The Austrian Ministry of Health is currently working on new entry rules. The current regulation is limited until the end of September 2022, but can be changed at any time. The Travel Agencies section of the Chamber of Commerce is once again calling for the 3G rule to be lifted.
Reference is also made to the practice that other EU countries compete with in the tourism sector. Many governments have already abolished the bureaucratic G-rules upon entry without replacement. The Chamber of Commerce now expects from Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) that the easing that has been carried out domestically must also be found in the area of entry regulations.
"I am pleased that most of the Covid measures have been lifted throughout Austria and that our guests can finally use the unique Austrian tourism offer again without any worries. On the other hand, I cannot understand why the entry regulation has still not been brought up to par with the domestic rules," says Gregor Kadanka, chairman of the Association of Travel Agencies in the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKÖ). “In the tough competition between destinations, Austria must leave no stone unturned in order to position itself as an attractive country for travellers. While many European competitors have already largely relaxed their entry regulations, the 3-G still applies to entry into Austria. In order not to burden domestic tourism with a competitive disadvantage, a corresponding change is needed here better today than tomorrow".