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Austria Makes COVID-19 Testing Obligatory for Non-Vaccinated Arrivals From Netherlands, Spain & Cyprus

Travelers from three EU countries – the Netherlands, Spain and Cyprus – who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have not recently contracted the virus must provide proof of their COVID-19 test results upon arrival in Austria starting today.

The restrictions were imposed after these three countries recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in their territories.

As of August 3, the following special entry requirements are in effect for entry into Austria from the Netherlands, Spain and Cyprus: hour),” notes the Austrian official travel portal, adding that antigen testing is insufficient.

It also indicates that in order for a traveler to be eligible to enter as a vaccinated person, they must be vaccinated with one of the following:

BioNTech / Pfizer AstraZeneca (incl. Covishield) Johnson & Johnson Moderna Sinovac Sinopharm

Those who have been vaccinated with a mixture and match of the above vaccines are also considered immune.

According to the Austrian authorities, a traveler is considered vaccinated only 22 days after his first dose for a period of 90 days from the date of vaccination. After the second dose is taken, the travel proof of vaccination is extended for another 270 days.

“Vaccines that require only one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose and for 270 days from the date of vaccination. This also applies to people who have had COVID before and receive only one dose of any vaccine.

On the other hand, for a previous injury certificate to be valid for entry into Austria for travelers from the Netherlands, Spain and Cyprus, it must meet the following criteria:

The traveler must have been confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 90 days. The document must have been issued no later than 14 days after initial detection or onset of symptoms. Before the certificate is issued, it must also be emphasized that despite the positive test result, there is no relevant epidemic risk from the certificate holder.

Passengers arriving in Austria from these three countries who do not have proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a test, must take a PCR test at the airport immediately.

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Data published by the World Health Organization show that since the beginning of the epidemic, Austria has recorded a total of 655,145 cases of Covid-19 virus in its territory, of which 10,536 have resulted in death. Only 444 new cases were discovered in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands recorded 2,350 new cases, and Cyprus 277. The World Health Organization does not keep information on the number of cases registered in Spain in the past 24 hours.

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