On 18 August 2020, new entry requirements for Italy were published. The requirements depend on from where a person has travelled (see details here).
Special restrictions (recent COVID-19 test or quarantine) have been introduced for persons entering Italy after having stayed or transited, in the last 14 days, in one of the following countries: Croatia, Greece, Malta, and Spain. Professional road freight transport drivers who have stayed or transited in one of these countries are exempt from the limitations if:
- They prove that they are entering Italy for work purposes. An EC certificate should be sufficient proof.
- They complete the self-declaration (English version) before they enter Italy (in addition to holding an EC certificate).
However, professional drivers can only stay in Italy for a maximum of 120 hours (36 hours if in transit), after which they will have to leave the country or go into quarantine.
Note that our Greek association OFAE reported that all ferry agents at the Greek ports of Patras and Igoumenitsa are requesting truck drivers (of all nationalities) to fill in the self-declaration form before they embark a ship.
Sources: FIAP and OFAE
Mont Blanc tunnel conducts maintenance work
The Mont Blanc tunnel will be closed for maintenance works on:
• Monday 7 September 2020, from 22:00 to 6:00
• Monday 14 September 2020, from 22:00 to 6:00
• Monday 28 September 2020, from 19.00 to 6:00
Additional information can be found in the documents attached (in French, English and Italian).
Source: TMB, tunnelmb.net
On 10 July, the Italian Government issued an entry ban for individuals entering and transiting Italy who, in the last 14 days, have been in or have transited through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic. Direct and indirect flight connections to and from those countries are suspended.
The measure only concerns travelling passengers.
Source: Italian Ministry of Health
On 25 June, SFTRF and SITAF decided to amend the rules on access to the Fréjus Road Tunnel for Euro 3 and Euro 4 goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. It was decided at first to ban these vehicles from using the tunnel as of 1 July 2020. However, in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic, there is now a derogation of this rule.
From 1 July until 30 September 2020, Euro 3 and Euro 4 goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes can still drive through the Fréjus Road Tunnel provided that the vehicle owners have already ordered replacement greener vehicles (Euro 5 or Euro 6). A declaration has to be filled out (in Italian, French or English).
Following the publication of Reg. (EU) 2020/698 and DL n. 18/2020 companies should be aware of the following prorogations:
Driver qualification card:
- Cards expired before 31 January 2020 cannot benefit from the 7 months prorogation.
- Cards expired between 31 January and 29 March 2020 are valid until 29 October 2020. The prorogation only applies at domestic level. At EU level, cards are only valid for 7 months after their expiration date.
- Cards expiring after 29 March are valid for 7 months after their expiration date, both at domestic and EU level.
- Licenses expired before 31 January 2020 cannot benefit from the 7 months prorogation, but only from those set out by DL 18/2020 (art. 104 c.1).
- Licenses expired between 1 February and 31 August 2020 remain valid for 7 months after their expiration date both at domestic and EU level.
- The two year inspection, whose validity expires between 1 March and 31 August 2020, can be carried out within 6 months after its date of expiration. The prorogation is valid both at domestic and EU level.
- In case of a request of renewal of the driver card, or in case of a request of replacement of a damaged card, the issue of the new card must happen within 2 months during the period from 1 March until 31 August.
- Inspections whose validity expire between 1 February and 31 August can be done up to 7 months after their date of expiration.
- Inspections whose validity expired before 29 February can be done up until 31 October 2020; this only applies at domestic level.
- Licences expiring between 2 March and 31 August 2020 have their validity extended for additional 6 months, as well as their True Certified Copies.
Members are also reminded that the following provisions do not apply anymore:
- Obligation to have a self-certification.
- Obligation to notify local health authorities upon entrance.
- Maximum stay of 72 hours in case of a transport operation ending in Italy.
- Maximum stay of 24 hours in case of a transport operation transiting through Italy.
Sources: CONFETRA and FIAP
Until 2 June, foreign drivers operating in Italy must still certify that they are employed and currently working as drivers. The Transport Ministry did state that foreign drivers working in Italy were required to carry a self-declaration (in Italian) confirming their understanding of the provisions of the emergency situation, their full name and reason for being in the country, however a "reduced" version of the self-certification (shown in the link) must now be used.
On 21 May, the Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure signed a decree that lifts domestic traffic bans for goods vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes on the following days: 24 May, 31 May and 2 June.
Members are reminded that Sunday and holiday traffic bans for vehicles carrying out international transport in Italy are lifted until further notice.
On 21 May, the Ministry of Transport has clarified that foreign drivers entering Italy are not subject to the following provisions anymore:
· Maximum stay of 72 hours in case of a transport operation ending in Italy
· Maximum stay of 24 hours in case of a transport operation transiting through Italy
· Obligation to notify local health authorities upon entrance
Until 2 June, foreign drivers operating in Italy must still have a free-form self declaration that certifies they’re employed and currently working as drivers. The self certification used until 18 May does not apply anymore.
