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Where Austrians can travel now

Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered do not have advantages everywhere.

The Minister of Health has already booked his summer vacation in Italy, and given the openings, many Austrians are probably there right now: In most of the neighboring countries, a vacation in summer with a negative corona test is almost "unrestricted" possible. In some countries, however, entry is completely prohibited and after a holiday in countries with a high seven-day incidence, quarantine is necessary after returning.

On May 19th at midnight, a new entry regulation came into force in Austria. The focus is on the 3-G rule: Proof of vaccination, testing or recovery is required for every type of entry. However, the guidelines contain some complications: “If you have recovered, vaccinated or tested, you can enter from most European countries, but this only applies to a limited extent for countries on a different list, such as the important holiday destination Croatia. That is incomprehensible ”, says Gregor Kadanka, chairman of the professional association of travel agencies at the Chamber of Commerce (WKO).

“Guests from the Netherlands or Sweden, for example, have to go into quarantine despite tests on arrival. This can be ended from day five after entry with a new negative test result, ”says Susanne Kraus-Winkler, chairwoman of the hotel industry at the WKO. “But: Which tourist accepts such a quarantine when on vacation?” Entry from some of the countries of origin that are important for Austria, such as the USA, Great Britain or the United Arab Emirates, is completely prohibited.

Relief depends on vaccine approval

Another problem is that the same rules do not apply to all vaccinated people. Those who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that has not (yet) been approved by the EMA will not receive any relief when entering Austria or access restrictions. “I am thinking primarily of all Hungarian, Russian or Asian guests who have been vaccinated with Sputnik V, for example. We urgently need action here, ”says Kraus-Winkler.

In Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Kosovo, Croatia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Cyprus and on the Portuguese Azores Fully vaccinated persons are exempt from the applicable requirements with appropriate proof. In the other countries there are still no benefits for vaccinated people. The test rules also differ from country to country. In some countries - similar to Austria - there is an obligation to register before entering the country.

The following applies when traveling to Austria as well as the regulation when returning to Austria: One Quarantine obligation only applies to entry from EU countries Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden and Cyprus as well as from Great Britain, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Albania. However, vaccinated and recovered persons are excluded.

In Finland, Latvia, Norway, Russia, the Czech Republic and Hungary entry is currently not allowed.

Entry without restrictions from Austria

Albania, Luxembourg (only when entering by land), North Macedonia and Switzerland (only for the federal states of Vienna, Burgenland, Lower Austria, Carinthia, Styria, Tyrol and Vorarlberg when entering by land and water)

Entry for those who have been tested, vaccinated and recovered without quarantine

Andorra: Compulsory test for stays of three days or more

Bosnia Herzegovina: PCR test not older than 48 hours

Bulgaria: Negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or negative antigen test (not older than 48 hours), proven survived infection or complete vaccination

Germany: Antigen test not older than 48 hours or PCR test not older than 72 hours or proof of vaccination at least 14 days after full vaccination or proof of recovery.

France: PCR test not older than 72 hours

Greece: PCR test not older than 72 hours or vaccination certificate (14 days after full vaccination) or proof of recovery. A COVID-19 rapid test is carried out on arrival; if the test is positive, a 14-day quarantine is prescribed. Registration is compulsory for all travelers.

Italy: PCR or antigen tests not older than 48 hours. Entrants must also have a completed self-declaration form with them or, from May 24th, register electronically in advance.

Kosovo: negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or proof of vaccination.

Croatia: Negative PCR test or antigen test not older than 48 hours or evidence of a previous infection or first partial vaccination or complete vaccination more than 14 days ago.

Luxembourg: if arriving by plane, a negative PCR or antigen test that was carried out less than 72 hours before departure must be presented. There are no restrictions when entering by land.

In Malta, Moldova and Monaco the PCR test must not be older than 72 hours.

Montenegro: PCR test not older than 72 hours or proof of the presence of antibodies or proof of complete vaccination at least seven days ago

Netherlands: When entering by plane, a negative PCR test must be submitted no older than 24 hours before boarding or a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours as well as a negative rapid test no more than 24 hours before boarding. If you arrive by train, the negative PCR test can be a maximum of 72 hours old. There is currently no compulsory test when entering the country by car, but a corresponding draft law is being planned.

Poland: PCR or antigen test not older than 48 hours. Vaccinated and convalescent people are exempt from the test.

Portugal: PCR test not older than 72 hours before boarding and prior registration. Recovered or vaccinated people are exempt from the test requirement on Madeira Island. In the Azores, if you are staying for a long time, additional tests must be carried out on the sixth and twelfth days from the date the first test was taken.

Romania: PCR test not older than 72 hours or proof of complete vaccination, whereby the 2nd dose must be at least ten days ago (vaccination confirmation from the vaccination center).

Sweden: negative PCR or antigen test not older than 48 hours. The Swedish government also recommends a seven-day self-quarantine and further corona tests immediately after entry and after five days.

In Spain, in the Turkey and in the Ukraine PCR test must not be older than 72 hours in Serbia and Slovenia not older than 48 hours.

Cyprus: PCR test not older than 72 hours as well as electronic registration prior to entry, a maximum of 24 hours prior to departure, mandatory. Fully vaccinated people can enter the country without restrictions. Random PCR tests after arrival in Cyprus can be carried out at any time even on those who have been completely vaccinated.

Quarantine for travelers from Austria

Belgium: Entrants from Austria require a negative corona test that is not older than 72 hours. In addition, travelers from Austria (with the exception of Burgenland) must undergo a mandatory quarantine of at least seven days. The quarantine is ended with a subsequent negative corona test.

Denmark: A negative COVID-19 test not older than 48 hours must be presented upon entry. In addition, a quick test must be carried out upon arrival at the airport and a ten-day self-monitored quarantine must be entered. Free testing is possible after four days at the earliest.

Estonia: People entering from Austria must present a negative PCR test and complete a ten-day home quarantine. Free testing is possible after six days at the earliest. Fully vaccinated or recovered persons are exempt from the obligation to test and quarantine (presentation of a health certificate is required).

Great Britain: When entering from Austria, a negative PCR test or antigen test with more than 97% specificity must be submitted and a ten-day quarantine must be undertaken. Free testing is possible after five days. In addition, travelers must undergo a test at their own expense on the second and eighth day of quarantine (also in the case of free testing on the fifth day).

Ireland: Austrians must present a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours upon entry. In addition, they have to complete a 14-day quarantine, a free test is possible after five days at the earliest.

Iceland: Entrants must register, submit a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours, and go into quarantine for five days. In addition, a second test after arrival and a third after five days are mandatory. The quarantine does not apply to anyone who can present an international vaccination certificate or a certificate stating that they have survived an infection. Nevertheless, a Covid test must be carried out upon entry.

Lithuania: In addition to online registration and submission of a negative corona test that is no more than 72 hours old, travelers also have to go into a ten-day quarantine. Free testing is possible after seven days. Exceptions exist for fully vaccinated persons or people who can be shown to have had a corona infection.

Switzerland and Liechtenstein: Travelers from the federal states of Upper Austria and Salzburg must present a negative corona test and complete a ten-day quarantine. A free test is possible in Switzerland from the seventh day at the earliest; in Liechtenstein not There is neither a test nor a quarantine obligation for people arriving from other federal states by train, ship, car, bicycle or on foot. When traveling by air, all travelers must present a negative PCR test.

Slovakia: Entrants must register and enter a 14-day home quarantine, a free day is possible on the eighth day at the earliest.

Belarus: A negative PCR test is required upon entry and a ten-day home quarantine is mandatory

(APA / red.)