Austrian authorities have decided to impose an expiration date on vaccination certificates issued in the UK.
As such, it has been announced that Austria will not accept UK travelers’ vaccination certificates indicating that their holder took the second vaccine dose more than 270 days ago, TheSchengen.com reports.
This means that vaccination certificates issued to a relatively small number of people who were fully vaccinated in January will not be valid in October. Likewise, permits issued by the end of April will only remain valid until the end of January.
It has been noted that even after the expiration date of the vaccination certificate, UK travelers will still be able to enter Austria by presenting a negative COVID-19 test result or evidence that the traveler has recovered from the virus. However, in such cases, travelers from the UK will have to self-isolate for five to ten days.
In addition, a government source has reportedly warned that Britons who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine may not be considered fully vaccinated and will not be exempted from quarantine rules once the booster program begins. However, such a thing has not yet been officially approved.
Earlier this week, Austria announced that fully vaccinated travelers arriving from the UK will no longer be subject to quarantine requirements as the latter has been removed from the list of virus variants regions.
Previously, travelers from the UK were prohibited from traveling to Austria for non-essential purposes. They were only allowed to enter the country for medical reasons, business travel or other essential purposes, as long as they followed the ten-day quarantine requirement.
However, due to a change in entry rules for Britons, they can now skip the quarantine requirements upon arrival in Austria as long as they present a certificate of vaccination.
Regarding the vaccination certificate, the Austrian authorities have announced that from today, August 18, all people entering the country must prove that they have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines listed below:
AstraZeneca Pfizer / BioNTech Moderna Johnson & Johnson Sinopharm Sinovac Covishield
“From August 18, new requirements related to vaccinations will apply: to enter Austria, vaccinated travelers will need to show evidence of each of their completed doses of AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm, Sinovac or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson +21. days or evidence of a previous infection + 1 vaccination dose,” Austria’s official travel portal said in a statement.
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