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In Italy, Spain, Serbia, and Lithuania, new corona restrictions apply to truck drivers

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Other countries are introducing precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In the past few days, new restrictions have been introduced in Italy, Spain, Serbia and Lithuania.

The Dutch transport association TLN (Transport en Logistiek Nederland) announced yesterday that new corona-related restrictions apply in Italy. These concern the people who have been in Croatia, Greece, Spain or Malta within the last two weeks or who have carried out transit traffic in one of these countries.

Truck drivers are exempt from this only if they meet the following conditions:

- provide proof that you are entering Italy for professional reasons

- fill out a self-declaration (in English) before entering Italy. The association emphasizes that professional drivers are not allowed to spend more than 120 hours in Italy (36 hours on the road). Then they should leave the Italian territory or go into quarantine.

In mid-August, the Spanish Ministry of Health decided to take a special measure to limit the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants, pubs and hotel facilities must remain closed at night. The Spanish freight forwarders' association Fenadismer warns that this can make the work of truck drivers more difficult.

As Fenadismer explains, all of these facilities must be closed by 1:00 a.m. After midnight it is no longer allowed to serve new customers.

New restrictions were also introduced in Serbia this month. Since August 15, travelers from the territories of Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Croatia have to present a negative corona test (carried out no earlier than 48 hours before entering Serbia). Transit journeys that include the above-mentioned countries will be permitted without test results if their duration does not exceed 12 hours.

In addition, in Serbia there is a mask requirement and social distancing in closed rooms. There must be a distance of 1.5 m to each other. As soon as it is not possible outside (e.g. in a queue), wearing a mask becomes mandatory.

Additional corona restrictions have also been introduced in Lithuania. Since August 24th, travelers have to present a negative Covid test, which has to be done no later than 72 hours before arrival. They are also required to be isolated within 14 days.

Truck drivers are exempt if they:

- Handle transit trips (in this case, not only truck drivers, but also other travelers are exempt from the isolation requirement and the Covid test). Short breaks for vital needs are allowed.

- do not stay in Lithuania for more than 72 hours. Otherwise, truck drivers also have to be tested for Covid-19 within the next 24 hours and comply with the isolation requirement for 14 days. More information can be found in our further article.

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