Italy becomes latest EU nation to require truckers travelling from UK to present negative covid tests

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Lorry drivers bound for Italy who have been in the UK in the past 14 days must present a negative coronavirus at the Italian border dated no longer 48 hours than before their entry into the country.

The Spanish industry organization Confederación Española de Transporte de Mercancías (CETM) have published info on the new restrictions having received word from the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

To enter Italy, drivers must show the results of a lateral flow or antigen test.

In practice, it will not make too much difference as drivers will require a test on arrival in France, Belgium or the Netherlands anyway. However, those drivers conducting additional transports after crossing the channel may find that their original test is out of date by the time they get to the Italian border.

On top of that, drivers should be aware that the country has been divided into three zones – yellow, orange and red. To move onto the latter, it is necessary for the driver to have completed a declaration form, available here.

You should also have this document with you in other regions, as it may be necessary when moving around at night during curfews.

According to CETM, the orange zone includes the regions of:

  • Apulia
  • Sicily
  • Liguria
  • Tuscany
  • Umbria
  • Abruzzo
  • Basilicata

The red zone contains the following regions:

  • Lombardy
  • Piedmont
  • Calabria
  • Aosta Valley
  • Bolzano – South Adige (Bozen-Südtirol)

Finally, drivers going to Italy must also report their arrival to the local clinic in the region where they will be located (Dipartimento di Prevenzione dell’Azienda Sanitaria). For more information on this, please refer to this article on our website.

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