Current Measures in Transport8/1/2021|Press releases(UPDATE FROM 30 March) Germany placed the Czech Republic among countries with a high risk of COVID-19 transmission. People travelling to Germany must present a negative test and make an online registration. Public road, air and rail transport to Germany is renewed from 28 March. Germany will continue with border controls Lorry drivers are excluded from mandatory registration to take antigen test. They can arrive at a sampling point without previous registration. The exception was adopted due to an obligation to present test results after arrival to certain countries, for example Germany. From Thursday 25 February, passengers must wear a respirator in public railway or road transport. FFP2 respirators are obligatory in the course of a practical ride during exams in driving schools. The Ministry of Transport publishes general information and an overview of measures in transport adopted to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease. Obligation to wear a respirator in public transport From Thursday 25 February, all passengers in public road and railway transport must wear a respirator or a similar respiratory protection (e.g. masks from a nanomaterial). Both types of protection must comply with all technical conditions, i.e. no exhalation valve and at least 95% filtering efficiency. Travelling to other countries Germany Germany placed the Czech Republic among countries with a high risk of COVID-19 transmission. Prior to arrival to Germany, travellers must make an online registration and present a negative coronavirus test. This applies also to drivers in international transport. Public road, air and rail transport is renewed from 28 March. Registration does not apply to: Persons who were just transiting through the high-risk country without stopping; Persons entering Germany for a mere transit and leaving the country by the shortest route possible; Persons who stay in the high-risk country within frontier traffic with the neighbouring state for less than 24 hours or who enter Germany for a shorter period than 24 hours; Persons who are members of an official delegation and are returning to Germany through the government terminal on Berlin Brandenburg Airport or Cologne Bonn Airport and who stayed in the high-risk area for less than 72 hours. We recommend following the website of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can find more information on the websites of the Czech Embassy in Berlin, Czech General Consulate in Dresden or Czech General Consulate in Munich (all available in Czech and German language). Slovakia In Slovakia, the restriction on freedom of movement was introduced. Citizens of Czech Republic, who come to Slovakia, must register on the website e-hranica, isolate themselves and present a PCR coronavirus test. Cross-border commuters, students, artists, etc. must present a coronavirus test (not older than 7 days). The obligation to take a coronavirus test does not apply to drivers in international transport. You can find more information here. Great Britain – lorry drivers From 6 April, lorry drivers arriving to England for a stay longer than 2 days will have to undertake a coronavirus test within 48 hours upon arrival and then every subsequent 72 hours. Poland From Saturday 27 February, entrance to Poland will be allowed only with a negative PCR or antigen test that is not older than 48 hours. Without a test, passenger must enter into self-isolation. Austria As of 9 January, Austria decided to introduce border controls. Passengers travelling to Austria, which ordered a strict quarantine rules, have to state reasons for their journey. Passengers will be placed into self-isolation even if they provide a negative test on coronavirus. Open border crossings: Drasenhofen – Mikulov Gmünd – České Velenice Gmünd-Böhmzeil – České Velenice Gmünd-Nagelberg – Halámky Grametten – Nová Bystřice Fratres - Slavonice Hohenau – Břeclav Kleinhaugsdorf – Hatě Laa an der Thaya – Hevlín Oberthürnau – Vratěnín Reinthal – Poštorná Retz – Šatov Retz – Znojmo Schöneben - Zadní Zvonková Summerau – Dolní Dvořiště Weigetschlag – Studánky Wullowitz – Dolní Dvořiště More information are available at the website of the Czech Embassy in Vienna. From 26 February until 11 April, travelling to the following countries is forbidden (except where necessary): Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, South Africa, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar and Pemba Island), Zambia and Zimbabwe. Road freight transport to Germany Given the situation on borders with Germany, the Czech Republic agreed to suspend some measures regarding driving and rest periods for drivers working in international road freight transport. This measure is effective from 14 February 2021 until 15 March 2021. It applies to all drivers working in international road freight transport going from the Czech Republic to Germany under a condition not to jeopardize the safety of drivers and road traffic. Drivers must not drive when being tired. The employers are still responsible for health and safety of their employees and other road users. The following provisions will be temporarily suspended for the given category of drivers: • Art. 6 (1): substitution of a maximum day limit for a ride from 9 to 11 hours; • Art. 6 (2): substitution of a maximum week limit for a ride from 56 to 60 hours; • Art. 8 (1): lower demands on a daily rest from 11 to 9 hours; • Art. 8 (6): postponed weekly rest for seven (instead of six) 24-hours time periods from an end of a preceding weekly rest. After a derogation is applied, the driver must immediately enter a written record on a backside of a record paper stating a place of and a reason for a derogation. These records must be presented during an inspection along with relevant accompanying documents to verify the use of derogation. Lorry drivers are excluded from mandatory registration for antigen tests The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport and freight transport carriers’ representatives from ČESMAD BOHEMIA prepared guidelines for exception from testing. The providers of health