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HU 27.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in Hungary

The National Chief Medical Officer has issued a new resolution (already in force), and the following rules enter into force:

Art 6. Road freight transport drivers are to undergo a medical examination; and

a) Those who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19:

(aa) As a Hungarian citizen, if the destination is Hungary, the person must undergo official quarantine for a period of fourteen days after crossing the border.

(ab) As a foreign national, if the destination is Hungary, the person must leave the country within 24 hours from unloading the consignment.

(ac) In the case of transit traffic, the person has to leave the territory of Hungary in the shortest possible time and on the designated transit route.

(ad) Must wear a face mask and rubber gloves when travelling in Hungary.

b) Those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19:

(ba)Hungarian citizens will be housed in a designated quarantine facility.

(bb) Non-Hungarian citizens cannot enter the territory of Hungary.

Only Art 6.a) (ab), (ac), (ad), and Art 6.b) (bb) are applicable for international road freight transport drivers who are not Hungarian citizens.

The text of the resolution is available in Hungarian here.

Source: MKFE

 

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DK 27.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in Denmark

Extension of a temporary exemption in the driving and rest time rules regarding weekly rest

From 13 March 2020 until 11 April 2020, all national freight transport in Denmark has been exempted from the rules on weekly rest.  As of 26 March 2020, the temporary exemption covers both international and national freight transport.

 More information here (in English) or here (in Danish).

Sources: DLT and DI Transport

 

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BY 27.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in Belarus

Transit of freight road carriers through the Republic of Belarus

In accordance with Decree No.171 of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus dated 25 March 2020, all drivers performing transit of goods through Belarus are obligated to use only approved national roads and park in specified areas to rest, have meals or refuel, according to the list of roads and specified parking areas approved by the Decree.

Transit drivers are obligated to leave the territory of Belarus by the shortest route possible, by no later than the day after entry onto the territory of Belarus, unless it is impossible to comply with the specified period due to vehicle accident/breakdown, unloading or transshipment cargo, vehicle replacement, or if it is provided for within the terms of the contract of carriage and indicated in the transport documents.

If it is necessary to carry out any of the above operations, a deviation from the approved list of national road and specified parking areas is allowed. However, operations should be carried out in the shortest possible time.

While the vehicle is parked, transit drivers must not leave the parking area.

The list of approved national roads and specified parking areas attached in Decree No. 171 can be found here.

Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus

 

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CN 27.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in China

1. China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding valid visas or residence permits due to the rapid global spread of COVID-19, according to an announcement by the Foreign Ministry and the National Immigration Administration on Thursday.

The suspension - starting on Saturday 28 March - is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the practices of other countries.

In addition, entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected, and foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or out of emergency humanitarian need, may apply for visas at Chinese Embassies or Consulates.

(Note: C visas are issued to air crew members, railway and maritime staff, and international road transport drivers. Therefore, international drivers will be exempted from the above policy).

Source: the Foreign Ministry, the National Immigration Administration, China Daily

2. Chinese authorities have urged strict measures to prevent the return of a domestic outbreak while controlling the import of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). The central government have urged local governments to perform their duties in preventing cases, imported or exported through land and waterway transport, and implement measures to suspend cross-border international road transport and enhance management on international waterway transport.

Provincial governments should enforce quarantine measures for those entering the border through land ports in their administration, except for residents living at the border, diplomats, and people engaged in important trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation.

To guarantee unimpeded freight transport, measures to control and prevent COVID-19 must be carried out for drivers of freight vehicles. Foreign freight vehicles entering the border should unload at the port, unless the goods cannot be moved midway.

Source: The State Council of the People’s Republic of China

 

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ES 27.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in Spain

From 29 March until 12 April, Spain has introduced the following flexibility relating to compliance with EU Regulation 561/2006:

- Extension of the daily driving time from 9-10 hours twice per week, as long as the daily and weekly breaks are complied with.

- A 45-hour regular weekly rest and one 24-hour reduced weekly rest can be taken in a two-week period without the need to compensate the latter.

- The regular weekly rest can be taken in the cabin, provided that it is properly equipped to do so.

Source: CETM

 

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