Austria is primed to introduce a nationwide lockdown following a spike in new Covid circumstances.
The brand new restrictions will come into impact on Monday 22 November and will probably be in place for at the very least 10 days, with the choice to increase them for an additional 10 days. The lockdown will finish on 12 December on the newest.
There may be already a lockdown in place within the nation particularly for the 2 million individuals who have but to be totally vaccinated. Since 15 November, unvaccinated residents and guests are solely permitted to depart dwelling for a slim variety of causes, equivalent to meals buying or work.
The newest lockdown will apply to vaccinated residents too, following report case numbers of coronavirus and Austria affected by having one of many lowest vaccination ranges in Western Europe.
“We don’t desire a fifth wave,” stated Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, including that vaccination would grow to be a authorized requirement from 1 February 2022.
However what do the brand new guidelines imply for travellers? Right here’s what we all know to date.
Can vaccinated Brits journey to Austria?
Sure. Should you present proof of vaccination, you do not need to self-isolate or register upon entry to Austria. Austria will settle for the UK’s proof of Covid restoration and vaccination report. In case you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination standing, it should date from after 1 November to make sure that the certificates could be scanned efficiently.
Nevertheless, if you’re as a consequence of journey there between 22 November and a couple of December – and doubtlessly up till 22 December – you have to abide by the nationwide lockdown. Meaning not leaving your lodging for something aside from “important” causes, equivalent to shopping for meals. Eating places, bars and sights will probably be closed and cultural occasions will probably be cancelled. It doesn’t make for a very alluring vacation prospect.
Austria can also be certainly one of a handful of nations that has launched an expiration date for vaccine passports. “For double-shot vaccines (eg AstraZeneca, Moderna), you have to present that you just obtained the second injection not more than 360 days earlier than arrival,” says the Overseas Workplace (FCDO). “Should you obtained a booster greater than 120 days after being totally immunised, this should not have been greater than 360 days earlier than arrival.”
This timeframe is lowering subsequent month – from 6 December 2021, you might be solely thought of vaccinated for 270 days after receiving a second or third dose of a recognised vaccine.
Can unvaccinated Brits journey to Austria?
Sure, however it’s a restriction-heavy course of. Travellers should current a unfavorable take a look at or proof of restoration from Covid, plus self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.
For proof of a unfavorable Covid take a look at, PCR outcomes should be no older than 72 hours, antigen take a look at (eg lateral movement) outcomes should be no older than 48 hours, and antigen self-test outcomes (which should be recorded in an official knowledge processing system) should be no older than 24 hours.
For proof of restoration, travellers should present proof of restoration throughout the previous 180 days or proof of neutralising antibodies not more than 90 days previous.
Kids as much as the age of 12 do not need to offer a take a look at end result if travelling beneath the supervision of an grownup. If the accompanying grownup has to self-isolate, the kid should self-isolate too. The kid can then go away self-isolation similtaneously the grownup. If travelling unattended, the identical necessities apply as for adults.
Kids aged 12-18 should self-isolate and register on arrival, except they or the grownup travelling with them are exempt from self-isolation, for instance by vaccination.
Nevertheless, the brand new lockdown guidelines imply unvaccinated travellers could be topic to an additional 10 days of lockdown even after self-isolation has ended, solely in a position to go away their lodging for “important” causes.
Are there restrictions in place as soon as there?
Unvaccinated persons are already barred from visiting eating places, hairdressers, cinemas, Christmas Markets, bars, eating places, nightclubs, theatres and motels – though that is largely irrelevant beneath the brand new lockdown, as the whole lot will probably be closed.
FFP2 face masks – the European equal to N95 respirator masks – are obligatory on public transport and in taxis, plus in outlets, banks, bakeries, cable vehicles, museums, libraries, submit places of work, pharmacies and docs’ places of work.
Can I cancel my vacation to Austria?
Should you’re as a consequence of vacation in Austria, your cancellation rights will depend upon what you’ve booked. Should you’ve bought a package deal vacation, you’re protected by the 2018 Package deal Journey and Linked Journey Preparations Laws; it’s seemingly your supplier will can help you shift dates or declare a full refund, as clearly your vacation wouldn’t match what was initially booked.
Should you’ve booked separate components, issues get extra complicated. Whether or not you may get a refund from the airline will depend upon whether or not the flight you’re as a consequence of take is cancelled. If it nonetheless runs, the service just isn’t obliged to refund you. Nevertheless, many airways have launched extra versatile rebooking insurance policies throughout the pandemic, so it’s price asking to vary your dates. Likewise, for those who contact your lodging supplier, they might be prepared to shift your reserving.
Additionally verify what’s coated by your journey insurance coverage – relying in your coverage phrases, you could possibly declare a reimbursement by this.
What are the foundations for returning to the UK?
There aren’t any nations left on the UK’s purple checklist at current, which means all nations are on its Remainder of World (ROW) checklist.
Necessities for returning to the UK depend upon whether or not the traveller is totally vaccinated or not. Those that are double jabbed don’t have any want to check earlier than returning or quarantine – they have to merely e-book and take a non-public Covid take a look at (lateral movement is now acceptable) inside two days of arriving.
Travellers who should not totally vaccinated should current a unfavorable Covid take a look at (lateral movement is appropriate) taken within the three days earlier than departure, self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, and take two personal PCR exams on days two and eight of quarantine. These in England could decide to pay for a 3rd take a look at on day 5 to depart self-isolation early if the result’s unfavorable.
All travellers should fill in a passenger locator kind earlier than departure for the UK.