Below, you will find information on the measures adopted by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure during the corona crisis.
Our core tasks
- Ensuring an unhindered movement of goods across borders and within Germany
- Maintaining a stable provision of basic passenger services
Reducing cross-border passenger transport to an absolute minimum for the protection of our citizens’ health. This applies to air, rail, road and maritime transport
- Entry restrictions for third country nationals: entry only if the reason for travelling is urgent
- Entry restrictions for EU citizens: entry only if the reason for travelling is urgent
- This does not apply to staff working in the goods transport sector and commuters.
What is needed to achieve this?
- Maintaining a functioning infrastructure, in particular to guarantee supply and logistics operations
- Continuing to allow transport operations for professional reasons, e.g. also for persons who do not have a car to get to work
- Safeguarding critical infrastructures, e.g. air navigation services, rail system, locks
- Keeping airports open to repatriate holidaymakers and import cargo
- Cooperative and coordinated action for a harmonised approach
- Allowing more flexibility, in particular regarding traffic regulations, work and delivery hours.
- Solidarity, rationality and awareness: in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, everyone is called upon to refrain from non-essential private trips, day trips, etc.
- Carriers that transport travellers to Germany (aircraft, ship, train or bus/coach), have to hand out leaflets from the Federal Ministry of Health on how to behave to protect public health. The same applies to airports, ports, passenger stations and bus and bus/coach terminals.
What we do
- The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is in close contact with all relevant actors from the Federal Government, the federal states, with European ministers of transport, transport and logistics companies and associations. (intermodal)
- The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has established an internet platform for regular exchanges of information with the federal states and associations.
Our contribution to ensuring the supply of goods
- The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has concluded a freight transport pact with the logistics sector. The sector guarantees the delivery of important goods and the maintenance of the supply chains between industry, retail trade and final consumer. Vision: solidarity and flexibility. The pact secures orders and jobs for German companies.
The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) have set up a joint crisis task force. Representatives from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Defence, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Federal Chancellery also contribute to this task force. The federal states are involved via liaison officers or special advisors. The task force’s most important task is containing the spread of the virus in Germany. For instance, infection transmission chains in case of persons entering Germany after having travelled long distances need to be interrupted.
Additionally, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is constantly in contact with representatives from the European level, the transport ministries of other countries and associations.
In accordance with the International Health Regulations Implementation Act, the order is issued by the Federal Ministry of Health and published by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.