I was hoping until the end that Germany would withdraw from the idea of requiring COVID-19 testing from road transport drivers entering from other countries. Unfortunately the requirement remains, and the queues at the borders are already many kilometres long.
Let’s recap: at the moment, all those entering from countries classified as areas with the new virus variants, including road hauliers and crew members, must pass a COVID-19 test. 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 allowed, as recommended by the Koch Institute. Antibody tests are not approved. The test must be carried out no earlier than 48 hours after entering Germany.
To sum up: drivers who are not in areas with new virus variants do not need to show tests. Important: whole Austria is not recognized as such an area, only part of Tyrol, which unfortunately includes the popular transit roads from Italy.
Below is a photo from one of the drivers – Tomek who has just crossed the Brennero Pass, in which you can see a line of trucks waiting to be tested in the parking lot in Vipiteno, in front of the Austrian border.