Travel restrictions in Austria have changed for UK travelers who are now required to self-quarantine for 10 days – but there are exceptions for those with a Covid booster vaccine
Austria is the latest country to announce stricter travel rules for Britons amid concerns over the number of cases of Omicron variants in the UK.
The country has classified the UK as a ‘viral variant region’ which means that from December 25 anyone arriving from the UK will need to be quarantined for 10 days.
However, there is one exception; you will not need to quarantine yourself if you are fully immunized AND have received your booster injection. In this case, you will also need to present proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival.
These new rules also apply to arrivals from the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.
The news comes less than 24 hours after Austria already tightened the rules and required all tourists to show proof of a recall or PCR test.
The new update has already been shared on the Austrian Tourist Board website.
A statement on the authority’s website now reads: âDue to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the UK will be classified as a viral variant region from December 25 in Austria. Anyone traveling from the UK must be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival. . Exception: fully vaccinated AND recalled persons can enter Austria with a negative PCR test.
According to the tourist office, “children under 12 are also exempt and teenagers eligible for the Holiday Ninja Pass will be able to enter with a negative PCR test.”
It is essentially a Covid pass intended for unvaccinated adolescents over 12 years old, to allow them to access the same places as their parents such as hotels, restaurants and ski lifts. You can find out more about the holiday pass on austria.info.
If a travel agent cancels your vacation or an airline cancels your flight, you are entitled to a full refund. Alternatives such as re-booking or credit vouchers may be offered to you, but you are entitled to a refund if you wish.
Usually travel companies tend to prioritize those who have to leave in the coming weeks, so if you have a vacation booked for later or next year you may have to wait closer to the time to get it. an update directly from the company.
It should be noted that most companies also offer flexible booking policies. Therefore, if you don’t want to travel or don’t meet the new requirements, you can change your vacation for free – check the policy with your vacation operator.
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