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Austria Lifts COVID-19 Certificate Requirement for Access to Shops & Museums

Austrian authorities have announced that from today, February 12, the country will abolish the “2-G” requirement when entering shops and museums.

This means that citizens of the country, as well as travelers, will not be required to provide valid proof of vaccination or recovery when attending the public places listed above, TheSchengen.com reports.

Apart from abolishing the requirement to present a vaccination and recovery certificate when entering shops and museums, the authorities have revealed that there will be no limit to the number of people allowed to attend these events at the same time.

As of February 12, proof of “2-G” is no longer required to enter stores, museums, and body-related services (such as hairdressers). In addition, there will be no upper limit for people attending the events,” Austria’s official travel portal said in a statement.

In addition, the authorities revealed that other national COVID-19 restrictions will also be relaxed by the end of next week.

According to an official statement from the Austrian travel portal, starting from February 19, citizens and travelers will be able to enter restaurants and hotels by submitting only a negative COVID-19 test result.

This means that once this new rule comes into effect, people who want to access restaurants and stay in hotels will not be required to present a vaccination or refund certificate as long as the test result is negative.

The authorities added that “from February 19, ‘2-G’ will be replaced by ‘3-G’ (vaccinated, recovered or PCR tested) in restaurants/hotels in all Austrian provinces except Vienna where ‘2-G’ remains.” “”.

Austria has also updated its entry rules for arriving travelers. The latter’s authorities announced earlier in January that travelers who have already received a booster dose do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry.

In addition, the same made clear that the validity of vaccination certificates had changed. Since February 1, Austria only recognizes vaccination certificates that prove that the holder has received the last dose of the vaccine within the past 180 days.

On the other hand, vaccination certificates indicating that the holder has received two doses of vaccinations remain valid for 210 days for children under 18 years of age.

Previously, the President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen, signed a new law, which states that from March 15, all citizens of the country who have not been vaccinated against the virus will be at risk of being fined.

>> Unvaccinated Austrians will be fined from 15 March

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