A lorry driver’s guide to Covid-19 restrictions in Europe (Updated 05/05/2021)

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A lorry driver’s guide to Covid-19 restrictions in Europe (Updated 05/05/2021)

Coronavirus is rapidly on the rise in Europe, causing more governments to introduce restrictions of varying degrees across the continent. In this comprehensive guide dedicated to lorry drivers, you’ll find key info on the Covid-19 restrictions in each country, plus the documentation you may need to be exempt from curfew or lockdown.

The guide currently contains information on the four nations of the UK, all mainland EU member states as well as Norway, Switzerland, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Turkey. More nations will be added in due course.

The countries are listed in alphabetical order below, so scroll down the page to find the country that concerns you.

Updates will also be added to this page in the coming days and weeks, so you can keep abreast with changes easily by revisiting this post on a regular basis.

Please note that within the European Union, lorry drivers are currently exempt from quarantine when crossing borders. Lorry drivers can also cross borders within the EU – even if that country have closed their borders to the public. In order to be exempt from local curfews, drivers operating within the EU can also carry a completed copy of the European Union Certificate For Transport Workers.

To access information on the current rules in each country, you can either scroll down the page below or click on the map. Please note that the text below contains some useful links not accessible on the map.

The country colour code for the map above is based on restrictions, not Covid-19 case counts.

The countries with lesser restrictions (e.g. no exemption permits required and bars and restaurants etc are open) are green and light orange, while countries with stronger restrictions (e.g. lockdowns, curfews, exemption permit requirements and restaurants closed) are dark orange and red. For an EU map based on Covid-19 incidences, go here.

If you wish to know the amount of Covid-19 cases in a particular country in Europe, simply click or tap on that country in the chart embedded below.

In the meantime, here is our summary of the current restrictions that apply across Europe. Updates are posted above the list so that you can have quick access to the latest changes.

The information has been compiled using data from the European Union’s Re-open website, the embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States of America, as well as the respective government websites of the countries on the map.

We will endeavor to update the map as much as possible, but for up-to-the-minute information, we recommend you visit the ‚additional info’ websites we have listed for every country.


Albania

Are there any curfews in the country?

Yes, — as of April 12, 2021, there will be a daily curfew from 10:00pm to 6:00am, until further notice. Bars, restaurants, fast food, and other similar activities are prohibited from operating between 10:00pm and 6:00am, except for delivery services.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Not yet however, on June 1st, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants may open with social distancing measures.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Wearing a mask in public areas, indoors and outdoors, for any individual 11 years old and above is currently mandatory. Non-compliance with this rule may result in a fine up to 3,000 ALL.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

There is no such service in Albania. However, you can get up-to-date information from the US Embassy in English here.


Austria

Are there any curfews in the country?

Yes, a curfew is currently in force between 8pm and 6am until May 19th.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Accommodation establishments may offer services only to business travelers and for other essential reasons, but not for tourists. On May 19th, the restrictions on tourists shall be relaxed.

Starting from 19 May, catering establishments may receive customers again with comprehensive health measures in place. To receive services, guests will have to register and provide either a negative test result, a proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from a COVID-19 infection. Closing hour shall be 22.00. Maximum 4 people per table inside and maximum 10 people per table outside shall be allowed.

What are the rules regarding masks?

A FFP2 mask must be worn indoors in all public areas, in shops and on public transport.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Belgium

Are there any curfews in the country?

Yes. A national curfew from midnight to 5.00 is in place. Local authorities have the flexibility and authority to adapt and restrict travel restrictions and non-essential activities in accordance with the epidemiological situation in their area. People going to work, coming home from work, or moving for assistance to a vulnerable person, are exempted.

From 8 May, the curfew will be replaced by a ban on gatherings: between midnight and 5.00, gatherings may only take place in public areas with a maximum of 3 people or with members of the same household (people living under the same roof).

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Accommodations (hotels, B&B’s etc.) may be opened, with the exception of their restaurants, bars and communal facilities (pool, fitness). Guests are only allowed to have meals in their room. Holiday parks (campsites, bungalow parks) are closed, with the exception of holiday residencies, bungalows, chalets, and camping equipment intended for use by the owner, or a household that has habitual residency there.

