and related activities. Therefore, Road Transport is not affected.
The government has also announced to suspend the holiday driving bans for trucks over 12 to between the 17th of April 2020 and the 17th of May 2020.
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 have relaxed and are at about 2-3 hours currently. The current waiting time to enter Croatia from Bosnia has decreased and it is around 1 hour.
We are expecting delays of at least 24 hours for deliveries and collections. Shuttle services are scheduled for Serbia, Bosnia and Slovenia.
The state of emergency in the Czech Republic has officially ended on the 17th of May 2020. All driving restrictions are in place again.
All transports to and from the Czech Republic are still possible with some delays to be expected at the borders, as the smaller border crossing points are closed and health checks are conducted.
Denmark is scaling back some measures of its lockdown. From this week, all retailers and department stores are allowed to open again. Next week, restaurants and cafés will follow. Please check if the consignees are open again before shipping any goods.
The government of Denmark has closed borders to neighbouring countries – these measures have now been extended until the 31st of May 2020. Freight transportation is still possible. Denmark has also decided to lift the restrictions of driving and resting times until the 10th of May 2020. We are expecting a positive impact on our operations.
The police will, as far as possible, take into account the access of trucks and, where possible, separate lanes for freight traffic will be made.
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. The Baltic states have decided that the free movement between the three states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) will be restored on 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 city of Helsinki also imposed a general lockdown but will not restrict the transport of goods.
Since the 19th of March 2020, Finland has closed its borders as well, which does not affect road transport. The government has prolonged the border controls on the Finnish border until the 14th of June 2020.
The government has suspended the driving and resting time restrictions until the 31st of May 2020. We are expecting a positive impact on our operations.
As announced by the government, France is now starting to leave the lockdown. Some shops are reopening, and people are allowed to leave their houses again. 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.
The French government has lifted the driving bans for vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes for the periods the 20th of May - the 21st of May 2020 and the 31st of May – the 1st of June 2020. It applies for vehicles transporting food (human or animal), hygiene or medical products (or any product needed for their development) and construction materials (the equipment required for any general public works or the construction of public buildings). 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. Delays in distribution are expected.
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 announced to open the borders to Austria, Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg as from the 16th of May 2020. The same has been announced for the border with Denmark, but the date is yet to be agreed on. 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 driving and resting times have been lifted until the 1st of June 2020. Additionally, the Sunday driving bans for trucks have been lifted in order to support the further flow of cargo.
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.
The Greek Prime Minister announced that Greece has imposed a national lockdown since the 23rd of March 2020. This does not affect freight transportation.
The Greek government has decided to suspend the traffic bans on the movement of trucks from the 16th of April to the 21st of April and the 30th of April to the 3rd of May.
The Greek government also introduced a new regulation on the 2nd of April, which requires drivers with a final destination in Greece, to start 14-day isolation after unloading. This isolation can, however, be ended prematurely when there is a need to make an international transport. In order to operate a transport on Greek territory, the isolation must at least be 7 days before starting the next operation. These self-isolation measures have been prolonged until the 15th of May 2020.
Since the 17th of March 2020, the Hungarian government has closed the borders. This does not apply for international transports or transit.
The delays to enter Hungary have relaxed and the waiting times are currently about 4 hours. Hungary also has imposed a national lockdown for its inhabitants since the 28th of March 2020. This does not affect road transportation in general.
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 government has now announced that in the “Phase 2” plan, most industries will be allowed to reopen again from the 4th of May 2020. For a full breakdown of which businesses are now allowed to open please click here.
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. We expect a positive impact on our operations.
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 government of Latvia has imposed restrictions for truck drivers entering the country. Currently, freight transport is not affected in any way.
Lithuania has extended the country-wide lockdown until the 11th of May 2020. Since the 16th of April 2020, smaller shops are allowed to reopen again. Lithuanian drivers must go into a 14-day quarantine when returning to the country but are allowed to leave if they have to perform another transport.
Lithuania is on quarantine and foreigners are not allowed to enter, which does not apply to freight transportation. Health checks are conducted, which might lead to delays when entering to Lithuania. The traffic jams at the border to Poland have been cleared for now and traffic is running smoothly. Several smaller border checkpoints have been closed.
The Dutch government has also closed down public spaces, without any restrictions on transports. These measures have been prolonged until the 20th of May 2020. No delays are reported.
The government has also decided to suspend the driving and resting times until the 1st of June 2020, we are expecting a positive impact on our operations.
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. 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 come 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.
The Portuguese government has decided to extend the state of emergency until the 17th of May 2020.
