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Austria relaxes entry, quarantine rules for Canadian travellers

Austria relaxes entry, quarantine rules for Canadian travellers
Vienna, located in eastern Austria on the Danube River, is famous for its Imperial palaces, museums and coffee houses. (Vienna Tourist Board)
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Austria has relaxed its rules regarding entry and pre-travel clearance for Canadians, paving the way for a tourism reboot as COVID-19 cases decline and vaccination rates go up.

Austria’s amended COVID-19-Einreiseverordnung 2021 (COVID-19 Entry Regulation 2021) focuses on three means of verification for all types of entry into the country: evidence of a vaccination, a current test or recovery from COVID-19 is required.

Only vaccines that have been authorized by the EMA or have successfully passed the evaluation process of the World Health Organization (WHO) are recognized.

The update comes as Air Canada, starting July 21, will restore its Toronto-Vienna service, which will operate three times weekly.

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Canada, currently, is on Austria’s “Appendix 1” list, which categorizes destinations with a “low incidence of infections.”

Travellers coming from Appendix 1 countries are able to show verification of their health status when entering Austria and, conveniently, avoid quarantine.

Every type of entry into Austria is possible from Appendix 1 countries – including tourist travel.

What’s required?

For Canadians entering Austria, a current test or proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 is required.

“If you cannot provide such proof, you need to register using the pre-travel clearance form and to have a test carried out promptly or at least within 24 hours of entering Austria,” reads a notice posted on the government’s website.

Vienna has some 200 castles and palaces and more than 100 museums, (Vienna Tourist Board)

Evidence of vaccination can be provided by a document issued in German or English (ie: a yellow vaccination pass) mentioning a vaccine which has been authorized by the EMA or which has completed the WHO’s EUL process (Emergency Use Listing Procedure).

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Evidence of recovery from COVID-19 must take the form of confirmation in German or English from a doctor or a public authority (such as an official self-isolation order) of having recovered from the infection in the last 180 days.

Evidence of neutralizing antibodies (an antibody test) is also considered to be proof of recovery, but should be no more than 90 days old.

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Obligatory registration via the pre-travel clearance form is not required for entry from countries in Appendix 1 if the traveller can present evidence of a test, vaccination or recovery when arriving in the country.

There are stricter rules in place for entering Austria from “virus variant states,” such as Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Nepal, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and others. 

The last amendment to the COVID-19 Einreiseverordnung 2021 came into effect at midnight on July 8, 2021, and provisionally applies until Aug. 31, 2021.

For more information on entry in Austria, click here.  For more on Austria’s “Green Pass,” click here.

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