Austrian officials have stated that as of May 16, all COVID-19 entrance restrictions will be lifted, allowing all travelers to enter the country without restriction, Passport-photo.online reports.
As a result of the change, all visitors entering Austria, regardless of their country of origin, will no longer be required to provide a valid vaccination, recuperation, or test certificate when they arrive.
Travelers are also no longer required to fill out a pre-travel clearance form. Previously, those who lacked one of the certificates were compelled to obtain one.
In addition to its admission limitations, Austria has already eliminated its domestic prohibitions. Travelers are no longer required to wear a face mask or show one of the passes when attending public sites and events, such as lodging establishments, cafes, restaurants, and cultural organizations.
After considering the low infection rates and good vaccination rates, it is believed that the Austrian authorities decided to relax the entrance rules and now allow all travelers to enter without limitation.
According to the World Health Organization, Austria has recorded 29,576 new COVID-19 infection cases in the last seven days.
In terms of vaccination rates, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control states that 18,308,168 vaccine doses were administered in Austria as of May 12. According to the same source, 83.1 percent of Austria’s adult population has completed primary immunization, with another 68.7% receiving a booster shot.
Except for Austria, additional 15 EU/EEA countries have already abandoned their COVID-19 entry requirements: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Even if they do not have a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate, all travelers can enter the aforementioned countries.
Other major European destinations, such as Germany and Portugal, continue to impose entry restrictions on travelers, in contrast to these countries. As summer approaches, tourists should expect all remaining countries’ entry restrictions to be relaxed.