Due to the increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19 infection in Austria, the country’s authorities have announced that additional measures have been imposed in order to stop the spread of the virus further and protect public health.
According to the new procedures updated yesterday, November 8, Austria now has a new “2-G rule”, which refers to vaccination and recovery requirements. This means that all people, including travelers, are now required to provide valid proof of vaccination or recovery in order to be allowed access to various inland regions while in Austria.
Additionally, with this update, the same has confirmed that COVID-19 tests, both PCR and antigen, are no longer valid, meaning that only those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus are allowed to enter bars, restaurants and accommodations, among other things. TheSchengen.com report.
“In Austria, the 2-G (“vaccine, recovered”) rule is in effect in many areas. Access to accommodation, restaurants/pubs, cable cars, and cultural institutions, among others, is only possible with proof of complete vaccination/previous infection. It is no longer A negative Covid-19 test is sufficient,” the Austrian official travel portal said in a statement.
Regarding the “2-G” rule, the authorities have made it clear that the measure does not apply to children under the age of 12. As for children aged 12-18, a solution is in the works.
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Apart from the above measures, it has been emphasized that changes have also been made to the validity of the vaccination passport. Currently, Austria recognizes certificates of vaccination as long as no more than 12 months have passed since the last dose of the vaccine.
However, in line with the new regulation, from December 6, vaccination passports will only remain valid for nine months.
Austrian authorities note that “two-dose vaccinations are valid only for nine months after the second dose on December 6 (previously: 12 months)”.
Austria currently recognizes all vaccination certificates indicating that the holder has been fully immunized against COVID-19 with the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In addition, three other WHO approved vaccines are accepted as valid evidence of travel immunity.
The full list of vaccines allowed to enter Austria is as follows:
Pfizer / Biontech AstraZeneca Johnson & Johnson Moderna Coffeeshield Sinopharm Sinovac
While the first five vaccinations listed apply to entry and the ‘2-G rule’, those vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm are only allowed to enter Austria but not to access restaurants, theaters, museums, bars and many more.