Easter travelers need to know these Corona rules

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Many Austrians traditionally use Easter for a vacation abroad. But which Corona rules apply?

The recent relaxation of entry regulations in many popular vacation destinations for Austrians awakens the desire to travel just in time for the start of the Easter vacation. Many no longer want to wait for the summer and use the holidays to leave at home and abroad. “Even though some countries are currently relaxing their entry rules, proof of vaccination, healing, or testing continues to be an important companion when traveling in Europe. The proof is sometimes still needed for entry, sometimes also for presentation in restaurants or museums and at the latest for the return journey to Austria,” explains ÖAMTC tourism expert Magdalena Draxler.

Entering Austria’s neighboring countries

Austria’s neighboring countries Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia, no longer have entry restrictions. Entry into these countries is therefore possible without proof of registration. On-site, however, there are still – albeit relaxed – measures to protect against the coronavirus in these countries. The most important is the FFP2 mask requirement, which in some countries, such as Slovenia or Slovakia, still applies in public transport or publicly accessible buildings. When entering Germany, the 3G proof is still required, in Italy and a registration.

Corona measures on the ground can change quickly and differ within a country. “To avoid any unpleasant surprises when visiting a restaurant or museum, you should learn about the respective measures before starting your journey,” advises the ÖAMTC expert.

From Saturday, no longer required to provide evidence for Croatia

Since yesterday, Saturday (April 9, 2022), travelers from EU countries can enter Croatia again without restrictions, i.e., the 3G proof is no longer required. The masking requirement has also been almost wholly lifted there.

There are still restrictions on Greece and Spain’s somewhat more distant destinations, which are as popular with Austrians: Here, the 3G proof is required. In Greece, random testing is additionally carried out after arrival. In case of a positive test result, travelers are subject to quarantine for five days, which can be terminated without further testing in case of a mild or asymptomatic course.

Austria’s entry requirements for the return journey should also not be forgotten – currently, it needs a 3G proof. Without this, entry is only possible with registration and a ten-day quarantine, which can be terminated as soon as a negative PCR or antigen test result is available.

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