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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.


Update 20/11/2020:

In Spain, 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.

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.

In Sweden, a nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants after 10 p.m. comes into effect today.

Turkey has announced a series of additional measures to combat COVID-19. They apply from today and are as follows:

  • Dining establishments such as restaurants, patisseries, cafes, and cafeterias will no longer be open for in-person dining
  • Shopping malls, supermarkets, barbers and hairdressers will only be open for service during the hours of 10:00-20:00  
  • Turkish citizens and residents age 65 and older are restricted to their place of residence, and only allowed outside between 10:00-13:00. 
  • Turkish citizens and residents age 20 and below are only allowed outside during the hours of 13:00-16:00. 
  • 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   
  • Production, manufacturing, supply chains, and health workers are exempt from this weekend curfew. 

More information is available from the US embassy here.

Update 17/11/2020:

As we reported yesterday, Austria has gone into lockdown. Lorry drivers are exempt from the measures, but need to have a completed exemption form. You can download that form here.

In Catalonia, roadside restaurants will reopen on Saturday. You can read more on this on our website here.

In Portugal, 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.

Meanwhile, in Slovakia, 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 16/11/2020:

Authorities in Italy have made it necessary for workers travelling in its yellow, orange and red zones to carry a health declaration form with them. In red zones, the form must even be emailed to the local health authorities. You can download the forms and find out more about the requirement here.

In order to help the road haulage industry, Hungary has lifted the weekend truck ban in the country. The ban was lifted on 13th November and it shall remain that way until further notice (the weekend truck ban normally applies from 22:00 Saturdays to 22:00 Sundays).

Slovakia have decided to relax one if its truck bans too. The country celebrates a national public holiday tomorrow, and normally a ban on heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 t, as well as those over 3.5 t with a trailer or semi-trailer, would apply from midnight until 10pm. However the government have decided to scrap the ban this year to allow easier movement of goods.

On other hand, the Czech Republic, who also celebrate a national holiday tomorrow, have elected to keep their ban on trucks over 7.5 tonnes between 1pm and 11pm.

Austria is closing schools and non-essential shops, two weeks after a partial lockdown and night-time curfew failed to stem the virus from spreading across the country. The new restrictions, announced by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at a news conference, begin on Tuesday 17th November and run until December 6.

In Turkey, smoking in public spaces is now banned. Local curfews, may also apply, though generally not to anyone under the age of 65.

Albania have introduced a curfew between 10pm and 6am.

North Macedonia have curfew in place too; it is between 9pm and 5am.

Tomorrow, Serbia will go into lockdown. 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.

Lithuania has also 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.

In Latvia, a state of emergency currently applies, with a number of restrictions along with it. You can find all the information in English from the Latvian Government here.

Update 12/11/2020:

Hungary have made the wearing of masks mandatory in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.

Starting on November 23rd, Spain will introduce mandatory testing for arrivals into the country from risk areas. This measure is nonetheless in place at ports and airports only, and does not concern lorry drivers.

Sweden is set to ban the sale of alcohol in bars, restaurants and cafes after 10pm. The country’s Prime Minister says the change will apply from November 20th.

Update 11/11/2020:

France have reopened restaurants and rest stops to lorry drivers. You can see what’s available where via this handy map.

In Bosnia, a curfew now applies from 11pm to 5am.

Update 10/11/2020:

In Hungary, as of tomorrow, the curfew will kick in at 8pm – 4 hours earlier than it is currently. Those who need to be out of their homes for work reasons are exempt. Bars, restaurants and cafes will also close. The changes apply from 00:00 on 11th November (wednesday) for 30 days.

Update 09/11/2020:

The two-week ‚firebreak’ lockdown in Wales has finished. Bars, cafe and restaurants are now open to groups of four, while non-essential shops are open again too.

Due to the possible mutation of coronavirus from a mink farm in Denmark, a number of local restrictions and measures will be introduced in the municipalities of Hjørring, Frederikshavn, Brønderslev, Jammerbugt, Vesthimmerland, Thisted and Læsø. Establishments selling food, drinks or tobacco for on-site consumption in the above municipalities must keep their premises and facilities closed to the general public in the period from 7 November 2020 until the end of 3 December 2020.

