Austria has relaxed the entry requirements for travellers arriving from the United Kingdom.
Entry requirements eased for UK arrivals
Fully vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom will no longer need to quarantine on arrival. However, they will need to show either proof of double vaccination, recovery from COVID infection, or a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival in the country.
According to the latest update on Austria’s travel portal, the UK has been removed from Austria’s ‘virus variant areas’ list along with India, Russia, Botswana, Nepal, South Africa and Zambia.
Non-vaccinated travellers from the above mentioned countries can also enter Austria for non-essential reasons but will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine, although children under 12 travelling with fully vaccinated adults are exempt.
Additionally, the Netherlands has also been moved to the safe countries’ list. This means that travellers will no longer need to present a negative RT-PCR test but instead either a negative antigen test, proof of vaccination or past infection.
The announcement from Austria will come as welcome news to British travellers as Austria was recently moved to the UK’s ‘green’ list meaning that Brits will not have to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK.
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Regarding vaccination requirements, the portal says:
From 18 August, new requirements pertaining to vaccinations will apply: to enter Austria, vaccinated travellers will need to show proof of either both completed doses of AstraZeneca, BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm, or Sinovac or one Johnson & Johnson dose + 22 days or proof of past infection + one vaccination dose + 22 days.
Austria is also accepting travellers who have had two doses of two different authorised vaccines.
Entry requirements relaxed for Indians too
Austria has eased entry requirements for travellers from India too. A few European countries (e.g.: Spain and Switzerland) have started to issue Schengen tourist visas for Indian nationals travelling from India. Austria is following them by allowing Indian nationals to enter the country after staying 10 days in any safe countries or being double vaccinated with Covishield. The Indian vaccine Covishield is accepted to enter Austria and quarantine is no longer required.
To check the list of countries that Austria considers Safe, click here.
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