Emergency measures in international transport will take effect on Saturday

Emergency measures in international transport will take effect on Saturday
12/3/2020Press releases

From Monday 16th, traveling abroad is forbidden. International transportation is interrupted. Freight drivers, bus drivers or workers in critical infrastructure can cross the borders. They got an exception.

Emergency measures in international transport will take effect on Saturday
 
As part of the declared state of emergency measures and at the proposal of the Minister of Transport Karel Havlíček, the government has banned all carriers in international road, rail and water public transport from transporting passengers across the Czech border. Czech citizen will be enabled to return to the country and foreigners will be enabled to leave the Czech Republic.
 
The restrictions on roads apply to regular and occasional passenger transport using vehicles that can carry more than 8 passengers, and regarding railway and water transport, they apply to all international passenger trains and ferries. The government has also banned cross-border commercial passenger flights from using airports other than Prague Vaclav Havel International Airport (Prague Ruzyně, LKPR).
 

The government enables citizens to return to the Czech Republic


As part of the crisis measure, the government allows the Czech citizens to return to the Czech Republic in vehicles that can carry more than 8 passengers. Similarly, foreigners will be allowed to leave the territory of the Czech Republic.
 
Carriers in international road passenger transport based in the Czech Republic as well as carriers based outside the Czech Republic are allowed to move their empty buses without passengers across the Czech border in either direction.
 
Similarly, carriers in international railroad passenger transport based in the Czech Republic as well as carriers based outside the Czech Republic are allowed to move their empty trains without passengers across the Czech border in either direction.
 
Carriers in international cross-border river ferry passenger transport based in the Czech Republic as well as carriers based outside the Czech Republic are allowed to move their empty vessels without passengers across the Czech border in either direction.

 

Government Resolution on the adoption of crisis measures


Following the Government Resolution dated March 12, 2020, passed pursuant to Articles 5 and 6 of the Constitutional Act No. 110/1998 Sb., on the Security of the Czech Republic, the Government declared a state of emergency on the territory of the Czech Republic in response to the public health threat posed by the occurrence of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 and within the meaning of Section 5(a-d) and Section 6 of Act No. 240/2000 Sb., on Crisis Management and the Amendment of Certain Acts (the Crisis Act), as amended, in order to address the occurred crisis situation, decided to adopt crisis measures, thus within the meaning of Section 6 para 1(b) of the Crisis Act, the Government

I. p r o h i b i t s
1. All carriers in international road passenger transport using vehicles that can carry more than 8 passengers from carrying passengers across the state border of the Czech Republic, with effect from March 14, 2020, 12:00 AM.
2. All carriers in international railroad passenger transport from carrying of passengers across the state border of the Czech Republic, with effect from March 14, 2020, 12:00 AM.
3. All carriers in cross-border river ferry passenger transport from carrying of passengers across the state border of the Czech Republic, with effect from March 14, 2020, 12:00 AM.
4. All air carriers from using airports other than Prague Vaclav Havel International Airport (Prague Ruzyně, LKPR) for cross-border commercial passenger flights, with effect from March 14, 2020, 12:00 AM.

 
II. p e r m i t s
1. Return to the Czech Republic for Czech citizens and foreign nationals with temporary residence over 90 days and permanent residence in the Czech Republic using services of occasional international road passenger transport provided using vehicles that can carry more than 8 passengers.
2. Departure from the Czech Republic for foreign nationals using services of occasional international road passenger transport provided using vehicles that can carry more than 8 passengers.
3. Cross-border transfer of empty buses without passengers across the Czech border in either direction for carriers in international road passenger transport based in the Czech Republic as well as carriers based outside the Czech Republic.
4. Cross-border transfer of empty trains without passengers across the Czech border in either direction for carriers in international railroad passenger transport based in the Czech Republic as well as carriers based outside the Czech Republic.
5. Cross-border transfer of empty vessels without passengers across the Czech border in either direction for carriers in international cross-border river ferry passenger transport based in the Czech Republic as well as carriers based outside the Czech Republic.

6. Drivers of a vehicle for up to 9 passengers, who are transporting one of the above mentioned categories of people to their place of work and back, and the empty journeys associated with those transportations. The driver must be employed in the same company as the people he/she is transporting.
7. External drivers of a vehicle for up to 9 passengers, but only in case of alternating ship captains and cargo vessel crews (the driver must carry a contract/agreement).
III. s t i p u l a t e s
1. That exceptions to these emergency measures may be granted by the Minister of Transport.

