Entry regulations in Austria are to be made stricter from Wednesday, February 10th.
Arrivals to Austria must now show a negative PCR or negative antigen test, in addition to registration with an online form.
Unlike under the previous rules, cross-border commuters will also need to register online once a week and they are required to present a negative PCR or antigen test result once a week.
Quarantine will not apply to them however.
On Wednesday evening however, the government announced that this rule would be kept in place.
More detailed information is available here.
Please note: As of March 9th, several Austrian states extended the quarantine period to 14 days due to concerns about coronavirus variants.
More information is available at the following link.
What else has changed?
The existing border controls with the neighbouring countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia will be extended.
The Czech Republic in particular has high numbers of new infections, said Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) at a press conference on Tuesday, Der Standard reports.
Since border controls began in December, three million people have been checked and 200,000 have been quarantined, Minister Nehammer said, according to the German newspaper Taggesschau.
In order to prevent tourists from crossing the border as far as possible, controls in ski areas are also being tightened.
More information about Austria’s quarantine requirement can be found at the following link.
Who is a ‘cross-border commuter’?
Anyone who regularly enters Austria is considered a commuter, i.e. this does not need to be for work purposes.
Provided you enter Austria at least once per month – whether for work or private reasons – you are considered a commuter.
Will Europe introduce a mandatory app for travel?
Schwechat Airport board member Günther Ofner has called for a Europe-wide app to be introduced, in which tests and vaccinations are registered, in an interview with broadcaster ORF.
He says since the airport in Vienna was the first in the world to introduce PCR testing, more than 130,000 tests have been carried out at the airport.