From 8 May, outside terraces of bars and restaurants will reopen.

What are the rules regarding masks?

From the age of 12, face masks are mandatory in public transport (including at stops and stations), in shops and shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, concert and conference venues, auditoria, places of worship, museums, libraries, justice buildings, markets, flea markets and funfairs, public buildings for the parts accessible to the public, in catering establishments, in shopping streets, for close-contact professions and their customers.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Bosnia

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes but with many regional restrictions and exceptions.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Mask wearing and social distancing are required in public transport, in public places and outside in most parts of the country, and there can be restrictions on the numbers of people gathering.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

There is no such service in Bosnia. However, you can get up-to-date information from the US Embassy in English here.


Bulgaria

Are there any curfews in the country?

No

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Visits to catering establishments are allowed between 6:00 and 23:00, using up to 50% of the total capacity. The wearing of a facemask is mandatory for the staff.

Hotels are open but meals must be eaten in rooms rather than the hotel restaurant.

What are the rules regarding masks?

The use of masks or similar means that cover nose and mouth is mandatory in indoor public spaces, including means of public transport, medical establishments, pharmacies, opticians, national centres for public health, administrative institutions, railway and bus stations, airports, metro stations, shops, churches, monasteries, temples, museums, etc. and in every condition in which it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.

The use of masks or similar means that cover nose and mouth is also mandatory in open public places, in crowded areas and whenever it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from other people.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Croatia

Are there any curfews in the country?

No

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Shops are open, but the general public health recommendations on physical distancing, personal hygiene and disinfection should be maintained.

Following the general public health recommendations on physical distancing, personal hygiene and disinfection, accomodation services are open.

Restaurants, bars and cafés are allowed to serve in outdoor spaces, and to offer take-away and delivery services. Opening time is between 06.00 and 22.00. Regional and local restrictions may apply.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Face masks are required in all public indoor spaces. Wearing face masks is also recommended outdoors when it is not possible to keep a safe social distance.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Czech Republic

Are there any curfews in the country?

No.

What are the rules regarding masks?

As of 10th May, it is no longer mandatory to wear a facemask outdoors provided that a maximum number of 2 people is observed on less than 2 metres.

The usage of a facemask is still mandatory within territorial clusters (for example in healthcare and social service facilities, on public transport, when travelling by subway etc.), with some exceptions.

Wearing a facemask is also compulsory in vehicles with people who do not belong to the same household and in developed areas of municipalities open to the public, if there are more than two people present, who are closer than two metres from each other and who are not members of the same household.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Hotels remain open for lorry drivers.

Catering establishments are temporarily closed. Takeaway is possible between 06:00 and 22:00, while home delivery is available without time limits.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Denmark

Are there any curfews in the country?

No.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Supermarkets and certain shops and stores are allowed to stay open.

Special rules apply to hotel facilities open to the public. For further details, see virksomhedsguiden.dk.

Catering establishments can stay open between 5:00 and 23:00 and guests can be served until 22:00 (both indoors and outdoors). A pre-booking is required.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Masks are mandatory for people from the age of 12 in the following situations:

  • in stores, cultural venues and schools;
  • in retail shops, including durable goods shops, grocery shops, shopping centres, department stores, hypermarkets, bazaars and shopping arcades;
  • on public transport, in train station areas and at bus stops;
  • for people at risk of infection and their relatives and in hospitals and clinics;
  • in a professional context, where frequent or prolonged face-to-face contact can not be avoided;
  • in establishments selling food, drinks or tobacco for consumption on-site, for example when visiting restaurants, cafés, patisseries, bakeries, fast food restaurants and more in general where there is indoor seating;
  • in premises for cultural, sports and recreational activities, including museums, sports centres, fitness centres, art exhibitions, music venues, libraries, cultural centres, zoos, cinemas, theatres and club premises;
  • during religious celebrations;
  • in education establishments;
  • during practical driving tests.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


England

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes. As of Thursday November 5th, the country will enter a 4-week lockdown. Non-essential shops will close, but can still be used as a pick-up point for items purchased online. Bars, Restaurants and cafes will all be closed during the lockdown, and citizens should only leave their accommodation for essential shopping, work, exercise, visiting clinics and hospitals or caring for the vulnerable.