In Portugal, there is currently a nationwide curfew in place 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.

Update 08/11/2020:

Amid concern over a mutated form of Covid-19 spreading from a Danish mink farm, the UK Government have announced that everyone entering the country from Denmark must self isolate for 14 days – including lorry drivers.

Update 06/11/2020:

The Czech Republic have introduced mandatory testing for arrivals in the country. However, truck drivers are exempt, as is any individual who will not spend any longer than 12 hours inside the country’s borders.

In Romania, masks have been made mandatory throughout the country in indoor and outdoor public spaces. A curfew is also 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.

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.

In France, authorities have agreed to the demands of transport workers. Roadside restaurants and other rest stop facilities are expected to re-open in the coming days.

Update 05/11/2020:

In Spain, 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.

Italy has suspended its Sunday Truck ban for the next 3 weeks. As a result, all trucks under 7.5 tons will be able to travel on the country’s extra-urban roads.

Update 04/11/2020:

Italy will begin a 10pm-5am nationwide curfew on Thursday November 5th. New national measures include the closure of shopping centres at weekends, and the complete closure of museums and galleries. Bars and restaurants already close at 6pm nationwide under measures introduced late last month.

In addition, the country is to be divided into three areas with differing rules depending on the severity of the local situation: red (high-risk), orange (medium risk) and green (safer) zones.

People in the highest-risk zones are told to stay within their comune (city or town), and are only allowed to leave for work, study health or other essential reasons, as Italy brings in the strictest measures since its two-month spring lockdown was eased.

Poland shall introduce strict coronavirus measures on Saturday November 7th, including the closure of non-essential shops in shopping centres, as well as a restriction on leisure stays at hotels. Hotels do remain open for business travel however. Bars, restaurants and cafes are already closed in the country.

Hungary has entered a state of emergency that is to last a minimum of 15 days and is likely to be extended to 90 days. A curfew is in effect from midnight to 5 am, while nightclubs have been ordered to close.

Belgium‚s haulage association has provided information on the documents drivers should have at their disposal to be exempt from curfew. There are exemption forms available in French, however, the European Union Certificate For Transport Workers is also valid in the country. It thus makes sense to use that form as it is available in English – you’ll find it on the last page of this pdf.

If you are to spend more than 48 hours in Belgium you should also fill in a Passenger Locator Form, even if you are a lorry driver. You can fill it in online or download, print and fill in the pdf form here.

In Greece, the government have introduced restrictions in various regions depending on the number of covid cases. In the yellow zones, which are predominantly in the south, restaurants, bars and cafes may open with coronavirus measures in place. However, in the red zones, which are mostly in the north of Greece, bars, restaurants and cafes are closed.

You can find out which restrictions apply in each region in this map produced by the Greek authorities.

Update 03/11/2020:

In Switzerland, 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.

Bars and restaurants will close in Bulgaria from 03/11. Guests in hotels are only allowed to have meals in their room. Take away meals are permitted until 22.00. It is forbidden to sell alcoholic beverages after 20.00.

The North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany has lifted truck bans until January 18th 2021. The relaxation also applies to empty truck journeys on Sundays and public holidays. However, the loosening of the ban does not apply to oversized shipments.

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.

In Spain, various regional restrictions are in force. You can find a map of them 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.

Over in Montenegro, 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. As soon as we find a link to the certificate we shall provide it to you here.

Update 01/11/2020:

As of Thursday November 5th, England 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.

Austria has also gone into some kind of lockdown – a curfew is currently in force between 8pm and 6am until November 12th. Restaurants and bars can only offer take-out, dining in is not permitted. Hotels can stay open for business travel only. Shops can nonetheless remain open, albeit with the requirement of at least 10 square metres of space per customer.

In Portugal, a partial lockdown will be implemented in several regions, including Lisbon and Porto, from Wednesday, November 4th. It is to last until the end of November 15th. However, it is noticeably less strict than other lockdowns in Europe – bars, restaurants and cafes can still open until 10pm.

