After the introduction of the obligation to have a negative COVID-19 test result, which we wrote about here, many kilometres of traffic jams at the borders have formed as expected. The restrictions, introduced by the Germans, from the very beginning seemed, from the point of view of road transport and the idea of the Green Lanes system, not very logical, to define it gently, and the practice only confirmed it.
Well, it was to be expected that such a move would encourage governments of other countries to immediately impose their own restrictions on the so-called “Reciprocity”. This applies to Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic. Basic information about the activities of the countries listed below.
The Czech Republic has been requiring drivers to have a special international employee form since a long time ago. The obligation to register in the Czech system and have a negative COVID-19 test result generally does not apply to drivers of international transport, with one exception: from midnight on 14.02.2021, international transport drivers traveling through the Czech Republic to the Federal Republic of Germany and via the Federal Republic of Germany to the Czech Republic are required to have a negative coronavirus test before entering the territory of the Czech Republic. The test cannot be older than 36 hours.
The test can be performed in the Czech Republic, sampling sites for testing are available at this link. According to the regulation of the Czech Ministry of Health, such action turned out to be necessary due to the inclusion of the Czech Republic, by Germany, on the list of countries with the “new variant COVID-19”. Please note that the Czech Republic will introduce random border checks to verify compliance with this measure, so drivers in transit through the country may need to present a test during these roadside checks.
Since yesterday, gigantic, many kilometres long queues have formed in front of the German-Czech border crossings, on both sides of the border. When planning your trip, consider a different route.
Austria – Tyrol
In response to the German regulations, from 14.02.2021 all freight drivers traveling to Germany from the territory of Tyrol or transiting through Tyrol are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test.
Drivers from Italy transiting to Germany via the Brennero Pass will have to show a negative COVID-19 test result before entering Austria.
In order to minimize the inconvenience for road hauliers traveling to Germany via Austrian territory required to show a negative Covid-19 antigen smear certificate (in English or German) carried out in the last 48 hours, Italy has launched driver testing stations. The station was set up before entering the Brennero Pass, and the province of Bolzano is preparing further stations for testing near the crossing with Austria. Further stations will eventually be launched as the situation evolves.
On the Brenner motorway towards the north, between Bressanone and Brennero, the truck queue is approximately 40 km long. In the absence of a negative test certificate, vehicles are directed to the A4 and A23 for entry into Austria via the Tarvisio Pass (towards Villach).
Today, 16.02.2021 from 3.00 am, the A22 motorway from Verona on the north side has been closed to heavy traffic and all traffic has been diverted to Travisio. For trucks that were on the affected section of A22 last night (over 800 vehicles), a test site has been allocated and drivers will only be able to continue their journey with a negative test result. However, so far no one has answered the question what about drivers whose result turns out to be positive.
Everyone entering from countries classified as areas with new virus variants, including road hauliers and crew members, must be tested negative for COVID-19. These areas are:
- Czech Republic
- Austria – the federal state of Tyrol (except the political district of Lienz (East Tyrol), the district commune of Jungholz and the Riss valley in the district commune of Vomp and Eben am Achensee)
Confirmation of the negative test result or the appropriate medical certificate should be presented on paper or in an electronic document, in German, English or French. All persons over 6 years of age who have been in areas with new virus variants in the last 10 days must be tested, without any exceptions.
Most of the tests and rapid antigen tests are recognized, as recommended by the Koch Institute. Antibody tests are not accepted. The test must be carried out no earlier than 48 hours from entering Germany.
Additionally, drivers must register their journey at www.einreiseanmeldung.de
Nobody knows the answer to this question. Perhaps the call of large carrier organizations as well as the authorities of the regions affected by these decisions to withdraw these regulations. Many protesters raise the issue of the breach of the Green Lanes agreement, which was introduces to ensure the continuity of freight traffic in Europe.
We will inform if anything changes.