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Austria Imposes Restrictions on Arrivals from Greece

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Starting on Thursday, March 11, travelers from Greece will face restrictions when entering Austria after authorities there revised a January 15 list of 10 safe countries allowed restriction-free admission into the country.

Austria said Greece and Finland were no longer “considered safe countries” after both saw a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.

Under the new regulations, travelers from Greece to Austria will be required to present a negative PCR test result and enter quarantine for a period of 10 days. Antigen tests must be taken in the last 48 hours and PCR tests up to 72 hours ahead of travel.

Meanwhile, Austrian authorities have since January 15 implemented an electronic pre-travel clearance system for travelers wishing to enter the county. The online pre-registration system saves a lot of resources, which can be used for contact tracing and other measures, said Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober.

Countries allowed restriction-free access to Austria are: Australia, the Vatican, Japan, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea and Singapore. However, according to current regulations, travelers from these countries will be required to obtain pre-travel clearance.

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