Travel abroad is only permitted for work reasons, which of course, means there are no additional Covid-19 restrictions on road freight entering the UK.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Between now and Thursday, some bars, cafes and restaurants will remain open in areas not under tier-3 restrictions. To see if you are in such a region, consult this map. However, as of Thursday, all of these places must close and operate as take-aways only for 4 weeks. Hotels can remain open for work and business travel only, meaning lorry drivers should still have access to accommodation during the lockdown.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Masks should be worn in most indoor spaces and on public transport. More info is available here.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.

Additional info

Lorry drivers do not need to self-isolate on arrival to the UK. However, they do need to complete the passenger locator form beforehand. Drivers will need to show their travel is part their job, for example via a letter from their employer, a consignment note or their operator’s licence.


Estonia

Are there any curfews in the country?

No.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

There is a 25% occupancy limitation and opening time restrictions in force for the indoor sales area of stores, the service area of a service provider, and the area of public use of a commercial enterprise.

Stores and commercial enterprises are closed. Selling from a window and drive-in sales in outdoor spaces remain allowed.

Since the 3rd of May, dining in the outdoor areas of catering establishments is permitted until 21.00. The 50% maximum occupancy rule must be respected, and there can be up to 10 people at the same table. Food and drink consumption in the indoor areas of catering establishments continues to be prohibited (selling food for takeaway continues to be allowed).

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Finland

Are there any curfews in the country?

No

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Non-essential shops are open with the following safety measures: limitation of the number of visitors, physical distancing and guidance on personal hygiene.

Hotels are permitted to open, but some tourist accommodation places remain closed due to lack of customers as well as financial reasons.

Cafes and restaurants are open, but must obey the following rules:
  • every customer must have their own seat
  • customers must be provided with information and instructions on how to prevent COVID-19 infections
  • customers must be able to wash their hands, and premises and surfaces must be kept clean
  • businesses are responsible for ensuring safe distances between their customers

What are the rules regarding masks?

The National Institute for Health and Welfare recommends the use of masks in public transportation and among the public in areas that experienced covid-19 cases within the last 14 days. Masks are also recommended while waiting for a covid-19 test result and for travellers from high risk areas while commuting from the border to their quarantine facility. In regions with increasing covid-19 incidence, masks are also recommended in second and tertiary level education and in public spaces. Regional State Administrative Officials can make additional recommendations.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


France

Are there any curfews in the country?

Yes, a curfew is in effect in Metropolitan France. Between 19:00 and 06:00 you may leave your residence only for essential reasons.

However certificates to move during the day are no longer necessary, and inter-regional movements are possible again.

From May 19th the curfew will start at 21:00, and from June 9th the curfew will start at 23:00. Finally, on June 30th, the curfew will be completely lifted.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Non-essential shops are currently closed and are expected to re-open on the 19th of May.

Restaurants, bars and cafés are closed. Terraces are expected to re-open on 19th May, with a maximum of 6 people per table. Restaurants and cafés are expected to re-open on 9th June, with a maximum of 6 people per table.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Masks are compulsory in enclosed public places. Furthermore, wearing a mask is also compulsory for anyone over 11 years old in all public spaces, public transport, in crowded areas, taxi, restaurants, cafés, bars (compulsory for staff and customers when moving around), at school (compulsory for teachers, educational staff and students – not recommended in kindergartens), in casinos, and for vulnerable people.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Germany

Are there any curfews in the country?

As of 24th April, a new Infection Protection Act comes into force.

A so-called „emergency brake” is automatically activated if the number of new infections in a district or city exceeds 100 per 100,000 inhabitants for 3 days in a row. In such case, an overnight curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 would apply in the area.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Restaurants, bars and cafés are closed (except for take-away).

