Austrian Health Minister Wolfgang Mochstein announced that travelers returning from Spain, the Netherlands and Cyprus will have to undergo screening in order to enter Austria. However, Minister Mochstein did not mention any date for the law to enter into force.
Currently, people who have been fully vaccinated and have recovered from the coronavirus are allowed into the country, but the government is concerned about infection rates in the country that have soared due to travel, SchengenVisainfo.com reports.
Nearly a third of new infections can be traced back to travel, and many infections are spread by people who return to travel. Therefore, the federal government is turning the screws a little bit more in this area,” Minister Mocstein said.
He pointed out that this is how the government is trying to contain the rapid spread of the virus and protect citizens who are currently unable to be vaccinated.
Arrivals from Spain, the Netherlands and Cyprus, whether they are Austrian nationals or not, must submit a negative PCR test while entering the country.
If travelers are unable to provide such evidence, they can take the test for free at the airport. No quarantine time is required in the meantime unless the test taken at the airport is positive. But anyone who refuses to take the test will risk a fine of up to 1,450 euros.
Austria’s Health and Food Safety Agency (AGES) recently revealed that the 31.1 percent increase in COVID-19 cases detected from July 5 to July 11 is linked to travel activities.
On the other hand, figures from June 28 to July 4 indicate that travel-related cases of coronavirus made up 25.3 percent of the total numbers during that week.
The agency also revealed that low family-related infection rates accounted for 66.4% of positive cases were in this category in late May, while over the past week, 33.4% of newly reported cases were family related.
The Austrian agency stated: “According to current estimates, the median value of the serial interval based on 250 transmission pairs examined in Austria is 3.37 days, and is therefore about one day shorter than the median value of 4.46 days calculated in Spring 2020.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that in the last 24 hours, 323 positive cases were recorded in Austria, but no deaths related to the Corona virus were reported. Since January 2020, the country has seen 10,524 deaths from COVID-19 and 651,873 people have tested positive for the virus.
Our World in Data reports that 3.72 million Austrians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which is 42.1 percent of the population.
About 56.8 percent of the population received an injection of the vaccine out of a total of 8.61 million doses given to Austrian citizens.