Austria is ditching 10-day quarantine rules for UK travellers who are vaccinated

Jan 21, 2022

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In the words of one of the country’s most famous exports: “get to the chopper” – or in indeed whichever form of travel you deem best – because Austria is reducing restrictions for British travellers once again.

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From Monday January 24, the U.K. will no longer find itself classified as a ‘Virus Variant area’, meaning that visitors who are double and triple-jabbed can enter without a compulsory 10-day quarantine.

If you’ve only had two jabs, you’ll need to present a negative PCR result from the past 72 hours, while those under the age of 12 will not need proof of vaccination or recovery; or a PCR test if accompanied by an adult who has been double jabbed.

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Late last month, faced by a surge in the omicron strain of Covid-19, Austria designated the U.K., Denmark, Norway and The Netherlands as Virus Variant’ countries, subjecting their citizens to extra-tough entry requirements, but now the scheme is being scrapped as authorities feel it is safe to do so.

Proof of recovery within the past 180 days also counts as a booster. Travellers are also able to show their vaccination status using the NHS app, the EU Digital Certificate/Green Pass or a printed equivalent.

Female skier enjoying deep snow in the Austrian Alps. (Photo by Andre Schoenherr/Getty Images)

The new changes will be especially welcomed by those looking to hit the slopes in late Jan and Feb. Until now, Austria’s ski season had so been a proverbial wipe-out for thousands of British travellers who were either forced to cancel future trips or shorten holidays they were already on. But expect the Brits to dot the slopes once again.

Not that everything will be quite back to normal, that is. Bars and clubs remain closed, and restaurants and cafes continue a curfew of 10pm, which also explains why Austria’s tourist office states that Après-ski is also still not possible right now.

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Austria has had enforced some of the strictest rules in the EU since the start of the pandemic, making vaccines compulsory and even enforcing a lockdown on all citizens who hadn’t been jabbed as recently as last month. The country has seen over 1.5m infections and 13,956 deaths from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

However, with the latest easing of travel restrictions it would appear that Austrian officials are confident that they’re over the worst of it.

If you can find space in your ski gloves, cross your fingers.

Bottom line

Travellers from the United Kingdom can enter Austria without quarrantine if they have:

  • Received a COVID-19 booster shot.
  • Received two jabs and present negative results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Austria.
  • They are vaccinated against COVID-19 and have taken at least one COVID-19 shot.
  • They have recovered from COVID-19 recently and present negative results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival in Austria.

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