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German border checks and additional lorry bans for Euro 2024

Starting today, Germany has implemented controls at all its borders and an additional lorry ban in Cologne due to the Euro 2024 football championship.

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German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser announced in March that checks would be conducted at all borders during the tournament, lasting from June 14th to July 14th. The focus of these checks will be on hooligans and potential security threats.

Lorry ban in Cologne

The City of Cologne has issued a special ban on trucks exceeding 7.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight from June 14th to July 14th. This measure aims to ensure the safety of fans, visitors, and residents during the championship.

The traffic ban applies:

  • City centre area: From 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day, between June 14th and July 14th.
  • Lindenthal area: From 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day, on match days (June 15th, 19th, 22nd, 25th, and 30th).

Further restrictions may be imposed at short notice, depending on the situation. However, trucks carrying deliveries for local businesses are exempt from the ban, provided they have relevant proof in the vehicle. The police will be responsible for enforcing the truck ban.