Coronavirus Measures Taken in International Transportation

Coronavirus Measures Taken in International Transportation
Coronavirus Measures Taken in International Transportation

📩 19/03/2020 14:00

COVID-2019, which emerged in the Wuhan region of China in December 19, has turned into a global health crisis. The coronavirus, which has spread to 155 countries from the moment of its emergence, has been described as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since physical contact is the main reason for the spread of the disease, governments control the entrances and exits from their countries in order to prevent the epidemic and even implement measures that completely prevent people and goods from crossing borders.

The ongoing schemes of political, social, cultural and economic activities are faced with a crisis stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak in a process where global trade facilitating measures have been put in place by both countries and supranational organizations, and current practices for the exchange of merchandise have been tried to be developed. While countries try to overcome this crisis with intensified measures at the border crossings, border crossings that are prevented for precaution, face the global supply chain and the service sector with another crisis.

• Due to the canceled passenger flight services, the demand for cargo aircraft increases for the cargo volume carried on passenger aircraft.

• Due to the contraction in China's export volume, China-based container ships are being canceled, causing countries with China to experience capacity shortages.

• Containers are kept at ports due to restrictions on rail transport.

• Controls and restrictions applied in highway border crossings cause delays in road transport. In some countries, borders are closed to both human and freight transport.



• Turkey

Train traffic on the Kapıköy pass is suspended due to the coronavirus. Kapıköy transition is first limited to be opened to move the direction Iran provided allocating wagon, with respect Iran Turkey future empty / full wagon transportation shall begin after the commissioning of the wagon disinfection system to be installed in the buffer zone and the disinfecting railcar to vent at least 4 hours.


• Azerbaijan

Freight transportation between Iran and Azerbaijan can be done. Accompanied passage (truck with driver) from the border is allowed. Passenger transport is not allowed.

Updated on: 10.03.2020
Source: IRU


Bulgarian authorities declared a "state of emergency" in the country on 13 March. Preventive measures limiting the spread of corona virus are not yet included in the restriction of international passenger and goods transport.


As of February 26, 2020, passport submission was initiated by TIR drivers when entering Georgia. TIR drivers who have visa / stamp in their passports for travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy in the last 21 days are not allowed to enter Georgia (except for Georgian citizens). The Sarp Border Gate was closed to passenger traffic on March 15, 2020, but there are no restrictions on freight traffic.


Although there is no regulation that prevents the personnel using the transportation vehicles from entering and leaving the Italian territory, entry, exit and transit transportation to Italy continues.


The Greek Government launched new applications on 15 March 2020 to limit the spread of the corona virus.
Updated on: 16.03.2020

Passenger transportation:

• Greece decided to close its borders with Albania and North Macedonia. It stopped flights from and to Spain. Ended cruise ship service from and to Italy. Greek citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to pass through Albania and North Macedonia.
Greek ports will no longer accept cruise ships.

Goods transport:

• Transportation of goods is exempted from these measures.
• Ferries to and from Italy continue their normal functioning for freight transport.

In addition, the Greek Government required persons entering Greece from any other country to spend 16 days in mandatory quarantine on March 14. Truck drivers carrying international freight are exempt from the 14-day quarantine provision.



Cargo can be carried on flights.

Updated on: 16.03.2020

Until April 17 All Italy, Iran and Iraq Flights have been canceled.
Until April 17 All Chinese flights were canceled until April 1. 1 fr per week in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai on April 17-3. It will continue as and all Xi'an flights will be canceled.
Until April 17 South Korea flights have been canceled until April 1st. 1 frk per week between April 17-3. It will be performed as.
Until April 1 Hong Kong (HKG) flights 2 frk per week. canceled and 4 frk per week. It is performed as.
Until April 17 In Azerbaijan, Nakhichevan-Ganja (NAJ-KVD) flights will be carried out as Ganja (KVD).
Until April 1 2 frk per week. The expedition to Bahrain (BAH) has been canceled (7 francs per week).
Until April 17 7 frk weekly in Turkmenistan. The Ashgabat (ASB) flight has been canceled, instead of 2 franks per week. Turkmenabat (CRZ) expedition is planned.
Until April 17 Tel Aviv (TLV) services in Israel are 2 francs per day. will be performed as.
Until April 17 All Riyadh (RUH) and Dammam (DMM) flights have been canceled in Saudi Arabia.
Until April 17 In Kazakhstan, Almaty (ALA) and Nur-Sultan (TSE) flights are 3 francs per week. will be performed as.
Until April 17 Ulaanbaatar (ULN) flights and all Kuwait (KWI) flights have been canceled in Mongolia.
Until April 17 All Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Sweden as expeditions will carry passengers from Turkey, will return empty.
Until April 1 All Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH), Charjah (SHJ), Amman (AMM) and Aqaba (AQJ) flights have been canceled.

Updated on: 17.03.2020

Area Country Cancel Deadline Cancellation Status
O.DOG of-CYPRUS Lubnan on Mar 31 Canceled
D.AV on-BALKANS Azerbaijan April 1 Canceled
ASIA-FAR EAST Özbekistan April 1 Canceled
D.AV on-BALKANS Georgia April 1 Canceled
D.AV on-BALKANS Moldova April 1 Canceled
North Africa Fas April 1 Canceled
N. Europe Letonya April 15 Canceled
O.AVRUP to Polonya on Mar 28 Canceled
ASIA-FAR EAST Taipei April 1 Canceled

• Turkey

According to the decisions of the Science Committee of the Ministry of Health; As of March 17, 2020, 08:00, flights to England, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates were stopped.

Updated on: 16.03.2020

• Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Denmark were brought from Turkey to the flight ban as at March 15, 2020.
Source: SHGM

• Airline transportation with Georgia will be mutually suspended on 20 March 2020, 24.00.


• Turkey

vessel arrival notification of ships calling on Turkey to do the port 24 hours before arriving in the port of liability has been increased to 48 hours.

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