Validity for green passport currently maximum 270 days

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In Austria, the Green Passport is currently valid for six months (180 days) for those vaccinated twice and nine months (270 days) for those vaccinated three times or more.

Green passport: validity is extended

Some triple Corona vaccinated are now or soon without a passport; Health Minister Johannes Rauch has recently held out the prospect of an early extension for triple vaccinated. Speculation is with a validity of 12 months. The following is an overview of the current regulations.

Currently, the green passport in Austria is valid for a maximum of 270 days.

The extension is necessary because, according to the Ministry of Health, as of May 1, around 820 people whose third vaccination was already 270 days ago would no longer have a valid passport – a small number of whom are also currently already affected. A fourth vaccination is presently not yet generally recommended (and can only be carried out “off label”), so a solution is needed.

Recovery and vaccination certificates are noted in the Green Passport

In addition to the convalescent and vaccination certificates, the test certificates are also pointed out in the Green Passport. All certificates with an EU-compliant QR code can be presented digitally, in the cell phone app, or printed form (in each case, in combination with a photo ID). Information is available at https://gruenerpass.gv.at.

In Austria, it is still possible to prove the respective “G” in another form (without QR code): persons who have been tested can present their negative test result, recovered persons with their certificate of isolation or a medical confirmation. Vaccinated persons in Austria can also prove their status via the officially recognized vaccination certificate, the vaccination card used in some provinces, or the e-vaccination certificate.

Valid convalescent certificate in Austria valid for 180 days

A valid convalescent certificate is obtained if the Corona disease has been detected by PCR test and the infection has been recorded in the Electronic Reporting System (EMS). This certificate is valid for 180 days. To renew their green passport, convalescents need only one vaccination, after which the passport is good again for 180 days.

Those who have not recovered need a completed Corona vaccination series

Those who have not yet come into contact with the virus need a completed vaccination series (two vaccinations) for proof. From the second vaccination date, the green passport in Austria is then valid as proof for 180 days. A double dose is also required for a vaccination with Janssen/Johnson&Johnson (new regulation since January 3).

For triple-vaccinated persons, the green passport is valid for 270 days.

For triple vaccinated persons (and each additional vaccination), the Green Passport is valid for 270 days from this vaccination date. There must be at least 14 days between the first and second vaccination and at least 90 days between the second and third vaccination. If one falls below these limits, the vaccination is not valid for the Green Passport.

Time of vaccination after primary immunization irrelevant

The date of revaccination after recovery or primary immunization (two vaccinations) is irrelevant for the extension of the green passport. If, for example, one exceeds the 180 days of validity of the Green Passport after recovery, one can be vaccinated once after that – and the Green Passport will again be valid as proof for 180 days in Austria. The same applies to other boosters: Those who have been vaccinated twice can, for example, get the third sting well after the 180 days have passed after the second sting – and then have a valid Green Passport again for 270 days. However, the Ministry of Health emphasized that these overruns are not always medically advisable and referred to the recommendations of the National Vaccination Board or the respective doctors.

Green passport in Austria only necessary in a few areas

Currently, the Green Passport is only needed in a few areas within Austria. According to the current Basic Measures Ordinance, the 3G rule (recovered, vaccinated, or tested) is currently upheld throughout Austria in night catering and events with 100 or more people unless FFP2 masks are worn. Proof of 3G must also be provided in “vulnerable areas” (hospitals, retirement, and nursing homes). Stricter rules apply in Vienna: In gastronomy and night catering, only those who are recovered or vaccinated are allowed in.

Use of the Green Passport for cross-border travel

The Green Passport is mainly used for cross-border travel on an international level. Regardless of the validity of the passport in Germany, it is still advisable to inform yourself about the respective regulations for entry and other access. The rules for the EU are available in detail at https://reopen.europa.eu/de.

  • sources: vienna.at/APA/picture:
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