Hotels remain open for lorry drivers.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Everybody aged above 6 must wear a face mask in public transport, public buildings and shops. Medical masks (surgical masks, KN95, or FFP2 masks) are required. Face masks should also be worn in places where social distance (1.5 metres) cannot be maintained. Mask wearing is obligatory in schools for pupils from the seventh grade (12-13 years) upwards.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Greece

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a curfew between 23:00 and 05:00 is in effect. In some regions, depending on epidemiological data, additional restrictions apply.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Different restrictions apply in „red” and „yellow” areas (find out more at covid19.gov.gr/covid-map).

Tourism accommodations are available under specific hygiene protocols.

As of May 3rd, restaurants,bars and cafés are open (outdoor spaces only, and opening hours between 05:00 and 22:45).

Up to 6 individuals are allowed per table. Two customers seated on stools are allowed in front of the bar (1.5 metres distance must be kept from the next two customers).

The use of masks is mandatory for customers waiting for a table, and strongly recommended for those already seated.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Citizens are encouraged to apply physical distance rules everywhere. Special social distancing rules have been set for a wide range of places, such as hospitals, medical centres, restaurants, cafés, offices, schools, universities, supermarkets, shopping malls, public transportation vehicles and stations, small shops, barbershops, places of worship, lifts, etc.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Hungary

Are there any curfews in the country?

A curfew is in place from 22:00 to 5:00 and only movements for essential reasons are allowed (work, health, taking the dog for a walk within 500 metres from the place of residence). In order to go out, it is always required to bring a specific certificate.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Stores can be open between 5:00 and 21:30, provided that a capacity of 1 customer/10 square metres is observed.

Tourism accommodations are open only for guests arriving for business, economic or educational purposes. Safety and hygiene measures are in place, wearing a facemask is mandatory as well as maintaining a safety distance of 1.5 metres at least.

As of 24 April, catering establishments can open their outdoor spaces between 5:00 and midnight.

What are the rules regarding masks?

People visiting public places (shops, shopping malls, health and social care institutions, reception offices) as well as people using public transport and taxis, are required to wear a facemask or otherwise cover their faces with mask-like substitutes (scarves, shawls, etc.).

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Ireland

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No, but Ireland is currently under its level 5 restrictions, which entail the closure of many facilities.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs may remain open, but only to support provision of essential services. This includes providing accomodation and meals to lorry drivers. In other cases, bars, cafes and restaurants may offer a take-away service.

What are the rules regarding masks?

It is mandatory to wear a face covering if you are using public transport and in public indoor spaces, like in shops or in shopping centres. This is the law – you may be fined or refused entry if you don’t wear one.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here. The website explains all the restrictions that apply while in level 5 of the country’s ‚Living with Covid’ system.


Italy

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, as of Monday October 26th, the regions of Lombardy, Lazio, Campania, Calabria, Sicily and Piedmont have declared nighttime restrictions on movement. In the case of Lombardy, the curfew is active between 11pm and 6am.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Bars and restaurants must close to the public from 6pm, takeaway service is still allowed – as long as customers do not eat at or outside the premises. Food delivery is also permitted. Hotels remain open, as do hotels restaurants and eateries located on motorways. Eating and drinking at the table is allowed for a maximum of 4 people per table, unless they all live together.

What are the rules regarding masks?

It is mandatory to wear masks in closed spaces, including means of transport and in any situation where it is not possible to guarantee the interpersonal safety distance. Moreover, it is mandatory to always bring a respiratory protective device and wear it outdoors, with the exception of places where the condition of isolation from other people is guaranteed. Children under six years of age, those who are carrying out sport activities as well as people with forms of disability not compatible with the use of the mask are not subject to the obligation. The use of facemasks is strongly recommended even in private homes, in the presence of non-cohabiting people. More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Kosovo

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes; there are curfews in place from 2230-0500.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels are all permitted to open. Places that sell food are prohibited from operating between 11:30pm and 5am.

What are the rules regarding masks?

When outside, you are obliged to keep your mouth and nose covered and maintain a distance of 2m from other people. Masks are also required indoor public places.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

There is no such service in Albania. However, you can get up-to-date information from the US Embassy in English here.


