New entry regulation announced

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Health Minister Rudolf Anschober announced the new entry regulation. The entry restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the testing and quarantine obligation are formulated in a new and more precise way than before. The new regulation will officially come into force tomorrow and replaces the previous entry regulation.

A new feature of the ordinance is that entries from non-risk areas must prove on entry that they have stayed exclusively in Austria or in a safe state or territory within the last ten days.

Immigrants who have been in a country defined as a risk area within the last ten days must present a negative molecular biological covid 19 test or immediately enter a ten-day quarantine. In quarantine, persons coming from risk areas must arrange for a CoV test within 48 hours. A negative test result terminates the quarantine.

“Reasons to be considered”
In the new regulation, the wording “reasons worthy of consideration in the family circle” is defined in more detail. A distinction is made between “unforeseeable and non-postponable” reasons – such as deaths, serious illness, funerals, births or the “care of persons in need of support in emergencies” – and “plannable” events such as weddings, baptisms or birthday celebrations. The latter also includes the non-regular visit of the life partner.

In these “plannable” cases, the testing and quarantine provisions of the regulation apply if the entry is from a state or region that is not on the list of safe countries of entry. However, in the “non-postponable” cases, entry is possible without a negative CoV test or quarantine.

Regions of Croatia and Bulgaria deleted from list
The new regulation also removed several regions of Bulgaria and Croatia from the list of risk areas. Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had already converted the travel warnings for the two countries into partial travel warnings for specific regions. The seven Croatian counties of Brod-Posavina, Istria, Koprivnica-Krizevci, Osijek-Baranja, Sibenik-Knin, Varazdin and Zadar are no longer considered risk areas. The testing or quarantine obligation still applies to the rest of the country.

For Bulgaria, the requirements only apply to the administrative districts of Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Dobrich, Gabrovo, Yambol, Kardzhali, Montana, Plovdiv, Razgrad, Shumen, Sliven, Smolyan, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Targovishte and Varna. The new entry regulation is valid until 31 March 2021.

— Hector Pascua, Source: ORF.at/Agencies. Picture: stockilyapp.com

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