Road traffic has been stopped in general at the Portuguese borders, which does not apply to freight transports.
Portugal has entered the first phase to ease the lockdown, which can be renewed every 15 days. Social distancing is still in place, and masks are obligatory in public spaces and therefore also recommended for drivers. 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).
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.
The Government has announced that the Russian borders will remain closed indefinitely, but freight transport will still be allowed.
Since 20 March 2020, for a period of one month, the Russian Government has cancelled all restrictions (including customs) on the supply of basic consumer goods and a “green corridor” has been established for importers and large retail chains. A zero rate of customs duties has been levied on the import of a number of goods, including medicines and medical products. The Government has announced that the non-working period will be extended until 11 May 2020. Several restrictions are in place for the city of Moscow and the surrounding regions, however, freight transportation is still possible.
The Serbian government has introduced new regulations for international transports. Transports with deliveries in Serbia may only be 12 hours on Serbian territory. For transits through the country there will be no police escort, but the drivers will have to use specific corridors to transit and certain locations to take a break.
The delays at the Serbian-Hungarian border are currently about 2-4 hours on both sides. The situation on the Serbian-Croatian border has relaxed and the waiting times are at about 2-3 hours on entry to Croatia. In the distribution, delays of at least 24 hours can be expected.
Since the announcement on the 27th of March 2020 by the Slovakian government to close all borders to neighbouring countries, the situation has relaxed, and traffic is running smoothly. The random health checks at the border are still being conducted. The Slovakian government has decided to close all shops, bars, restaurants etc.
It has been announced that the planned driving bans for the 1st, 3rd, 8th and 10th of May 2020 have been lifted.
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. The 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
The traffic at the other borders is going quite smoothly. The delays at the Croatian-Slovenian border have relaxed. We are currently expecting delays of at least 24 hours for all collections and deliveries made.
Slovenia has loosened the rules for resting times for all drivers until the 14th of May 2020.
After all non-vital businesses in Spain have been closed for two weeks, the Spanish government has announced to ease strict lockdown measures. Most of the country is now in “phase 1” of easing the lockdown, which includes more retailers opening up again. Barcelona and Madrid are currently the only two regions in “phase 0.5”, as they were hit hardest. There, only smaller shops are allowed to reopen again.
The Spanish authorities have confirmed that the transport of goods is generally considered “essential” and drivers, therefore, do not need a certificate for every shipment confirming its relevance. We are still expecting delays in the Spanish domestic networks, as many customers have now adjusted their opening times.
The Spanish government announced that the state of emergency in the country will be extended until the 24th of May 2020. Relaxations on driving and resting times have also been established and are valid until the 31st of May 2020. The border controls at the Spanish borders will be extended until the 24th of May 2020 as well. The mandatory 14-days quarantine for individuals returning from abroad, announced by the Spanish government on the 12th of May 2020, does not apply to drivers performing international transport operations.
With an update from the Swiss government on the 16th of April 2020, all shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment facilities will remain closed until the 11th of May 2020. The first stores (DIY-stores and similar) will be allowed to reopen on the 27th of April 2020.
Switzerland has also lifted the restrictions on driving and resting times for transports related to essential services, such as food and medicine. We are expecting a positive impact on our operations. The Swiss government has decided to extend the border controls at their borders until the 24th of April 2020.
Please check with all consignors if the shipments can be delivered to the consignees. All hazardous goods, which cannot be delivered, will be returned.
There will be a total lockdown in Turkey from 23 May to 26 May 2020. This might affect deliveries and transit times.
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. We will observe how these changes will impact the situation at the border.
From last week, barbers and shopping malls are allowed to open again. Please check if the consignees are open again before shipping any goods.
The government of Ukraine now carries out checks at their borders which leads to considerable delays of 13-23 hours.
Incoming persons are put into a 14-day quarantine, however truck drivers are exempt from this rule.
The government of the UK has declared a country-wide lockdown for three weeks. All non-essential retail stores have been ordered to close – clothing, electronic stores, salons, markets, libraries, community centres and leisure centres. On the 16th of April 2020, the UK Government extended the lockdown for another three weeks.
The UK government has announced that the logistics sector is considered essential and will therefore not be subject to a shutdown.
The UK government has decided to lift the restrictions on driving and resting times. We are expecting a positive impact on our operations. These measures have been extended until the 31st of May 2020.
Before dispatching your shipment, please make sure that the consignee is in business and able to receive your 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. It has also been announced that the driving and resting times in Northern Ireland have been lifted until the 31st of May 2020.