Latvia

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

A state of national emergency applies until December 6th.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Food service venues may only serve food as take-out, except for those in educational institutions, at workplaces and at the Riga airport.

What are the rules regarding masks?

It is mandatory to wear masks on public transport. More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.

Additional info – Latvia’s electronic questionnaire:

The Latvian Government have introduced a new ‘electronic questionnaire’ that everyone entering the country will have to fill in using a computer or smartphone.

The electronic questionnaire can be filled in online in English via https://covidpass.lv/en/. Ideally, the document should be completed prior to crossing the border.

The person must indicate in the questionnaire his / her name, surname, personal identification code, contact telephone number and address of actual residence where the person will be reached, as well as countries and dates of departure during the last 14 days before arrival in the territory of Latvia, etc. For each adult, the certificate must be completed separately, for minors, the certificate must be completed by parents or legal guardians.

After filling in the confirmation form, the person entering Latvia will receive a personalized QR code, which will confirm the submission of data. If the QR code is lost, the website will have the function „receive QR code” again by entering the e-mail address.

The data indicated in the questionnaire will be automatically transferred to law enforcement authorities – the State Police (VP), the State Border Guard (VRS) and Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Personal data will be stored for 30 days for the purpose of using the information received for epidemiological security and traceability of contact persons. After 30 days, personal data will be automatically deleted.


Lithuania

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Lithuania has gone into lockdown. Bars, restaurants and cafes must close, with the exception of those dedicated to staff. The lockdown will last until 27th November and you can find more detailed information in English here.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Only for takeaway.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Face masks are mandatory on public transport and in enclosed shopping and service provision locations. More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Luxembourg

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Authorities in Luxembourg have announced that a nationwide 23:00-06:00 curfew is currently in effect. During the curfew, individuals may only leave their homes for essential reasons. The measure will last until November 30th at least. Public gatherings are limited to four people inside private residences, or at restaurants, while organized public gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed. Facemasks remain mandatory on public transport and in public spaces.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, but with coronavirus measures in place.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Facemasks (any protection covering nose and mouth) are mandatory when the social distance of 2 metres cannot be respected (for people not living under the same roof), in closed places and on public transport. More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Montenegro

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes,  In the municipality of Žabljak, it is forbidden to leave residential buildings between 22:00 and 5:00 the next day. Those who need to break the curfew for professional reasons, may do so, but with a certificate from their employer.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

There are varying restrictions on the opening of restaurants, cafes and bars in different regions of Montenegro. Fortunately you can find the latest information on these rules in English here. If you go to point 36, the information is there.

Please note that in even areas where restaurants must remain closed, hotel restaurants are exempt from the ruling.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Wearing protective masks outdoors and indoors is mandatory throughout Montenegro, including children older than 5 years, except on beaches and in national parks, provided that physical distancing and previously prescribed measures are respected.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.

Additional info:

Lorry drivers are exempt from border restrictions


Netherlands

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a partial lockdown has been in place since mid-October. As a consequence, bars, restaurants and cafes are generally closed (see below).

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

All establishments that serve food and drinks are closed, with the exception of hotels. Also, no alcohol can be sold or delivered in hotels (room-service included) between 20.00 and 07.00. Take-aways are permitted at any hour.

What are the rules regarding masks?

In general, it is strongly advised to wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces. The use of non-medical facemasks is mandatory in public transport for all passengers aged 13 and over. Also, it is compulsory to wear a non-medical facemask at the airport and in the aircraft.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Northern Ireland

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a 4-week ‚circuit breaker’ lockdown started on October 16th.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

From Friday 16 October, restaurants and pubs can only offer takeaway or delivery. All takeaway businesses most close by 23:00

What are the rules regarding masks?

Masks should be worn in most indoor spaces and on public transport. More info is available here.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


North Macedonia

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a curfew is now in place between 9pm and 5am. Lorry drivers are exempt, but should have proof from their employer  that they are breaking the curfew for work purposes.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, but with some restrictions. The maximum number of diners at one table in restaurants and bars is limited to four.

