Coronavirus: Austria classified ‘high risk’ by Slovenia amid rising infection rates

Arrivals from Austria will have to quarantine or provide a fresh negative coronavirus test from Monday.

Coronavirus: Austria classified ‘high risk’ by Slovenia amid rising infection rates
A crossing on the Austria-Slovenia border. Photo: RENE GOMOLJ / AFP

Neighbouring Slovenia has classified all of Austria as high-risk due to rising coronavirus case numbers. 

As of Monday, November 9th, all arrivals from Austria to Slovenia will need to present a negative coronavirus test which is no older than 48 hours or undertake a ten-day quarantine. 

There are however a number of exceptions to the quarantine and testing requirement, including for work, transit, school or family. 

Commuters, schoolchildren and anyone involved in the freight or transport of goods will be allowed to avoid the requirement. 

Additionally, anyone on an urgent personal or business trip can avoid the requirement, provided their stay is less than 48 hours. 

People who cross can stay with their family members for a maximum of 72 hours. 

Transit through Slovenia is accepted provided it takes less than 12 hours. 

Austrian landlords or tenants of real estate on the Slovenian side of the border are allowed to stay in the country for 48 hours.


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EXPLAINED: How to register for the monkeypox vaccine in Vienna

Austria's capital city Vienna has begun registration appointments for those who want to get a monkeypox vaccine. Here's what you need to know.

EXPLAINED: How to register for the monkeypox vaccine in Vienna

As of September 9th, people can make reservations for monkeypox vaccination in Vienna, authorities announced. It is possible to register for the vaccine using the health service line by calling 1450 or via the Impfservice website.

The City of Vienna has said the pre-registration is needed because all planning will be done through a central system due to a shortage of vaccines.

“Please understand that due to the vaccine shortage, we cannot offer preventive monkeypox vaccination to everyone interested. We can use the reservation platform to quickly allocate available appointments and contact interested parties as soon as there are more vaccines”, the authorities said.

After the registration, people will be contacted to book appointments on September 14th. The first available date will be September 19th.

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Who should be vaccinated against monkeypox?

Vaccination of the general population is currently not recommended.

Preventive vaccination is only offered to health care workers with a very high risk of exposure to people with monkeypox (designated monkeypox departments/outpatient clinics/offices) and persons with individual risk behaviour (persons with frequently changing sexual contacts), the City of Vienna said.

The health authorities in Vienna also have a specific information sheet in English with more information on the disease.

Monkeypox is a notifiable disease caused by a virus closely related to the smallpox virus and which can cause a condition similar to smallpox but rarely deadly. People with immunodeficiencies, pregnant women and children are at risk of more severe symptoms.

The virus spreads from person to person through contact with infectious skin lesions, via air droplets through speaking, coughing, sneezing, or other body fluids, and when having prolonged and close physical contact, e.g. through sexual intercourse.

READ ALSO: Austria recommends 4th Covid vaccine dose for everyone over 12

Usually, the first symptoms show up 5 to 14 days (at the latest, 21 days) after exposure. These include fever, general exhaustion, headaches, muscle and body aches, gastrointestinal problems and frequently painfully swollen lymph nodes.

“If you have symptoms and have had contact with someone with monkeypox, you must self-isolate at once and call 1450. If you have a confirmed monkeypox infection, you need to stay in self-isolation until the last crust has fallen off”, the Austrian authorities added.