Austrian authorities have stated that all COVID-19 entrance restrictions will be lifted as of today, May 16, allowing all travellers to enter the country without restrictions.
As a result of the change, all visitors entering Austria, regardless of their country of origin, will no longer be required to provide a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon their arrival.
Additionally, travellers are no longer required to complete a pre-travel clearance form. Those who did not have one of the credentials were previously required to do so.
Austria has already lifted its domestic limits in addition to its entry restrictions. When visiting various public locations and events, such as lodging establishments, cafes, restaurants, and cultural organisations, travellers are no longer obliged to wear a face mask or present one of the passes.
It is believed that the Austrian authorities decided to relax the entrance rules and now allow all travellers to enter without limitation, after considering the low infection rates and high vaccination rates.
Austria has recorded 29,576 new COVID-19 infection cases in the last seven days, according to the World Health Organization.
In terms of vaccination rates, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reports that as of May 12, a total of 18,308,168 vaccine doses had been administered in Austria. According to the same source, 83.1 percent of Austria’s adult population has finished primary vaccination, with another 68.7% having received an additional vaccine dosage.
Apart from Austria, another 15 EU/EEA countries have already abandoned their COVID-19 entry requirements: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Even if they do not have a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate, all tourists are able to enter the above-mentioned countries.
In contrast to these countries, other popular European locations, including Germany and Portugal, continue to impose entry restrictions on visitors. As summer approaches, travellers may anticipate all remaining countries to relax their entrance restrictions.