Austrian authorities have opened their borders for the nationals of the neighbouring countries, after keeping them closed for over two months, as a way to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As of June 14, all persons coming to Austria from Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Slovenia, who also have their place of residence or permanent residence in one of these countries, can enter the territory of Austria.
Additionally, this regulation only applies to travellers that have not been in any country other than Austria or the neighbouring countries mentioned, in the last 14 days before they show up at the Austrian port of entry. This must be demonstrated when entering the border.
“This relaxation of the provisions on entry from Austria’s neighbouring countries applies equally to land, sea and air travel,” a press release of the Ministry of Interior of Austria announced.
It also explains that the move has been taken due to the stable epidemiological situation.
However, Italy remains the only neighbouring country to which Austria has not removed the entry ban introduced back in March. Due to the infection rate in Italy, the Austrian authorities have seen it necessary to keep the entry ban in place for Italian nationals and those who have been to Italy in the last 14 days.
Italy has already opened its borders on June 3 to all Schengen and EU nationals, as well as to Britons, hoping to revive its tourism industry, from which a large share of jobs and businesses depend in the country.
Switzerland, just as Austria, has decided to keep its border with Italy closed while opening up to the other EU countries, asserting that opening the border with Italy would be ‘premature’.
Those coming to Austria from the neighbouring countries from June 4 and on, will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, or self-isolate for 14 days.
“In addition, a negative molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than four days must be shown, or a 14-day self-monitored home quarantine must be started. If a test is performed during quarantine and the test is negative, quarantine can be ended prematurely,” the Ministry emphasizes.
On the other hand, previous measures for entering Austria from Italy or non-bordering countries remain in force, which means the following constellations/groups of people coming from these countries are excluded from the measures:
- Freight traffic
- Commercial traffic (aside from commercial passenger transport)
- Repatriation trips
- Reasons in the family that are particularly worthy of consideration
- Compulsory reasons for animal care in individual cases
- Residents of Vomp-Hinterriss, Mittelberg and Jungholz
- Commuter traffic
- Emergency vehicles
- Persons who are subject to compulsory health insurance in Austria or have a treatment arrangement with an Austrian hospital for medical reasons worthy of special consideration are permitted to enter Austria if this is done in Austria in order to take advantage of essential medical services. An accompanying person is allowed.
- Passengers and drivers of public transport if the means of transport crosses foreign territory on its planned route without a stopover or for individual travellers coming from Austria who cross the foreign territory to reach their destination in Austria.