UPDATED: Train connections between Austria and Italy suspended due to coronavirus requirements

UPDATED: Train connections between Austria and Italy suspended due to coronavirus requirements
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As of Friday, train services between Austria and Italy will be significantly disrupted - and in some cases even cancelled.

Significant restrictions have been placed on train services between Austria and Italy from Friday. 

On the 11th and 12th of December there will be no long distance rail between the two countries, ORF reports

According to Austria's federal railway authority (ÖBB) “all EC and RJ connections to and from Italy must therefore be canceled for two days without replacement and cannot be used in replacement rail services.”

“We ask our passengers to switch to regional transport connections or other means of transport on these two days.”

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The reason for the suspension is the new official coronavirus requirements of Italy. 

Additional controls on Italy-bound trains

From Sunday, December 13th, fever and temperature controls are set to be put into place, along with a requirement of a negative coronavirus test upon arrival in Italy. 

The test should come in the 48 hours before you travel. 

More information can be found here

Disruptions continue from Sunday, December 13th

As a result, the ÖBB will offer a reduced number of services to and from Italy. 

According to official information distributed by the ÖBB, the following services will still be running from Sunday. 

The EC 80 via the Brenner Pass, from Verona at 11:01 a.m., via Innsbruck from 2:40 p.m. to Munich at 4:26 p.m. and in the opposite direction to the EC 89, Munich from 1:33 p.m., to Bologna at 8 p.m. 

The EC 80 only runs between Munich and Verona. All other EC trains on this route will be shortened to Innsbruck. The RJX 184-185 to Bozen is still on its way to plan. Local transport in Tyrol is also on schedule.

On the route Vienna Hbf-Villach-Venice RJ 131, Vienna from 06:25, Venice at 14.14 and in the opposite direction RJ 130, Venice from 15:52, Vienna at 23:35.

The RJ 132 and 133 trains are no longer available between Villach and Venice. The MICOTRA regional trains from Villach to Udine and Trieste are running as scheduled.

We ask all of our travellers when traveling to Italy to comply with the legal requirements of Italy and to carry a negative Corona test with them.

More information about available services can be accessed here

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