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Austria Updates COVID-19 Entry Requirements for All Travellers

Austrian authorities have revealed that travelers who have already received a booster dose do not need to submit a pre-entry test upon arrival in Austria.

On the other hand, those who only completed the initial vaccination but did not receive an additional vaccine dose must complete a pre-travel clearance registration, and submit a vaccination certificate as well as a negative PCR test, which must be performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, reports.

Austria’s official travel portal statement reads: “When traveling to Austria, proof of dual vaccination/cured plus a negative Covid or hit test is required.”

In addition, the same made it clear that from February 1, the state will shorten the validity of vaccination certificates from 270 days to 180 days.

This means that vaccination certificates for people who did not receive a booster dose will only be valid if the last dose of the vaccine was taken within the past 180 days.

However, it has been clarified that those who have completed their vaccination within the last 270 days are still allowed into the country but not allowed access to the majority of places while in Austria.

Differently from adults, authorities note that vaccination certificates will remain valid for 210 days for people under 18 years old.

“From February 1, 2022, the two-dose vaccinations are valid only for 180 days in Austria (excluding: 210 days for those under 18). However, for ENTERING, 270 days remain valid. The booster vaccination is valid for 270 days in both scenarios. Austrian authorities explained.

Once a person receives a booster injection, the validity of their certificate will be extended for another 270 days, meaning they will be able to travel to Austria for another nine months without having to follow the additional entry rules.

Regarding the necessity of receiving an additional dose of vaccine, it has been confirmed that children under 12 years of age are exempt from it.

Previously, Austria announced that travelers from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway are now subject to more relaxed entry restrictions.

Citizens of the above countries can now enter Austria without having to follow the quarantine requirements, provided they have completed the vaccination process, have recovered from the virus in the past 180 days, or have received a booster dose.

However, travelers from these countries must still submit a negative test. The requirement to submit a test on arrival applies only to those who have not received an extra dose.

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