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. 

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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.

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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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What happens if you get arrested in Austria?

It’s always good to know your legal rights when living as a foreigner in Austria - including if you get in trouble with the police.

What happens if you get arrested in Austria?

Getting arrested is probably not high up on a list of must-dos for international residents in Austria, but it’s not a bad idea to know what would happen if you did.

In a nutshell, the process in Austria is similar to most other countries in that you have to be suspected of committing a crime to be arrested.

But what happens next? What are your rights? And how long can someone be held in custody?

Here’s what you need to know.

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When can someone be arrested in Austria?

If someone is suspected of being a criminal, they can be arrested by the police and taken to a police station for questioning. 

Under the Austrian Code of Criminal Procedure, suspects must be informed of their rights as soon as possible, or at the very least before being interrogated by the police.

They also have a right to remain silent or to make a statement, as well as consult a lawyer.

According to Vienna-based attorney Evert Vastenburg, the initial detainment after arrest can last up to 48 hours while a judge decides whether a person should remain in custody or not.

A suspect can then be released on bail or under certain conditions, such as handing over a passport to police.

However, those suspected of serious crimes that typically lead to a prison sentence of 10 years or more (if found guilty) are almost always remanded in custody.

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When is someone remanded in custody?

To be refused bail and remanded in custody, there must be serious suspicion that another crime could be committed. 

The judge also must believe there is no other way to deal with the suspect. For example, he/she needs to be readily available to the authorities for questioning.

Another valid reason to keep someone in custody past the initial 48 hours is the risk of someone absconding. In fact, Vastenburg says a flight risk is often assumed with people that do not live and work in Austria.

Other reasons to deny a suspect release are a risk that evidence will be destroyed, witnesses will be contacted, or there is a possibility that further crimes will be committed.

What happens if bail is denied?

If bail is denied and a person must be held in custody for more than 48 hours, they have to be legally represented by a lawyer.

If a suspect can’t afford to hire a lawyer, they will be appointed a Verfahrenshilfe (public defender) by the state.

The case will be then reviewed by a judge on a regular basis to decide if custody should continue.

The first review will take place after 14 days, then at one month and every two months, but a suspect can petition for release at any time.

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How many foreigners are in Austrian prisons?

According to data from the Austrian Judiciary, the number of foreigners in Austrian jails as of June 1st 2022 was 4,332 – almost 50 percent of all prisoners.

In relation to the statistics, the Austrian Judiciary states: “The high proportion of foreigners is one of many challenges for the Austrian penal system. 

“In particular, with regard to successful rehabilitation, the fastest possible transfer to the countries of origin is encouraged.

The most common nationality of foreign prisoners in Austria is Romanian, followed by people from the former Yugoslavian states, Hungary, Nigeria and Turkey.