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Austria’s ban on British arrivals extended until September

Austria has extended a ban on arrivals from the United Kingdom until August 31st, due primarily to concerns surrounding the Delta variant.

Austria’s ban on British arrivals extended until September
Arrivals from the UK will continue to be banned until August 31st. Photo: Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Austria will bring into effect a new set of entry rules from July 1st. 

While this is positive for people from most countries wanting to visit Austria, the ban on arrivals from the UK will be extended until the end of August. 

The ban applies primarily to tourist travel, with Austrian citizens and residents – along with citizens and residents of other European countries – allowed to enter Austria from the UK. 

Those who are allowed to enter will need to provide evidence of a negative test and will need to quarantine for ten days, although you can leave quarantine after the fifth day with a negative PCR test

On June 21st, Austria removed the ban on direct flights from the UK to Austria. 

READ MORE: Austria ends ban on British flights: What does this mean for travellers?

In addition to the UK, the ban also applies to other ‘virus variant’ areas, including Brazil, India and South Africa. 

What is changing?  

From this date, which is also when the new European Green Passport comes into force, new entry regulations will also apply to Austria.

Persons entering from “low-risk” countries should be able to prove they have only stayed there within the last ten days and 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. 

The Ministry of Health has provided the following list of low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein , Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea , Taiwan, Thailand, Czech Republic, Hungary, the USA, the Vatican, Vietnam and Cyprus.

More information is available at the following link.

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

Member comments

  1. I think the “until September” is slightly misleading. There is nothing to stop an amendment of the Verordnung based on changing circumstances prior to end of August. The wording of the Verordnung is such that if there is no amendment to it, it will be repealed at the end of 31 August 2021, however as a recast of the Covid-19 Einreiseverordnung, it is very apparent that amendments are often made at 2-3 week intervals in the case of change incidence rates etc.

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EXPLAINED: What to do if you experience online abuse in Austria

Following the suicide of an Austrian doctor who received threats from Covid-19 anti-vaccination activists, the government has now launched a new campaign to help victims of online abuse.

EXPLAINED: What to do if you experience online abuse in Austria

The Austrian medical community was left in shock in July when Lisa-Maria Kellermayr, a local doctor in Seewalchen am Attersee in Upper Austria, took her own life following months of online abuse.

Kellermayr, 36, had been targeted by anti-vaccination activists and Covid-19 conspiracy theorists for her out-spoken support of vaccines, and the abuse even included death threats. 

Her death prompted candlelight vigils and demonstrations in Vienna and the tragic story was picked up by news outlets around the world.

READ MORE: How Austria’s attempt to make vaccines mandatory changed the country

This led to calls for tighter laws against online bullying and the ability for perpetrators to be prosecuted in other EU countries – particularly as at least two of the people who are believed to have targeted Kellermayr are based in Germany, according to the Guardian.

The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) has even called for the creation of a special public prosecutor’s office to deal with “hate-on-the-net”, but this has been rejected by prosecutors and other political parties, as reported by ORF.

Instead, the Federal Justice Department has launched a new information campaign, website and hotline to help people dealing with online abuse.

FOR MEMBERS: What happens if you get arrested in Austria?

What is in the new campaign?

Austria’s Justice Minister Alma Zadic (Greens) said they have launched the campaign to raise awareness about the issue and to inform victims about the support available.

Zadic said: “It is important to me that those affected know that they are not alone in this situation and that the judiciary supports them with free psychological and legal process support.”

“You don’t have to cope alone with the extraordinary burdens that criminal proceedings can entail, for example through confrontation with the perpetrators.”

READ ALSO: Austria in shock over doctor’s suicide following anti-vax abuse

Part of the support package is the new website Hilfe bei Gewalt (Help with Violence), which details how to access help from the authorities, as well as secure free legal advice and representation from a lawyer.

The website states the service is for victims of bullying and/or hate online, defamation, stalking, terrorism, incitement, sexual violence and robbery.

The service is designed to be anonymous with options to contact the Justice Department by phone or via a chat box. The website also lists contact details for regional support services in all provinces across Austria. 

The free (kostenlos) hotline for Hilfe bei Gewalt is 0800 112 112.

Useful links

Hilfe bei Gewalt

Austrian Federal Justice Department

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