Austria’s coronavirus quarantine: More than 10,000 stopped at border

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Austria’s coronavirus quarantine: More than 10,000 stopped at border
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Around 10,000 people have been refused entry at the border and 55,000 people have been sent to quarantine since the rules came into effect just before Christmas.


The requirement, which came into effect on December 19th, has meant that almost everyone who arrives in Austria must undertake a ten-day quarantine on arrival. 

UPDATED: Who can enter Austria right now? 

This applies regardless of the person’s nationality or residency status, other than a few exceptions. 

In a press release on Monday, Austrian authorities indicated that police had carried out more than 770,000 checks since December 19th. 

Of those, around 10,000 people - mainly third-country nationals - have been refused entry to Austria. 

Around 55,000 of those checked have been ordered into home quarantine. 

Austria’s Interior Minister Karl Nehammer on Monday thanked police for their efforts. 


"The police officers have been working professionally since December 19th, 2020, as they have done since the beginning of this pandemic,” he said.

“The number of controls at the borders, which have been done in cooperation with the health authorities, illustrates this impressively.”

The press release also stated that around 24,000 checks on home quarantines have been carried out by police since the requirement came into effect. 

Around 330,000 checks that people are complying with the home quarantine requirement have been carried out since the start of the pandemic. 

More information about Austria’s coronavirus quarantine is available at the following links. 

Austria’s coronavirus quarantine was set to remain in effect until at least January 10th, however a government official told The Local on January 6th that it would remain in force "until further notice"




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