Greece has added further restrictions too. A curfew is in force between midnight and 5am. It is also required to wear masks now in all public places, be it in indoors or outdoors.

Update 31/10/2020:

Belgium has returned to a full lockdown. The country will close all non-essential businesses for six weeks from Monday November 2nd, including hairdressers. Supermarkets will only be allowed to sell essential items.

Hotels remain open, but meals can only be served in rooms.

In Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has announced that the entirety of Thessaloniki is in a semi-lockdown. Registered as a level 4 threat, a curfew has been imposed in the city between 12:30 AM and 5:00 AM. Schools and shops will remain open.

Ioannina and Serres have also gone into lockdown, albeit less strict. On top of the same curfew, all public and private gatherings have been suspended, as have been the operations of cultural and hospitality venues. Not only that but travel outside of these regional units has also been banned while the lockdown remains in place. Lorry drivers should nonetheless be exempt from the travel restrictions.

Update 30/10/2020:

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. Its borders with France and the rest of Spain will be closed to regular traffic, but truck drivers may continue their journeys into or through the region.

Turkey, as well as the Balkan states of Bosnia, Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania, have been added to the map.


Albania

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, — public movement is restricted during the hours between 10:00pm and 6:00am; except for work reasons, health care emergencies, or urgent needs.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes. However, bars, restaurants, fast food counters, and other similar venues are prohibited from operating between 10:00pm and 6:00am, except for delivery services.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Wearing a mask in public areas, indoors and outdoors, for any individual 11 years old and above is 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 lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a curfew is currently in force between 8pm and 6am until November 12th.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Restaurants and bars can only offer take-out, dining in is not permitted. Hotels can stay open for business travel only. Shops can remain open; there must be at least 10 square metres of space per customer.

What are the rules regarding masks?

A mask must be worn in certain areas: In grocery stores, public transport and taxis, during indoor events (except at the assigned seat), in cable cars, coaches and excursion boats, in gas stations, bank and post offices, in pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals as well as in places where health and nursing services are provided and other services, if the 1 metre distance cannot be maintained or no other protective measures (e.g. plexiglass pane) are available. Special regulations apply to the federal states of Upper Austria and Carinthia.

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: restrictions on alcohol consumption

Alcohol cannot be consumed within 50 metres of venues which sell alcohol. This includes petrol stations, bars and restaurants, as well as snack bars and kiosks.


Belgium

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes. Belgium is currently in lockdown. All non-essential businesses for six weeks from Monday November 2nd, including hairdressers. Supermarkets will only be allowed to sell essential items. It is also possible to pick up online purchases outside shops.

The curfew measures already in force remain the same: from midnight to 5:00 AM in Flanders, and from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM in Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region.

Lorry drivers are exempt from the measures, but need to have a completed exemption form. You can download that form here.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

From 19.10.2020 restaurants, bars and cafes are closed. Take away meals are permitted until 22.00. It is forbidden to sell alcoholic beverages after 08.00. Hotels remain open with coronavirus measures in place – meals can now only be served in rooms, not the hotel’s restaurant.

What are the rules regarding masks?

From the age of 12, wearing a face mask of any fabric alternative to cover mouth and nose is mandatory in public transport (including at stops and stations), in shops and shopping malls, cinemas, theatre, 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. Wearing a mask remains strongly recommended in other public places, especially when it is not possible to maintain the physical distancing requirement of 1.5 m.

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: exemption form and passenger location form

Belgium‚s haulage association has provided information on the documents drivers should have at their disposal to be exempt from curfew. There are exemption forms available in French, however, the European Union Certificate For Transport Workers is also valid in the country. It thus makes sense to use that form as it is available in English – you’ll find it on the last page of this pdf.

If you are to spend more than 48 hours in Belgium you should also fill in a Passenger Locator Form, even if you are a lorry driver. You can fill it in online or download, print and fill in the pdf form 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?

Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and cafes throughout the country are open, along with most other businesses. Restaurants and bars must close by 11:00pm.

