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COVID: We can still travel to Austria with Janssen vaccine

At the first hearing, Austria enacted a strict ruling on Monday. From January 1, the single-dose Janssen vaccine against Covid alone will not be accepted for a vaccination card there (called a green card), agreed.

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In order to maintain the validity of the card for those who have been vaccinated with Janssen,

They had to have another vaccine by January 3rd: the Austrian authorities offer them an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

The need to include a new vaccine with the “latest scientific data”, especially with the prevalence of the omicron variant justify. Only those who have already contracted Covid are exempt from the obligation – one Janssen vaccine is still sufficient.

We must not abandon Vienna. (EPA / Christian Bruna)

Authorities reported the change to a total of 260,000 people, 75,000 of whom had not had another vaccine by the end of December.

The entry does not change

From a Hungarian point of view, of course, the most important question is how tightening will affect incomes. The good news is that, unlike yesterday’s local press, that didn’t happen Transformation From current information available on the website of the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Entry to Austria is still possible with a certificate of acceptance of a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, as the entry regulation does not change.

– It can be read on the site.

True, they added that we cannot go to a restaurant with a single Janssen vaccine, because in Austria a single vaccine (and this is already considered a single Janssen dose) is no longer recognized as “2G certified” – this certification can only be obtained for whom They fully vaccinated themselves or have recovered from Covid.

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Regarding the general rules, Austria ranks most European countries, including Hungary, in the best category in terms of the Covid epidemic. However, entry is still the case

It is only possible for those who have been fully vaccinated or have confirmed Covid disease and who have also taken the PCR test – only those who have already taken the third booster dose will be exempted from the latter. (For those vaccinated with Janssen, the second vaccine is the “third” one, because that’s a single dose.)

Individuals who do not have a PCR test or who do not take a third vaccine must either register in advance or remain in home quarantine until a negative test is presented. Those who are not fully vaccinated and do not fall ill will be forced to register and quarantine for 5-10 days after entry.

It’s easier for passengers

Much lighter systems are applied For regular passengers, that is, those who cross the Austrian border at least once a month for work, education or family reasons. They are subject to the 3G rule, so

Those who have not been vaccinated and did not become infected can enter without quarantine and notification. The PCR test is valid for 72 hours and the antigen test is valid for 24 hours.

The general rules also state that only people who comply with second generation regulations (i.e. vaccinated or cured) can enter indoor community spaces, and can only participate in outdoor community events.

People who do not comply with the 2G regulations are still subject to a curfew: they can leave their place of residence only for a specific purpose – work, study, access to basic goods.

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The Austrian government plans to make the Covid vaccine mandatory for all adults from February, for the first time in the European Union. At the same time, there are regular demonstrations in Austria against compulsory vaccination and restrictions, and it is not certain that the government will be able to implement this plan.

Gap Check

As for the practical aspect of entry, our colleague, who received the unspecified Sputnik vaccine in Austria as a vaccine, was able to enter Austria at the end of August last year with a negative test requested by Austrian border guards at the border.

Restaurants, cafes, museums, and attractions asked to test it, but they only looked at the QR code displayed on the phone, for example, and didn’t check its history.

In September, Austrian border guards also allowed him to enter the country by registering for an Austrian test.

Although the rules have since tightened, the example above indicates that compliance is not always fully monitored.