Similar to other EU member states, Austrian authorities have announced that the country will limit the validity of vaccination permits from February 1.
In line with new rules that will take effect ten days later, Austria will only recognize vaccination cards showing that the holder has taken a second dose of the vaccine in the past 180 days to prove a “2-G” status.
Austria will still allow entry to those who received their last dose within 270 days. However, since they cannot meet the “2-G rule,” they will be subject to additional restrictions, such as providing a pre-entry PCR test.
This means that all people who were fully vaccinated more than 180 days ago need to receive a booster dose in order for their certificate of vaccination to remain valid in Austria, TheSchengen.com reports.
However, it has been clarified that once the booster dose is received, the vaccination permit will remain valid for another 270 days. This means that if someone receives an extra dose of vaccine in February, their card will be recognized in Austria until November.
“Double-dose vaccinations are valid for 270 days to enter Austria. However, to prove your “2-G” status during your stay in Austria, from February 1, 2022, the validity of the second vaccination will be reduced to 180 days. The booster injection remains valid for 270 days,” As stated in the statement of the official Austrian travel portal.
The “G2-Rule” currently applied by Austria refers to the requirement to present a valid vaccination or refund certificate upon entering the country. Those who hold one of these two certificates are allowed entry to most places and activities provided that their permits comply with the new rules.
As for children under 12 years of age, it has been confirmed that they are exempt from the requirement to receive an extra dose. Furthermore, children born on or after September 1, 2006, who have completed the vaccination process for more than 180 days, can still obtain “2-G” status using the so-called Holiday Ninja Pass.
Other countries in the European Union and the Schengen area, including the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Greece and Switzerland, have announced that they will shorten the validity of vaccination certificates.
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Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that Austria had also decided to remove all countries from its list of virus alternatives. From January 24, travelers from the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway will be subject to less stringent entry rules.