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Austria Lifts All Domestic COVID-19 Restrictions on March 5

From Sunday, March 5, travelers, as well as citizens of Austria, will not be required to follow COVID-19 precautions.

After assessing the current epidemiological situation and taking into account the increasing vaccination rates, the Austrian authorities announced that almost all measures would be canceled.

It has been clarified that the only measure that will remain in place is to wear FFP2 masks when arriving on public transportation and essential stores.

“On March 5, all Covid protection measures will be lifted except for the mandatory FFP2 masks in public transport and in essential stores (supermarkets, post offices, banks and pharmacies),” reads a statement from Austria’s official travel portal.

This statement indicates that all people will be able to enter all types of accommodation, restaurants, cafes, cultural institutions and recreational centers without the need to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate.

In addition to the above two certifications, a negative test result will also not be required when attending one of these venues, reports.

Aside from canceling local measures, authorities have announced that clubs will also open again starting from March 5.

Austria currently applies a “3-G rule” to enter the country. This means that all travelers with a valid certificate certifying that its holder has been recently recovered, vaccinated or tested negative can enter Austria for travel purposes.

“To prove your ‘3-G’ status, you can use the NHS Covid app or EU Covid Pass. Hard copies and medical certificates of vaccination or recovery are also accepted.”

The vaccination certificate is valid upon arrival in Austria as long as the document indicates that the holder has completed the initial vaccination with one of the accepted vaccines within the last 270 days. Those who were vaccinated more than nine months ago need to receive a booster dose to extend the validity of their vaccination permit.

On the other hand, a recovery certificate is only recognized if its holder is proven to be infected with the virus within the past 180 days. As for those who plan to enter Austria by submitting a negative COVID-19 test result, the authorities have confirmed that they accept the results of the rapid antigen test and PCR.

A PCR test is accepted if performed 72 hours prior to admission, and a rapid antigen test is accepted if performed within 48 hours prior to admission.

>> Austria now accepts COVID-19 tests as valid proof of entry

Travelers without a vaccination or refund certificate or negative test result are required to follow the rules of self-isolation upon arrival in Austria. In addition, they are required to sign their entry on a pre-travel permit.

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