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 lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Update 02/11/2020: From 03.11.2020, all holiday parks must close. Hotels will stay open, but hotel bars and restaurants will close. Guests are only allowed to have meals in their room. Restaurants are closed. Take away meals are permitted until 22.00. It is forbidden to sell alcoholic beverages after 20.00.

An evaluation of these measures is planned after two weeks

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 and health establishments, pharmacies, opticians, national centers for public health, administrative institutions, railway and bus stations, airports, metro stations, shops, churches, monasteries, temples, museums, etc.

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.


Croatia

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, but with Covid-19 measures in place. Guests in catering establishments have to wear face masks, except while sitting in their seats and consuming food, drink or beverages.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Face masks are mandatory in the following situations:

  • employees of health care institutions and persons visiting patients, if visits are allowed;
  • drivers, other employees in public transport and passengers in public transport;
  • commercial employees and customers during their stay in stores;
  • employees in the catering industry who come into contact with guests or participate in the serving and preparation of food, beverages and beverages;
  • guests in catering establishments, except while sitting in their seats and consuming food, drink or beverages;
  • employees of companies, institutions and institutions that work with clients and clients who come to those companies, institutions and institutions;
  • employees in service industries where they come into close contact with clients;
  • employees in offices where a physical distance of at least 2 meters from each other cannot be ensured;
  • believers during religious rites and gatherings indoors;
  • spectators at sporting events held indoors;
  • participants in all social and public gatherings indoors;
  • parents or other persons who come to pick up children in schools or institutions of pre-school education;
  • other persons who are obliged to do so by their employer;

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.


Czech Republic

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a night curfew between 21:00 and 5:00 is in place; people may only be outside their accommodation during this time for essential reasons (health, security and work-related movements).

Update 05/11/2020:

The Czech Republic have introduced mandatory testing for arrivals in the country. However, truck drivers are exempt, as is any individual who will not spend any longer than 12 hours inside the country’s borders.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

All non-essential services are currently closed, which includes cafes, bars and restaurants. They may, however, operate as take-aways until 8pm. Hotels are closed for tourism purposes but may accept guests staying for professional reasons, including truck drivers.

Non-essential shops are also closed due to the lockdown.

What are the rules regarding masks?

As of 18.09.2020, the use of a mask is mandatory in public places as well as within territorial clusters (for example in healthcare and social service facilities, on public transport, when travelling by subway etc.), with some exceptions.

As of 22.10.2020 wearing a mask 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.

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.


Denmark

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No, but restrictions are in place in the North of the country.

Due to the possible mutation of coronavirus from a mink farm in Denmark, a number of local restrictions and measures will be introduced in the municipalities of Hjørring, Frederikshavn, Brønderslev, Jammerbugt, Vesthimmerland, Thisted and Læsø. Establishments selling food, drinks or tobacco for on-site consumption in the above municipalities must keep their premises and facilities closed to the general public in the period from 7 November 2020 until the end of 3 December 2020.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Restaurants, bars, cafes and similar establishments can be open between 5:00 and 22:00 and all guests must wear a face mask except when seated. Groups of more than 10 people are not allowed and the distance between tables has to be of 1 metre at least. After 10pm, they may operate as a take-away.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Masks are are mandatory in the following situations:

  • in stores, cultural venues and schools;
  • on public transport;
  • at large gatherings;
  • for people at risk of infection and their relatives, when it is not possible to maintain a safety distance;
  • in a professional context, where frequent or prolonged face-to-face contact can not be avoided;
  • when visiting restaurants, cafés, patisseries, bakeries, fast food restaurants, etc., where there is indoor seating;

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.


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 lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

As of 16.11.2020, restaurants and all catering establishments in general will have to be closed from midnight to 6:00, with the exception of takeway.

Measures for bars & cafés

What are the rules regarding masks?

It is not mandatory to wear face masks but it is recommended if it is not possible to maintain a reasonable physical distance. However, the Health Board recommends wearing masks in public indoor establishments and for travellers who, due to their age or general health status, might be at a higher risk of infection.

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.


Finland

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

No

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, with restrictions on the amount of customers. In some regions, eateries will have to close slightly earlier than normal.

