Austria to allow American arrivals from Thursday

Austria has updated its travel rules, with American tourists who have been vaccinated, have tested negative or who have recovered from the virus to again be allowed from Thursday, July 1st.

Austria to allow American arrivals from Thursday
Americans can enter Austria from July 1st. DAVID MCNEW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Austria has updated its list of low risk countries from which entry is possible. 

While as at June 28th this primarily included Schengen states along with a handful of other countries with low Covid rates including Australia, Japan and New Zealand, it has now been expanded to include the United States. 

The full non-Schengen list includes: Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States of America. 

The regulation is available here (in German), while an official link to the Austrian tourism information page is viewable here. 

What will people need to show to be allowed to enter? 

Those entering must be in compliance with Austria’s 3G Rule, which requires people to be vaccinated, have recovered from Covid or test negative. 

More information on the 3G Rule is available here. 

‘3G Rule’: How to prove you have been vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid in Austria

Persons entering from low-risk countries should be able to prove they have only stayed in that country (or in other low-risk countries) within the last ten days.

They must also show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test from Covid-19. If this proof is not available, a Covid test must be carried out within 24 hours of arrival in Austria. 

More information is available at the following link.

UPDATED: What are the rules for entering Austria right now?

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Reader question: When should I get a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Austria?

Austria's national vaccination board changed the recommendations for when to get the fourth dose of coronavirus vaccines. Here's what you need to know.

Reader question: When should I get a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Austria?

Over this weekend, Austria’s national vaccination board (NIG) released an updated recommendation on Covid-19 immunisation, changing its previous guidance for the fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccination slightly.

According to the NIG, booster vaccinations can be given to persons aged 12 years and older and are recommended for anyone who wants to protect themselves.

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In particular, the 4th vaccination is advised for persons over 60 years of age, persons at risk of severe disease progression (including pregnant women) and persons with an increased risk of exposure (healthcare workers, people in long-term nursing or care facilities, etc.).

The recommended interval between the third and fourth doses is from six months for people between 12 and 59 years old, NIG said. For those over 60 or risk patients, that interval is from 4 months.

What has changed then?

The main difference is the recommendation for those who have had a Covid-19 infection after their third shot.

“An infection in vaccinated persons usually leads to a booster effect (hybrid immunity), which can affect the optimal timing of the next vaccination.”, NIG said.

However, the board specified that infection could only be “counted” after it was confirmed with a PCR test.

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So, if you have had a PCR-confirmed infection after your second or third shot and it was an asymptomatic case, you may follow the regular vaccination scheme. However, you can also postpone your vaccination for up to six months.

If you had a symptomatic case, you may postpone your next dose for up to six months only if you are younger than 60 and not of a risk group.

NIG said: “Persons vaccinated three times who have also had a proven omicron infection show a good booster response and cross-immunity”.

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It added: In such cases, especially in persons under 60 years of age, the 4th vaccination within a period of up to 6 months does not achieve any further improvement in immune protection and thus, the 4th vaccination can be postponed accordingly.