Corona regulation: who can travel and where at Christmas time

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In principle, everyone who enters from 19 December must be quarantined for ten days – but there are exceptions for commuters, carers and for “humanitary reasons”.
The entry regulations for the Christmas season came out today – and with them a number of exemptions for both professional travelers and 24-hour caregivers. They are summarized in the regulation of the Ministry of Health, which was issued today, Tuesday. According to it, in principle, everyone who enters from December 19 must be in quarantine for ten days. Free testing can be done after five days at the earliest and at one’s own expense.

But there are – as mentioned above – exceptions. These start with people arriving from those few countries whose Corona infection is still low and who do not have to show a negative test. These are travelers from Australia, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Uruguay, the Vatican, and Finland and Ireland, the only EU countries. However, they must have stayed there continuously for ten days beforehand. It is therefore not possible, for example, to come to Austria from Sweden via the detour Finland and thus avoid the quarantine.

People who commute regularly are also allowed to enter without restrictions, although personal caregivers are exempt here. Persons entering the enclaves of Mittelberg (Kleinwalsertal), Vomp-Hinterriss or Jungholz are also exempted.

Entry for humanitarian reasons
Those who enter at least once a month for family purposes or to visit their life partner can also come without a test. Likewise, entry for unforeseeable, unpostponable reasons in the family circle, such as in particular serious cases of illness, deaths, funerals, births, as well as the care of persons in need of support in emergencies, is possible without restriction. In all other cases, i.e. if there are no regular visits or someone only wants to enter for a Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebration with the family, the ten-day quarantine applies.

Another exception relevant to the labor market is that for people entering for professional purposes, as this now includes personal caregivers, i.e. 24-hour care. People may also enter for humanitarian reasons. Diplomats and medical escorts are also allowed to enter the country without fear of quarantine.

The big difference to other groups such as commuters or passengers from safe countries: upon entry, a medical certificate confirming a negative PCR or antigen test must be presented, and the test must have been taken no longer than 72 hours ago. If testing is not done until Austria, where an antigen test is also possible, the quarantine ends when the negative result is available.

hp, Source: diepresse.at. picture: pixabay.com

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