care, who carry out antigen testing, were asked to make an exception for freight transport drivers allowing them to immediately take an antigen test at a sampling point to identify occurrence of SARS-COV-2 virus without prior registration. This exception applies only to a person who presents a driving licence with a code “95” on the backside, a professional competence licence or a driver’s card. Slovakia adopted a similar exception for drivers. The operator of sampling point decides about the organisation arrangement. We would like to ask all drivers to respect instructions from the personnel and be considerate to the time capabilities. This exception was adopted due to an obligation to present test results after arrival to certain countries, for example Germany. Methodological guidelines for the exception (in Czech language only) Validity of Driving Licences Driving licences that expired during a period from 1 September 2020 are considered valid until 31 March 2021. This can change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic and the EU legislation. However, the validity applies only on the territory of the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, we recommend not waiting with the exchange. You can book a time slot at an authority via a reservation system and exchange your licence. List of all municipal authorities with extended powers is available at our website. The EU regulation of May 2020 applies to a period before 1 September 2020. Technical Inspection Stations The technical inspection stations (STK) remain opened. The current government measures do not apply to STK. The EU Regulation extends validity of roadworthiness checks, which expired or would have expire between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021 by 10 months since the original validity date. STK stations remain open so drivers can keep their vehicles in a safe technical condition. From 1 March, car repair shops are open under the condition that customers will not enter the shop. The entire communication with a customer must take place in the outside premises, including outdoor work place. Driving Schools Pursuant to government resolution, all exams in driving schools are forbidden. Other measures concerning driving schools remain unchanged, driver’s training is allowed. You can find more information here. Pursuant to Government Resolution of 17 December, theoretical and practical training in driving schools is allowed as of Friday 18 December. The theoretical training is allowed only if the number of persons in one room does not exceed 10 persons. It is not possible to carry out exams according to Act No. 246/2000 Coll., so-called Driving Schools Act, i.e. exams of drivers or driving instructors Professional training of drivers, driving exams and other activities defined in Act No. 247/2000 Coll., so-called driving schools act, are also allowed. The resolution of 28 January allows psychological testing pursuant to Act No. 361/2000 Coll., on road traffic and amendments to certain acts. From Saturday, January 30, it is obligatory to wear a FFP2 or KN95 respirator without exhalation valves in the course of practical ride in a training vehicle. The Ministry of Transport is not responsible for psychological exams in transport. It follows the government decisions adopted on the basis of proposals from the Ministry of Health. Storing Licences in a Depository During the state of emergency, the Czech Insurers’ Bureau and the Ministry of Transport allows to put a vehicle out of operation by submitting an electronic application to an authority. The licence can be handed in later. Requirements for Bus Carriers Coming to the Czech Republic As of midnight on 21 September 2020 each person, who stayed for more than 12 hours in the last 14 days in countries, which are not on a list of countries with a low risk of COVID-19 occurrence, are obliged to fill out an electronic form about arrival. The list of countries is available on the website of the Ministry of Health. Driving restrictions for lorries during weekends and holidays remain unchanged – the pre-coronavirus conditions still apply. German federal ministry of transport agreed with federal states on suspending a restriction on transport of vaccines by lorries on Sundays and public holidays until 30 June 2021. The federal ministry of transport recommends to the federal states to suspend driving restriction for lorries on Sundays and public holidays until 31 January 2021 included for the entire transport of goods. More information are available at the Ministry’s website. České dráhy add more train connections In last couple of days, the number of passengers travelling on some long-distance lines of České dráhy has been increasing. The current train composition capacity is not enough. In reaction to this situation, České dráhy, assisted by the Ministry of Transport, decided to reinforce these lines by additional train carriages to make travelling more comfortable. As of 11 December 2020, the following lines will be reinforced: Ex 1 Prague–Ostrava, up to 480 additional seats; Ex6 Západní expres Prague–Plzeň–Cheb, up to 800 additional seats; R16 Berounka Prague–Klatovy–Železná Ruda-Alžbětín (up to 320 additional seats, no need to transfer to a motor train in Klatovy); R17 Vltava Prague–České Budějovice, up to 960 additional seats; R18 Slovácký expres Prague–Olomouc–Přerov Luhačovice / Veselí nad Moravou, up to 320 additional seats; R20 Labe Prague–Ústí nad Labem–Děčín, up to 1,440 additional seats. Driving restrictions for lorries during weekends and holidays remained unchanged – the pre-coronavirus conditions still apply. Traffic light system for travellers The Czech Republic joined the European traffic light system, which indicates the level of the disease and therefore significantly changes rules for travelling abroad. The Ministry of Health is responsible for keeping the information up to date. You can find the updated information on this website. Travelling signpost of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs The signpost and updated information about travelling to all European countries is available at this website.