Companies are reminded that the protocol for road transport and logistics sector (Annex 14 of DPCM 17 May) applies until 14 June.
Sources: Ministry of Transport, CONFETRA
On 17 May, the Italian Prime Minister published updated regulations, applicable from 18 May. The DPCM 17 May replaces DPCM 26 April:
- The self-certification is now valid only for movements between two different regions, as intra-region movement is now permitted.
- Art. 5.10.b of DPCM 17 May states that there are no limitations imposed on drivers, which means that there is no obligation to notify entry in Italy to local health authorities, nor is there the need to fill out this document anymore.
- The protocol for the road transport and logistics sector published on 14 March is still in force and will apply until 14 June (in Annex 14 of DPCM 17 May).
- Until 2 June, freight transport to/from Sicily can only be operated via the port of Messina-Tremestieri. Rules on freight transport to/from Sardinia remain unchanged.
Source : CONFETRA
Following questions raised by IRU members regarding the self-declaration’s compliance with GDPR, it is suggested to add the following sentence at the end of the self-declarations that are sent to the local health authority: “It is recommended, and required, that the management of transmitted personal data is performed in compliance with Regulation 2016/679/EU – GDPR”. Online notifications sent with a model are covered by GDPR terms; details can be found in the document attached.
Domestic Sunday traffic bans are lifted for goods vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes on the following days: 10 May and 17 May.
Sunday and holiday traffic bans for vehicles carrying out international transport in Italy are also lifted until further notice.
On 5 May, the Italian Ministry of Transport updated the self-certification form needed for international road transport workers to enter and operate in the country. The form can be downloaded here.
On 26 April, the Italian Prime Minister announced the implementation of Phase 2, starting with effect from 4 May. The rules have been set out in the DPCM of 26 April 2020, following which the general self-declaration currently necessary for travelling has been updated accordingly and can be downloaded here; the same conditions apply. The self-declaration for road transport workers remains the same.
Source: Italian Government
On 29 April, the Italian Ministry of Health has updated the list of contact points for foreign drivers entering Italy. The most up to date list can be consulted here.
Following yesterday’s communication on DPCM 26 April 2020, the list of health authorities to which drivers must notify their entry into the country has been updated and can be found here.
On 26 April, the Italian Prime Minister announced the “Phase 2” rules, applicable from 4-17 May, by way of DPCM 26 April 2020. Many of the rules currently in force will be maintained.
Concerning road transport and logistics, relevant information is the following:
· Art. 2.7: Companies whose activity must be suspended following modifications to ATECO codes listed in Annex 3 must complete the shipment of goods in stock by 30 April.
· Art. 2.9: Companies whose activity can restart following modifications to ATECO codes listed in Annex 3 can undertake reopening preparations from 27 April.
· Art. 3.2: The obligation for passengers to wear a face mask while being in publicly accessible indoor areas and on public transport does not apply to children under 6 years of age nor to people with disabilities which are not compatible with wearing a mask.
· Art. 4.2: Before boarding, transport companies must check traveller’s body temperature and transport documents. Boarding is refused in cases of fever or incomplete documentation. Transport companies must guarantee a minimum of 1m separation between travellers. Transport companies must supply travellers with appropriate personal protection equipment (masks, gloves) in case they don’t have them.
· Art. 5: Rules and procedures for people entering or transiting through Italy for work – the current rules continue to apply.
· Annex 6, point 3 of the Protocol for Covid-19 containment: guidelines for the access of third party suppliers to companies’ premises:
- Companies must identify entry, transit and exit procedures for their suppliers. Those procedures must consider itineraries and timings, with the aim of reducing contact between suppliers and company personnel.
- If possible, drivers must stay on board the vehicle. Drivers cannot access the company offices. Concerning loading and unloading activities, the minimum 1m distance must be observed.
- The company must designate or install toilet facilities for third party drivers/suppliers, separated from those used by its employees. Daily cleaning must be ensured.
- In cases where the company carries out own account transport, workers’ security must be ensured at all times.
· Annex 8: Protocol for road transport and logistics sector (adopted on 20 March).
· Annex 9: Protocol for public transport (adopted on 14 March).
Source: Italian Government
On 21 April, ANAS and ASPI have confirmed that prorogations mentioned in Art. 130 c.2 of Decree 18/2020 are applicable to certification for exceptional load transport operations. Therefore, authorisations which expire between 31 January and 15 April can be extended up to 15 June.
On 15 April, the Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure signed a decree that lifts domestic traffic bans for goods vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes on the following days: 19 April, 25 April, 26 April, 1 May, 3 May.
