Austria and more than 30 other countries are now high corona risk areas

The number of high-risk areas increases by more than 30 countries worldwide in one fell swoop – many of them in Africa and the Caribbean. But Austria is also upgraded again. The neighboring country was only removed from the list of high-risk areas shortly before Christmas, but corona figures in the country, which is popular with winter holidaymakers, have recently soared again. The seven-day incidence there is currently 903 (as of January 14). Exceptions to this are the communities of Mittelberg and Jungholz as well as the Rißtal in the community area of ​​Vomp and Eben am Achensee.

All neighboring countries of Germany high-risk areas

This means that Germany’s nine neighboring countries will then be on the risk list. Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands have long been designated as high-risk areas. Overall, nearly 140 of the world’s roughly 200 countries 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 quarantined for up to ten days if they are neither vaccinated nor recovered. Free tests are only possible from the fifth day. Children must also be isolated – however, children under the age of six do not have to take a free test, the 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 12:00 p.m. on Sunday 16 January:

  • Albania
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Benign
  • Bosnia and 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 Kingdom of the Netherlands Sint Maarten
  • Niger
  • North Macedonia
  • Austria – except for the municipalities of Mittelberg and Jungholz and the Riss valley in the municipality 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

Austria’s strict entry rules

Austria, a popular destination for winter travel, recently tightened entry rules, and a stay there is currently only possible under 2G-plus rules. To enter, fully vaccinated and recovered people must be able to prove a PCR test less than 72 hours old or a booster vaccination.

Anyone who cannot do so must complete a registration form and be quarantined for up to ten days after entry. It can be interrupted in the event of a negative PCR test. Anyone who is neither vaccinated nor cured must also complete the registration form and be quarantined for ten days. Free tests are only possible after the fifth day at the earliest.

However, there are exceptions for children under the age of twelve, who do not need 2G proof or PCR testing when accompanied by an adult. Exceptions also apply to older school-aged children who have not been fully immunized or have not recovered. You can enter with proof of the so-called “Ninja Passport”.

Austria’s classification is therefore a barrier, especially for families with school-aged children who do not have full vaccine protection. You run the risk that young people miss the start of their lessons again after a snowy day in the Alps during the winter holidays and are instead stuck in quarantine at home. In some federal states, the winter holidays begin at the end of January, in others only at the beginning or in the middle of February.

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 variant virus areas:

Online registration: All returnees from high-risk areas and variant virus areas must first complete a digital entry declaration. Those tested, fully vaccinated and recovered should upload their test, vaccination or recovery certificate there.

quarantine obligation: Anyone entering Germany from a high-risk area who is neither vaccinated nor recovered must be quarantined in Germany for up to ten days. Free tests are possible from the fifth day. Children must also be isolated – however, children under the age of six do not have to take a free test, the quarantine ends automatically after the fifth day. Anyone entering the country from a virus variant area must quarantine for 14 days. There are no exceptions for vaccinated, cured or children.

Corona-Testpflicht: Anyone entering the country from a virus variant area must present a negative PCR test before boarding a plane, regardless of their vaccination status. And even after arrival, further PCR tests can be ordered by the health service at the airport or at the place of isolation / quarantine, 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 high-risk area, proof of 3G (vaccination, recovery or corona test) is sufficient. A rapid antigen test must not be older than 24 hours, a PCR test 72 hours. Children under the age of six are exempt from the obligation to provide proof.

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Travel subject to quarantine: the list of risk areas

Nearly 140 countries are on the RKI’s list of high-risk areas as of Sunday, January 16:

  • Egypt
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Equatorial Guineas
  • Argentina
  • Ethiopia
  • Australia
  • Bahamian
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benign
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Bosnia and 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 Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, St Martin, St Barthélemy, St Pierre et 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
  • Luxemburg
  • 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, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Sint Maarten
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Austria – except for the municipalities of Mittelberg and Jungholz and the Riss valley in the municipality 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 and all Channel Islands and all British Overseas Territories
  • United States of America (USA)
  • Vietnam
  • Central African Republic
  • Cyprus

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