On October 5, 2020, the Government of North Macedonia introduced additional measures limiting the maximum number of diners to four at one table in restaurants and bars. Additionally, singers, music bands, and DJs were prohibited from performing in restaurants and bars where food and drinks are served, including restaurants in hotels or motels. On October 20, 2020, the Government of North Macedonia adopted stricter measures to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country.  These include restricting the working hours of hospitality businesses to no later than 11 p.m.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Individuals must practice two-meter social distancing in public and wear a protective face covering in closed public spaces, including markets, shops, banks, post offices, health facilities, and public transport, as well as in open spaces where it is not possible to maintain a two-meter distance. Gathering in public places is permitted while practicing social distancing and wearing protective masks.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

There is no such service in North Macedonia. However, you can get up-to-date information from the US Embassy in English here.


Norway

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, but with coronavirus measures in place.

What are the rules regarding masks?

The use of masks is not required in public. However, when travelling by plane, airline companies require all passengers to wear masks. More in depth, the use of face masks is recommended when travelling by public transport to, from and within Oslo as well as for public transport in the Indre Østfold Region (Indre Østfold, Marker, Rakkestad, Skiptvedt municipalities) when there are many people on board and it is impossible to keep a 1 metre distance from others.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Poland

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No, but there are relatively strict ‚red zone’ restrictions in place across Poland, which mean bars, restaurants and cafes are closed (see below).

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Cafes, bars and restaurants are closed – only take-away is still possible. However, hotels remain open to guests.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Wearing masks is currently compulsory in public places across the whole country.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Portugal

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, in 121 municipalities on the Portuguese mainland, there is currently a curfew between 11 pm and 5 am and from 1 pm on weekends.

Among the special measures implemented in these municipalities is the duty to stay at home, except for the 26 reasons for authorised travel, which include purchases of goods and services, performance of professional activities, obtaining health care, assistance to vulnerable people, school attendance, access to cultural facilities, physical activity, participation in social volunteering, pet walks, animal feeding, exercise of freedom of the press and travel necessary to leave the continental national territory.

Lorry drivers require an exemption form in order to carry out their duties during the 11pm-5am curfew. The European Union Certificate For Transport Workers is accepted for this purpose.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, cafes, restaurants and bars remain open but with coronavirus measures in place. They are however be required to close at 10.30pm.

What are the rules regarding masks?

The use of face masks is mandatory for residents aged 10 years or over in public transport, shops and supermarkets, and all other public indoor spaces. It is also mandatory in all other outdoor spaces where it is not possible to maintain 1.5 metre distance and when people are not from the same household. Exemptions to the requirement to wear a mask exist for (certified) medical reasons.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Romania

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a curfew is to enter into force on November 9th between 23:00 and 5:00. In addition, all shops must limit their working hours to 5am-9 pm, except for pharmacies and petrol stations, while indoor markets all over the country are required to close as of November 9.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Hotels, guesthouses, camping units have been allowed to open, but only when observing a specific set health-safety of rules.

Indoor restaurants and bars, playgrounds and indoor fitness, sauna and pool facilities in hotels remain closed. Food is served through room service.

What are the rules regarding masks?

The use of face masks is mandatory in all closed public spaces, commercial spaces, public transport and the workplace.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

There is no official coronavirus information service for Romania available in English. Alternatively, English speakers van go here to read the latest travel advice on the country from the UK Government.


Scotland

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No, but strict restrictions are in place.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, depending on the region. In the country’s central belt, which includes Edinburgh and Glasgow, bars and restaurants are currently closed.

In other areas of the country, all premises may only open indoors between 6 am and 6 pm, with no sale of alcohol. They may however remain open outdoors until 10pm, including for the sale of alcohol.