 
The Minister of the Interior, based on Government Resolution No. 198 of 12 March 2020
 
Orders
The prohibition of entry, as referred in point I. of the Resolution, does not apply for:
  • international freight transport: lorry drivers, bus drivers, transport aircraft crews, train drivers, train crews and wagon examiner, ship's captains and crew members, crew of vehicles of road managers
  • members of the Mission under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, members of the consular services under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and officials of international organizations, including their family members
  • members of rescue services, such as fire brigade, rescue service and mountain rescue service
  • persons who demonstrably regularly crossing internal borders, in particular cross-border workers working within 50 km from the national border
  • citizens of Germany and Austria who demonstrably regularly crossing internal borders, in particular cross-border workers working within 50 km from the national border
  • experts in the fight against epidemics, humanitarian and medical aid
  • Members of the European Parliament.
The prohibition of entry, as referred in point I. 5. of this resolution, does not apply for:
  • foreigner with a permanent residence permit or temporary residence permit (stay over 90 days) who expresses an interest in traveling abroad; such persons  will not be entitled to re-enter the territory of the Czech Republic during the state of emergency
  • citizens of the Czech Republic with a proven residence permit in the risk area (country)
  • diplomatic staff, administrative staff, consular officers and technical staff, including their family members, pursuant to Section 2 of Act No. 150/2017 Coll., on Foreign Service and amending certain acts
  • international freight transport: lorry drivers, bus drivers, transport aircraft crews, train drivers, train crews and wagon examiner, ship's captains and crew members, crew of vehicles of road managers
  • members of the Mission under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, members of the consular services under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and officials of international organizations, including their family members
  • members of rescue services, such as fire brigade, rescue service and mountain rescue service
  • persons who demonstrably regularly crossing internal borders, in particular cross-border workers working within 50 km from the national border
  • citizens of Germany and Austria who demonstrably regularly crossing internal borders, in particular cross-border workers working within 50 km from the national border
  • experts in the fight against epidemics, humanitarian and medical aid
  • Members of the European Parliament.

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the exemptions in transport

I.
The prohibition of transport across the border of the Czech Republic does not apply to the international freight transport of goods, whether using vehicles with a maximum authorized mass exceeding 3.5 tons if they are intended for the transport of goods, or vehicles with a maximum authorized mass not exceeding 3.5 tons, if they are intended for the transport of goods, i.e. they must be N-category vehicles. However, only authorized border crossings may be used by these types of vehicles. These types of vehicles are not subject to the distance limit of 50 km from the state border.
When crossing the border, it is necessary to prove
(a) that it is a category N vehicle (e.g. by means of a technical document),
(b) that the transport is carried out in connection with the carrier’s business, whether for its own use or for use of a third party (e.g. in the form of proof of cargo, invoice or order)
(c) the relationship of the person driving the vehicle to the carrier (in the form of an employment contract or a certificate for international transport workers)
d) extract from the Trade Register

 
II.
Those carriers in international road passenger transport who are not able to return to the territory of the Czech Republic by 12:00 AM on March 14, 2020 will be allowed upon reaching the border of the Czech Republic with passengers who are Czech citizens or foreigners with temporary residence over 90 days or permanent residence in the Czech Republic, to proceed to the destination in the Czech Republic using the same means of transport as a non-recurring transport under the category of occasional road passenger transport.

 
III.
For passengers from another Member State who remain on the territory of the Czech Republic after March 14, 2020, an empty bus (with a driver) is allowed to enter the Czech Republic in order to repatriate these foreigners to their home country.

 
IV.
If an accompanying vehicle (e.g. a small passenger vehicle) accompanies a vehicle with an oversized and abnormal load, the occupants of the accompanying vehicle will be considered as part of that vehicle.

 
V.
The transport of newly manufactured buses by their own means cannot be considered as freight transport unless it is carried out directly by the carrier and therefore these vehicles cannot cross the borders of the Czech Republic.
 
VI.
If the driver is to take over a truck outside the Czech Republic, he/she will be enabled to do so upon presentation of a driver’s professional competence card and a special form (see below).

 
VII.
The Ministry of the Interior must be contacted with any requests regarding the changes to the specified border crossings.
 
VIII.
Possibility to provide taxi transport in the current situation: from Government Resolution No. 200/2020 Sb. it follows that taxis as a business are not limited in any way, so taxis can be operated.
The possibility for the driver to travel abroad: this is a question aimed at the Ministry of the Interior. From the information on the website of the Ministry of the Interior, it follows that a Czech citizen may not travel from the Czech Republic to a risk country such as Germany. For example, if a citizen already in Germany traveled back to the Czech Republic, he or she would have to be quarantined. The Ministry of the Interior has not provided any exemption for taxi drivers.



 
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