Austria has launched extreme restrictions for unvaccinated folks following a spike in new Covid instances.
Round two million individuals who have but to be totally vaccinated have been put beneath lockdown as of Monday 15 November, solely permitted to depart residence for a slim variety of causes equivalent to meals procuring or work.
“We’re not taking this step frivolously, however sadly it’s essential,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg mentioned after the seven-day an infection price hit greater than 800 instances per 100,000 folks.
However what do the brand new guidelines imply for travellers? Right here’s what we all know thus far.
Can vaccinated Brits journey to Austria?
Sure. In the event you present proof of vaccination, you should not have to self-isolate or register upon entry to Austria. Austria will settle for the UK’s proof of Covid restoration and vaccination file. 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 may be scanned efficiently.
Nevertheless, Austria is one in every of a handful of nations that has launched an expiration date for vaccine passports. “For double-shot vaccines (eg AstraZeneca, Moderna), you need to present that you just obtained the second injection not more than 360 days earlier than arrival,” says the International Workplace (FCDO). “In the event 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 decreasing subsequent month – from 6 December 2021, you might be solely thought-about 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 adverse check or proof of restoration from Covid, plus self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.
For proof of a adverse Covid check, PCR outcomes have to be no older than 72 hours, antigen check (eg lateral circulate) outcomes have to be no older than 48 hours, and antigen self-test outcomes (which have to be recorded in an official information processing system) have to be no older than 24 hours.
For proof of restoration, travellers should present proof of restoration through the previous 180 days or proof of neutralising antibodies not more than 90 days outdated.
Kids as much as the age of 12 should not have to supply a check outcome 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 concurrently 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.
“You’ll be able to go away self-isolation after 5 days with a brand new adverse PCR check outcome,” says the FCDO. “The day of entry counts as ‘day zero’.”
Nevertheless, the brand new guidelines which have come into play imply unvaccinated travellers will then be topic to lockdown, solely capable of go away their lodging for “important” causes (though youngsters beneath the age of 12 and individuals who have not too long ago recovered from the virus can be exempt).
The lockdown restrictions will initially be in place for 10 days.
Are there restrictions in place as soon as there?
Unvaccinated folks had been already barred from visiting eating places, hairdressers and cinemas – though this can be largely irrelevant beneath lockdown. The identical goes for Christmas Markets, bars, eating places, nightclubs, theatres and accommodations, that are open just for people who find themselves vaccinated or have not too long ago recovered from Covid-19.
Elsewhere, FFP2 face masks – the European equal to N95 respirator masks – are obligatory on public transport and in taxis, plus in retailers, banks, bakeries, cable vehicles, museums, libraries, publish places of work, pharmacies and docs’ places of work.
What are the foundations for returning to the UK?
There are not any international locations left on the UK’s crimson listing at current, that means all nations are on its Remainder of World (ROW) listing.
Necessities for returning to the UK rely on whether or not the traveller is totally vaccinated or not. Those that are double jabbed haven’t any want to check earlier than returning or quarantine – they have to merely e book and take a personal Covid check (lateral circulate is now acceptable) inside two days of arriving.
Travellers who aren’t totally vaccinated should current a adverse Covid check (lateral circulate is suitable) taken within the three days earlier than departure, self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, and take two personal PCR assessments on days two and eight of quarantine. These in England could choose to pay for a 3rd check on day 5 to depart self-isolation early if the result’s adverse.
All travellers should fill in a passenger locator kind earlier than departure for the UK.