Austria and 30 other countries now a high corona risk zone

The number of high-risk areas is suddenly increasing in more than 30 countries around the world, many of them in Africa and the Caribbean. But Austria is also upgraded. The neighboring country was not taken off the list of high-risk areas until just before Christmas, but in the country popular with winter vacationers, the number of corona has skyrocketed recently. The seven-day incidence there is currently 903 (as of January 14). The exceptions are the communities of Mittelberg and Jungholz as well as the Riss Valley in the district of Vomp and Eben am Achensee.

All countries neighboring Germany’s high-risk areas

Germany’s nine neighbors will then be on the risk list. Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands have long been designated high-risk areas. In total, almost 140 of the 200 or so countries around the world will be on the risk list. No country is removed from the list.

Quarantine for unvaccinated people

After returning from a high-risk area in Germany, travelers must be in quarantine for up to ten days if they have not been vaccinated or collected. A free test is only possible from the fifth day. Children should also be isolated – however, children under six do not have to test themselves, quarantine ends automatically after the fifth day. In addition, all travelers are required to register digitally at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany.

New RKI List: Changes at a Glance

New risk areas from Sunday January 16 at midnight:

  • Albania
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Benign
  • Bosnia herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • France – the French overseas territory of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
  • Gambia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Colombia
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Netherlands – the overseas part of the Netherlands Kingdom of St. Martin
  • Niger
  • North Macedonia
  • Austria – except the municipalities of Mittelberg and Jungholz and the Riss valley in the municipalities of Vomp and Eben am Achensee
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Somalia
  • Suriname
  • Chad
  • Central African Republic

Strict entry rules into Austria

For ski vacations in Austria, however, the classification does not change too much, as vacations there are currently only possible under the 2G-plus rules. To enter, even fully vaccinated and cured people must be able to justify a PCR test dating back less than 72 hours or a booster vaccination.

If you cannot do this, you must complete an entry form and quarantine for up to ten days after entering the country. It can be stopped if the PCR test is negative. Those who have not been vaccinated or recovered must also complete the registration form and be in quarantine for ten days. The earliest possible Friday is after the fifth day.

Rules for entering Germany

The 3G rule generally applies when entering Germany: travelers must have proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative corona test with them. Stricter rules apply to entry from high-risk areas and areas of viral variants:

Online registration: Anyone returning from high-risk areas and viral variants should complete a digital registration form in advance. People tested, fully vaccinated and convalescent must upload their test, vaccination or convalescence certificate.

Quarantine requirement: Anyone who comes from a high-risk area and has not been vaccinated or cured should be in quarantine in Germany for up to ten days. A free test is possible from the fifth day. Children should also be isolated – however, children under 12 do not have to test themselves, quarantine ends automatically after the fifth day. Anyone entering a viral variant area must be in quarantine for 14 days. There are no exceptions for the vaccinated, convalescent or children.

Crown-Testpflicht: Anyone entering a variant virus area must have a negative PCR test before boarding an aircraft, regardless of their vaccination status. And even after arrival, further PCR tests may be ordered by the airport health department or at the isolation / quarantine location, according to the Federal Ministry of Health. This rule also applies to those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. When entering from a risk area, a 3G certificate (vaccination, convalescence or corona test) is sufficient. A rapid antigen test can be as old as 24 hours, a PCR test 72 hours. Children under the age of twelve are exempt from the obligation to provide evidence.

Quarantine trips: the list of high-risk areas

Almost 140 countries will be on the RKI’s list of high-risk areas as of Sunday, January 16:

  • Egypt
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Argentina
  • Ethiopia
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benign
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Bosnia herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Costa Rica
  • Ivory Coast
  • Denmark – including the Faroe Islands and Greenland
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France – the following French overseas regions and territories are considered high risk areas: French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Ghana
  • Georgia
  • Grenade
  • Greece
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Ireland
  • Isle
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Yemen
  • Jordan
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Qatar
  • Kenya
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Democratic Republic
  • Congo, Republic
  • Korea
  • Croatia
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Lithuania
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • The Netherlands and the following overseas regions of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are considered high risk areas: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saint-Eustache, Saba, Saint-Martin
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Austria – except the municipalities of Mittelberg and Jungholz and the Riss valley in the municipalities of Vomp and Eben am Achensee
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal including the Azores and Madeira
  • Rwanda
  • Russian Federation
  • Zambia
  • San Marino
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Zimbabwe
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Somalia
  • Suriname
  • Sudan
  • South Africa
  • South sudan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Go
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Chad
  • Czech Republic
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Hungary
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, including the Isle of Man plus all Channel Islands and all British Overseas Territories
  • United States of America (United States)
  • Vietnam
  • Central African Republic
  • Cyprus

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