January 22, 2022

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Corona Virus: Austria has tightened border measures since December 20

Shortly before the Christmas holidays, the Austrian government decided to tighten anti-epidemic measures at the border to limit as much as possible the expected massive spread of the novel coronavirus variant omicron.

According to local media, the Ministry of Health announced on Friday evening, starting from Monday, December 20, that only people who provide evidence of vaccination against or overcome COVID-19 (the so-called 2G rule) will be able to enter the territory of Austria. Otherwise, they should go to quarantine immediately.

Such quarantine can only be avoided by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test not exceeding 72 hours or by providing evidence of the third booster dose of the vaccine. The exceptions are pregnant women and people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. Special rules also apply to children.


Pendlers are still covered by the 3G rule, so they must translate either proof of vaccination, beat disease, or a negative PCR test result.

In addition, the Austrian government banned direct flights from Angola, Zambia and Malawi.

According to Health Minister Wolfgang Mokstein, these stricter measures on arrival are a complication, especially for people traveling abroad during the Christmas holidays. “Currently, it is needed to prevent the spread of Omicron in Austria,” Moxten said.

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