Members are reminded that holiday traffic bans for vehicles carrying out international transport in Italy have been lifted until further notice.
On 11 April, the decree extending lockdown measures until 3 May was published in the Official Journal. The text can be seen here.
The Italian Authorities have also updated the list of contact points for drivers entering Italy.
On 7 April, the Ministry of the Interior provided further instructions for personnel employed by companies, not based in Italy, carrying out international freight transport operations to or through Italy. Instructions concern the application of Decree 145/2020.
People (including travelling staff of foreign companies) entering Italy with their own vehicle or with a private transport vehicle for proven work,needs to have to comply with the following:
- The transit on the Italian territory must not exceed 72 hours. The period could be extended for further 48 hours in case of specific and justified needs.
- Upon entrance to Italy, drivers must notify the entry to the prevention department (“Dipartimento di Prenvenzione”) of the local health authority (ASL) and submit the duly filled in self declaration that can be downloaded here.
- Also, drivers transiting through Italy must comply with the notification requirements. The permitted stay in the country cannot exceed 24 hours, which could be extended for a further 12 hours in case of specific and justified needs.
A department of the Ministry is currently identifying the contact points for every border crossing point. The list will be updated as soon as changes will be made available and can be consulted here.
IRU and local member associations advise drivers to notify local health authorities as soon as possible, and to carry the original of the self-declaration on board.
Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure has signed a decree that lifts domestic traffic bans for goods vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes from 10 to 14 April. Holiday traffic bans for vehicles carrying out international transport in Italy are also lifted until further notice.
On 7 April, the Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure has signed the decree that lifts domestic traffic bans for goods vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes from 10 to 14 April. Holiday traffic bans for vehicles carrying out international transport in Italy have been lifted until further notice.
Source: Italian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
The GEIE of the Mont Blanc Tunnel informs you that, in order to allow maintenance works to be carried out, the traffic in the tunnel will be completely interrupted during the following nights:
- on Monday 20thApril 2020, from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.
- on Tuesday 21stApril 2020, from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.
- on Wednesday 22ndApril 2020, from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.
- on Thursday 23rdApril 2020, from 11.30 p.m. to 4.00 a.m.,
For more information, please see attached in English, French and Italian.
On 1 April, the Prime Minister announced a new decree extending the deadline of the measures currently in force. These measures will remain applicable until 13 April 2020.
Source: Italian Government
On 31 March, the Italian Ministry of Transport has extended the temporary authorization concerning the use of rolling highway permits, normally used by non-EU companies to enter Italy by rail; such permits are momentarily valid for entering Italy by road too. The extension applies until further notice.
The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has signed a decree extending the suspension of the current traffic ban for HGVs with a maximum total mass exceeding 7.5 tonnes on extra-urban roads for the next two Sundays, on 29 March and 5 April 2020. Note that for vehicles performing international transport, the suspension of traffic restrictions is to be maintained until further notice. The text of the decree is available here.
Source: Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
Last night, the Prime Ministerial Decree dated 22 March 2020 was issued concerning "Further implementing provisions of the decree - 23 February 2020, no. 6, containing urgent measures regarding the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19”. This decree applies to the entire national territory, and also applies to regions with special statutes, and to the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano.
Particular attention is drawn to the below:
- Art. 1.1b: People cannot use public or private means of transport to reach a different municipality from the one they are currently in, with the exception of work or health reasons or in cases of extreme urgency.
- Art. 1.4: Non-essential companies have until 25 March to prepare for suspension; this includes the shipment of goods in stock.
This decree takes effect from 23 March 2020 and is effective until 3 April 2020. In addition, the Prime Ministerial Decree of 11 March 2020 and the ordinance of the Minister of Health of 20 March 2020, both effective from 25 March 2020, are both extended to 3 April 2020.
All non-essential industrial and commercial production activities are suspended, with the exception of those mentioned in Annex 1 of the text. The decree’s (pdf file here– IT – official translation not available) general rules, in Annex 1, specify the production activities and services that can continue with their activity (ATECO Codes - https://www.istat.it/it/archivio/17888).
It is recommended that road freight transport and logistics companies check with their customers/clients based in Italy to verify whether their activity is among those included in Annex 1 and can therefore continue working.
Some of the activities included in Annex 1:
- Production of wood packaging material
- Waste collection, treatment and disposal; recovery of materials
- Vehicle maintenance and repair
- Trade in vehicles’ parts and accessories
- Wholesale trade of transport equipment
- Wholesale trade of petroleum products, lubricants and heating fuel
- Land transport and pipeline transport
- Maritime and waterway transport
- Air transport
- Storage and transport support activities
- Postal and courier services
- Packaging (own account and third parties)