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Austria Has Removed UK, the Netherlands, Denmark & Norway From List of Virus Variant Countries Today

Travelers from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway as of today, January 24, are subject to more moderate entry rules when planning travel to Austria.

According to the announcement of Austria’s official travel portal, citizens of the above-mentioned countries have the right to enter Austria without having to follow quarantine rules, provided they have completed the virus immunization process and received the third vaccination or recovered from the virus in the past 180 days, SchengenVisaInfo reports. com.

However, they are required to submit a negative test no longer than 48 hours on arrival in Austria.

On December 25, authorities in Austria added the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark to the list of virus regions after confirming that these regions had reported high rates of COVID-19 infection.

Since then, only people who have received a booster vaccine and who can provide valid evidence showing they have tested negative for the virus within the past 72 hours have been allowed in.

Earlier this month, the Austrian government followed the example of other EU countries and announced that it would reduce the validity of vaccination passports from February 1.

Austria will only recognize vaccination documents showing that their holders have taken the second dose in the past 180 days to establish their “2-G” status.

The authorities in Austria will allow entry to all people who received the last dose of the vaccine within 270 days. However, since they cannot meet the “2-G Rule”, they will be required to follow the test rules and other requirements upon arrival.

This means that if more than 180 days have passed since people completed the virus immunization process, they need to receive a booster dose, so their vaccination certificate remains valid to enter Austria.

Austrian authorities have confirmed that once the booster dose is taken, the vaccination certificate will remain valid for another 270 days, meaning that if people receive an additional vaccine dose in the next month, their passports will be considered valid in Austria until November.

“Double-dose vaccinations are valid for 270 days to enter Austria. However, to prove your “2-G” status during your stay in Austria, from February 1, 2022, the validity of the second vaccination will be reduced to 180 days. The Austrian official travel portal statement revealed the continued validity of 270-day booster injection.

Figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Austria has recorded more than 1,530,919 cases of COVID-19 infection and 13,501 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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