Starting today: Mandatory PCR testing for travelers

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This applies to travelers from the Netherlands, Spain or Cyprus, unless proof of full immunization or a medical certificate of recovery within the last 90 days is provided.

Starting today, Tuesday, travelers returning to Austria and vacationers from the Netherlands, Spain or Cyprus must be able to prove at Austrian airports upon entry that they have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from a Corona infection in the past 90 days or have tested negative for PCR.

That’s according to an amendment to the entry regulation published last week.

Travelers without appropriate evidence must register and “immediately” make up a PCR test at the airport. If “due to special circumstances” a PCR test cannot be taken “without delay” at the airport itself, it is possible to make up for it within 24 hours, the amendment states.

“Special circumstances” include closed testing centers or particularly high crowds at them, according to the ministry. Also any waiting times with small children are to be understood under it.

It is envisaged that the competent district administrative authority will then check whether the test has been made up. The contact details of the person to be tested are collected, but there is no immediate quarantine obligation, according to the Ministry of Health. Persons who refuse the PCR test face administrative penalties of up to 1,450 euros.

Excluding children under 12
The regulation of the previous entry regulation regarding minors remains unaffected by the amendment. Children up to the age of twelve are exempt from the testing requirement. However, they are otherwise subject to the same requirements and legal consequences as the adult under whose supervision they are traveling.

  • source: kurier.at/picture: pixabay.com
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