Austria will reopen its borders for tourism on May 19

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On Friday, April 23, the Austrian federal government presented the plan for the relaxation steps of the anti-COVID-19 measures, which will be introduced starting with May 19, informs

The relaxation steps of the anti-COVID-19 measures starting with May 19th

1. On May 19, 2021, more measures will be relaxed, while maintaining a clear concept of safety. In addition to gastronomy and the hotel industry, art, culture and spa, spa, wellness or entertainment centers can also be opened.

2. The basic conditions for entry into Austria will be proof of vaccination, testing or passing / recovery after illness. Controlled self-tests will also be used.

3. As of 19 May 2021, the current quarantine provisions on arrival in Austria will be deleted. Persons who have been tested, vaccinated or recovered will be allowed to enter Austria without quarantine. This will again allow access for foreign tourists.

4. Depending on the progress of the vaccination campaign, on July 1, 2021 additional relaxation measures will follow. Nothing stands in the way of a safe and good summer season.

Press statements by Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger

"Today is an important day for local tourism. With this Concrete opening calendar, we offer the tourism, gastronomy, hotel, events and leisure industry perspective and the opportunity to plan the next steps. ”

"Last year was an incredibly difficult period for tourism companies and their employees. Now we are on the last hundred meters and we have the goal in mind: from May 19 we will open all sectors of this field. "

"Each of us longs for a visit to a restaurant, a stay at a hotel or participating in an event. This will be possible again from May 19, subject to clear rules. "

"It simply came to our notice then in the gastronomy industry controlled self-testing to be implemented. This will also make spontaneous meetings possible in a restaurant. The rules for spacing and wearing FFP2 masks must continue to be observed, except when sitting at the table. "

"These opening steps will bring us back  la known normality, while maintaining maximum safety. This perspective is vital for our tourism companies and their employees. "

"Pension and hotel owners and event organizers are looking forward to doing what they do best on May 19: welcoming guests, serving them, entertaining and pampering them!"

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