Update 20/11/2020: As of today, 11 regions in Scotland will be subject to the tier 4 coronavirus restrictions – the strongest level in the nation’s 5 tier system. The 11 council areas affected are across western and central Scotland, including Glasgow. It will mean non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and gyms will have to close, although schools will still be open. The level four restrictions will remain in place until 11 December.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Masks should be worn in most indoor spaces and on public transport. More info is available here.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Serbia

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, of November 17th, all services, including bars, restaurants, cafés, stores, supermarkets, shopping malls, theaters, and cinemas will be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.  These restrictions do not apply to pharmacies, gas stations, and food delivery services.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

See the lockdown rules above.

What are the rules regarding masks?

The use of face coverings is required in all indoor locations, as well as outdoors when required physical distancing is not possible, for example waiting in line to enter stores or at bus stops. Face coverings are recommended elsewhere outdoors.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Slovakia

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

As of 24.10.2020 a partial lockdown and partial curfew (apart from between 1:00 and 5:00) are in place and non-essential tourism accommodation may be closed. Stricter curfew measures are imposed in the Orava and Bardejov Districts.

Update 17/11/2020: A temporary relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for lorry drivers delivering goods domestically and internationally has been introduced.

The exemption is valid from November 11th to December 10th 2020. According to the Polish Road Transportation Authority, the loosening of EU Regulation 561/2006 includes the following:

– the extension of the maximum daily driving time limit from 9 to 11 hours,
– the extension of the maximum weekly driving time limit from 56 to 60 hours,
– the extension of the maximum two-week driving period from 90 to 96 hours,
– the possibility of a 45-minute break after 5.5 hours of driving,
– the possibility of using, during the duration of the leave, a reduced daily rest of at least 9 hours.

At the same time, the Slovak authorities point out that the relaxed rules on working and rest times must not endanger the safety of the driver or other road users.

Update 02/11/2020: Slovakia has introduced mandatory testing and quarantine for most travellers entering its territory. At the time of writing, we know that lorry drivers are exempt from quarantine. Initial reports from a Polish haulier operating in the country suggests that drivers are also exempt from Covid-19 tests. However, we cannot 100% confirm the information at this stage.

Drivers should fill in their exemption forms, which can be downloaded here. The first three lines in the document below the EU flag are for writing your Name and surname, date of birth, and place of residence. Lorry drivers should tick the first box on the form and have their employer sign it at the bottom.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, but only for outdoor dining and with strict measures in place. Hotels may remain open to serve key-workers, including lorry drivers.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Wearing of face covering in outdoor public spaces is mandatory if it is not possible to maintain a safety distance of two metres from other people. Face masks must also be used on public transport, during mass gatherings and in enclosed public spaces. Some exceptions may apply.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Slovenia

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No, but some regions are subject to strict ‚red zone’ restrictions. You can find an update list of those regions here.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Hotels are open, but cafes, bars and restaurants in the red zone must be closed. However, hotel restaurants may still operate throughout the country, and take-aways are possible.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Masks or other forms of protection covering the mouth and nose, and disinfection are mandatory in all closed public spaces, on public transport, and in open public spaces where it is not possible to stay two metres from other people.

In the regions on Slovenia’s red list, masks are required at all times, including outdoors, except for individual activities such as bicycling alone. Exceptions are children up to the age of 6 years, pupils in primary and secondary schools when they are in class, educators of pre-school children and teachers up to and including the 5th grade when working directly with children.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Spain

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, Spain has declared a national state of emergency and introduced a curfew. Most citizens across Spain now have to stay indoors between 11pm until 6am.

Those who need to be outside during this time due to reasons such as going to work, seeking medical treatment or taking care of dependents, are exempt from the curfew. Therefore, it shall not apply to lorry drivers while they are working.

Some regional variations to the curfew may also apply; each region has the authority to bring the curfew forward or backward by up to an hour. The Valencia region, for example, has said it will implement its curfew from 12am to 6am.

If you are working in the regions of La Rioja, Aragon and Navarra, local exemption certificates apply. You can download each one here:

There is also a seperate form for self employed drivers operating in Aragon, which is available here.

Update 20/11/2020: Passengers entering the country’s seaports and airports will have to present negative coronavirus tests. However, lorry drivers are exempt the measure. You can read more on this story on our website here.

