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Rapid test is not enough – Austria tightened entry for unvaccinated people

The lockdown for unvaccinated people is already in place, the incidence in our neighboring country is alarmingly high at 908.2 (highest value of all nine German neighboring countries) – Austria is now also tightening the entry rules for those who have been vaccinated.

From Monday, unvaccinated travelers at the Austrian border must show a PCR test. Rapid antigen tests will then no longer be accepted upon entry. These inaccurate tests are only valid for cross-border commuters, as emerged from a regulation that was made public on Tuesday evening.

Basically, however, a travel warning applies to Germans, since the federal government has classified almost all of Austria as Corona high-risk areas since Sunday. Anyone who returns to Germany from a high-risk area and is not fully vaccinated or recovered has to be in quarantine for ten days and can only get rid of it with a negative test after five days at the earliest.

If you still want to go to Austria, you have to meet stricter criteria according to the new 2.5G rule (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested). Vaccination certificates are no longer valid for a year, but only for nine months.

Unvaccinated commuters have to show negative PCR test results, which are only valid for 72 hours (previously one week). Rapid tests are only valid for 24 hours instead of 48 hours for commuters.

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