Austria extends ban on flights from Britain and South Africa by two weeks

Austria extends ban on flights from Britain and South Africa by two weeks
A British Airways flight on the tarmac in Vienna. Photo: ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP
Austria has extended a ban on flights from Britain and South Africa until January 24th amid ongoing concern surrounding mutations of coronavirus.

Note: The ban has been extended until February 7th. Please click the following link for more information. 

The ban, which was imposed in the lead up to Christmas on December 22nd, was originally set to expire on January 10th. 

However, on Friday, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober announced it would be extended by two weeks until January 24th – the final date of Austria’s current coronavirus lockdown. 

There are some limited exceptions. 

According to the Austrian government “excluded from this are, for example, cargo flights, emergency flights, ambulance / rescue flights, flights for the transport of seasonal workers for agriculture and forestry as well as nursing and health personnel”. 

Can Austrian residents and citizens enter? 

While flights have been stopped between Austria and the two countries in question, arrivals from South Africa and the United Kingdom are not banned – although they will have to find another way to get to Austria, for instance by travelling through a neighbouring country.

Upon arriving in Austria, anyone from the UK or South Africa – or indeed almost all other countries in the world bar a short list of around ten exceptions – will need to complete a mandatory ten-day quarantine. 

While the quarantine itself was set to expire on January 10th, it has been extended by the government “until further notice”. 

NEW: Quarantine for arrivals in Austria to remain in place 'until further notice' 

More information about the quarantine can be found at the following link. 

UPDATED: What you need to know about Austria's quarantine rules 

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