Update 17/11: As of November 21st, roadside restaurants in Catalonia will be open too. You can read more on this on our website here.

Update 05/11: The region of Asturias has decided to reopen roadside restaurants and rest stops for the benefit of lorry drivers. You can find a list of hotels, restaurants and other facilities open to drivers in the region here.

Update 02/11: You can find a map of Spain’s regional restrictions here.

Also, due to the difficult situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the state of emergency, the General Directorate of Road Traffic (DGT) has decided to temporarily suspend truck traffic restrictions. However, this relaxation does not apply to all heavy goods vehicles.

From October 30th to November 9th, truck traffic restrictions will not apply to vehicles with a GVW above 7.5 tons, vehicles that require additional traffic permits, or special vehicles. According to the Spanish federation of transport associations, this relaxation does not apply to vehicles carrying dangerous goods (ADR), and does not apply to the two autonomous communities – Catalonia and the Basque Country.

Update 29/10: Catalonia has announced that a partial lockdown will be in force from Friday 30th October at 6.00 to Monday November 1st at 6.00. Bars and restaurants will remain shut, a measure adopted two weeks ago, although food delivery and takeaway services will still be permitted. The borders will be closed to regular traffic, but truck drivers may continue their journeys into or through the region.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, but must close in accordance with the hours of the local curfew.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Face masks are mandatory in public spaces, indoors and outdoors. Its use is also mandatory on public transport, by air, sea and rail, and in private vehicles if the occupants do not live together at the same address. Exceptions are made for children under the age of 6, people with disabilities or respiratory illnesses.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Sweden

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, but with coronavirus measures in place. A nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants after 10 p.m. came into effect on 20/11/2020.

What are the rules regarding masks?

There is no general requirement to wear a face mask in normal social situations, in public places, and in public transport. However, Swedavia Airports recommends passengers to use face masks at their airports.

More info available at reopen.europa.eu.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Switzerland

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Update 02/11/2020: The Canton Geneva region introduced a partial lockdown on November 2nd. In this area, bars, restaurants, cafes and non-essential shops must close until November 29th. A new raft of restrictions now  also apply nationwide as of October 28th.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, but with coronavirus measures in place. Restaurants and bars must be closed from 11pm to 6am. Guests are required to sit and can only eat or drink at the table. A maximum of four people can sit at each table, excluding children. Hotels remain open.

What are the rules regarding masks?

From midnight on Thursday, October 28th, masks should be worn outdoors in all built-up urban areas where „the concentration of people does not allow the necessary distances to be respected”. Masks would also be required in all publicly accessible indoor spaces, such as markets, waiting areas for buses and trains, etc. Diners at restaurants are be allowed to remove their masks when sitting down to eat.

More info available at thelocal.ch.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


Turkey

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, there will be a partial curfew on weekends until further notice. This curfew allows individuals to be outside during the hours of 10:00-20:00. This curfew extends into Monday mornings and below are the curfew restrictions by day:

         -Saturdays and Sundays: curfew in effect from Saturday at 20:00 to Sunday at 10:00 
         -Sundays and Mondays: curfew in effect from Sunday at 20:00 to Monday at 05:00

Lorry drivers are exempt from the curfew. There is also a curfew in place during the week for those aged over 65 and under 20, but this applies to Turkish citizens only.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

No, only for takeaway and delivery.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Face masks must be worn in public (e.g., streets, gardens, workplaces, etc.) at all times in all 81 provinces of Turkey. If 2 people or more are in a vehicle, masks must also be warn.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

There is no such service in Turkey. However, you can get up-to-date information from the US Embassy in English here.

Additional info

As of November 12th, smoking in public spaces is banned.


Wales

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a ‚firebreak‚ has been introduced across Wales to help regain control of coronavirus. This means that a series of restrictive measures will be in place from 6pm Friday 23 October until 12:01am Monday 9 November 2020. Lorry drivers will nonetheless be unaffected.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

No, most venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Masks should be worn in most indoor spaces and on public transport. More info is available here.

Where can I find more official updates on this country in English?

The official coronavirus information service is accessible in English here.


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