From Monday: Austria abolishes the 3G rule upon entry

Border crossing (Photo: Pixabay).
Border crossing (Photo: Pixabay).

From Monday: Austria abolishes the 3G rule upon entry

Border crossing (Photo: Pixabay).
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From Monday, May 16, 2022, you will no longer need a 3G ID to enter Austria. Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) has repealed the controversial regulation. Regardless of which state you are from, there are no longer any corona-related restrictions.

The amendment to the entry ordinance still provides that special rules apply to people coming from so-called virus variant areas, but not a single country is currently classified as such. However, this "back door" is deliberately left open so that restrictions can be reintroduced at short notice if the worst comes to the worst.

So far, the so-called 3G proof, which could be provided by means of test results, proof of vaccination or a certificate of recovery, applied for entry into Austria. The so-called "green passport" will no longer be required from Monday. Compared to other European countries, the Austrian government relaxed the regulations quite late.

"I am pleased that our week-long call for the 3-G rule to be lifted when entering Austria is finally being heard and implemented. In this way, a massive competitive disadvantage compared to other European destinations could be eliminated - late but nevertheless," says Gregor Kadanka, chairman of the Association of Travel Agencies in the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKÖ). “Rigorous restrictions are useless, experience has taught us that. Rather, we must learn to live with the pandemic. What tourism needs now is a free ride back on the road to success and certainly no brake blocks. This is crucial for all of us, because tourism secures jobs and prosperity and – with added value of 29,7 billion euros before Corona – makes a significant contribution to the entire business location.”

The tourism industry, together with its professional representation, had previously appealed to Health Minister Johannes Rauch for weeks to lift the 3G rule upon entry. It was argued that this no longer exists in Germany. At the moment, the trade association, supermarket chains, the professional representation of the banks and many other interest groups are exerting pressure that the FFP2 mask requirement in public transport, banks, post offices, supermarkets and other places where it is still prescribed should also be lifted. Most EU countries have already done this, with Austria being the only country in the world to insist on FFP2. It is noteworthy that even among the experts who are said to be close to the government, only a few defend the health minister's mask course and call for it to be maintained. Johannes Rauch is currently insisting that nothing will change until at least July 8, 2022, but it is questionable whether he can enforce this within the federal government. With regard to commercial aircraft, the minister has to put up with the question of why the EU's recommendations are (still) being ignored or what is better known in Austria than in almost all other EU countries.

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