What are the rules regarding masks?

The National Institute for Health and Welfare recommends the use of masks among the public in areas with covid cases within the last 14 days, as well as in public transportation. Masks are also recommended while waiting for a covid 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.

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.


France

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, On Saturday 31st of October the country will be subject to a national lockdown. During the lockdown, social contact will be limited to two households and bars, restaurants and leisure facilities will close. Public services and factories shall remain open, as will kindergartens and schools.

People conducting professional activities are exempt from lockdown, but must have a completed exemption certificate in their possession. The form can be downloaded here. Travel between regions is banned too, but of course lorry drivers carrying out their professional duties are exempt.

It has been widely reported that Covid-19 tests are now mandatory for everyone entering the territory of France, unless someone already has a negative test result no older than 72 hours. However, at the time of writing (30/10/2020), we are only aware of this procedure being applied in airports.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Only for take-away.

What are the rules regarding masks?

Depending on situations mask can be recommended or mandatory. From August 1st, masks have become 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, restaurant, café, bar (compulsory for staff and customers when moving around), at school (compulsory for teachers, educational staff and students -not recommended in kindergartens), in casinos, for vulnerable people. Préfets may adjust locally the measures. Furthermore, masks are mandatory outdoors in some areas and towns, including Paris, Marseille and Lyon. In certain departments classified as active circulation zones for the virus, the prefects can take more restrictive measures to fight the epidemic, in consultation with local elected officials.

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.


Germany

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a co-called ‚light’ lockdown is to start on Monday November 2nd.

According to Deutsche Welle’s English news service, the lockdown rules are as follows:

  • Restaurants and bars must close, but take-away is permitted
  • Large public events are to be canceled
  • Unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged
  • Overnight stays in hotels for leisure purposes are banned
  • Those who can work from home should do so
  • Meetings in public will be restricted to just two households of up to 10 people
  • Theaters, cinemas and other entertainment venues must close
  • Public recreation centers such as swimming pools, gyms and saunas must also close
  • No crowds are permitted at sports events

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Only for take-away.

What are the rules regarding masks?

To protect people at close proximity, the Länder have introduced rules on wearing non-medical mouth and nose masks, called community masks, when travelling on public transport and when shopping. However, rules on wearing masks can differ from region to region.

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.


Greece

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, a curfew is in force in Greece between midnight and 5am. It is also required to wear masks now in all public places, be it in indoors or outdoors.

It is recommended that drivers have a completed copy of the European Union Certificate for International Transport Workers.

Update: On 03/11/2020, the country introduced restrictions in various regions depending on the number of covid cases. In the yellow zones, which are predominantly in the south, restaurants, bars and cafes may open with coronavirus measures in place. However, in the red zones, which are mostly in the north of Greece, bars, restaurants and cafes are closed. You can find out which restrictions apply in each region in this map produced by the Greek authorities.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

In every region categorised as high risk, cafes, bars and restaurants must close. Hotels remain open.

What are the rules regarding masks?

The usage of a mask is mandatory in all public spaces, indoors or outdoors. Precautionary measures may be subject to variations according to the epidemiological level of the different Regional Units.

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.


Hungary

Are there any lockdowns or curfews in the country?

Yes, in Hungary, as of 11/11, a curfew will kick in at 8pm – 4 hours earlier than it is currently. Those who need to be out of their homes for work reasons are exempt. Bars, restaurants and cafes will also close. The changes apply from 00:00 on 11th November (wednesday) for 30 days.

Are hotels, bars and restaurants open?

Yes, but with coronavirus measures in place.

What are the rules regarding masks?

People visiting shops, markets and shopping malls, or using public transport and taxis, are required to wear face masks or otherwise cover their faces with mask-like substitutes (scarves, shawls, etc.). The same applies also in cinemas, theaters, shopping malls, health and social care institutions and customer reception offices. Update 12/11: masks are now required in outdoor public spaces too

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 – border crossing restrictions:

Border crossing is only possible at designated border crossing points. The designated border crossing points can be found on the website of the police (www.police.hu) under the border information menu item.


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?

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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