Austria removed completely from Germany’s Covid risk list

Austria removed completely from Germany's Covid risk list
Cars at the Germany-Austria border. Photo: JENS SCHLUETER / AFP
All Austria's states will no longer be considered Covid-19 risk areas by Germany from Sunday, allowing travel between the countries.

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced today that the federal states of Tyrol and Vorarlberg are no longer considered a risk area.

It is the first time since November 1st 2020 that no areas of Austria have been on the RKI’s red list. Back in November all of Austria apart from the communities of Jungholz and Mittelberg / Kleinwalsertal were considered high risk.

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However, since June 6th the institute has only advised against travel to Tyrol and Vorarlberg.

However, anyone entering Austria from Germany or vice versa must still prove they have tested negative for, been vaccinated against or recovered from Covid-19. 

Tyrolean Governor Günther Platter told broadcaster ORF : “The fact that Germany has announced that it will remove Tyrol from the red list from Sunday is very good news – also for tourism in our country,” 

Tyrol has had a 7-day incidence well below 50 for a few days, according to the governor.

“I am pleased that on Sunday, for the first time since September 25, 2020, Tyrol is no longer classified as a risk area, which also means significant relief for all Tyroleans – but especially for those in the Tyrolean-Bavarian border area”, said Platter.

Tyrol has been under particularly strict restrictions since the beginning of 2021 due to its classification as a “hotspot” for the so-called South African virus variant, now re-classified as the Beta variant. 


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