While the EU Parliament is still deliberating, and the tourism sector is not burning, but we are already entering a critical phase of preparation for the summer season, Austria has decided not to wait for the EU, and wants to introduce a so-called "green" passport. covid passport as early as June 04, 2021.
As the agency writes dpa, the passport will be managed via a QR code which will then be available on mobile phones, said the Minister of Tourism Elisabeth Koestinger on Wednesday in Vienna.
As early as May 19, various coronavirus vaccinations, tests and recovery certificates will be valid in Austria as permits to enter the country due to tourism activities, and then measures are expected to be relaxed or restaurants and cafes, culture, sports and hospitality reopened. “This is vital for us as a tourist country after this long dry season. ”said Koestinger.
From mid-May, the quarantine obligation will no longer apply to Germans who are at the top of the list of incoming tourists, and a negative test will then be enough to enter Austria.
At EU level, the introduction of a green passport is expected in late June.
Croatia open to tourists
On the other hand, at the end of April, Croatia decided that persons coming from the EU or the Schengen area could enter on the basis of rapid antigen test so they will not have to repeat the test if they stay in Croatia for more than 10 days. Namely, fast tests have improved and now have a sensitivity of over 90 percent.
Also, people who are overcame covid or are vaccinated with a single dose will be exempted from the obligation to present a negative test or quarantine upon entry into Croatia.
Austria introduces free tests for tourists
Tests for coronavirus will be free for foreigners to encourage tourism, confirmed Koestinger, as reported by the Austrian portal theLocal.at. Köstinger pointed out that tourists have in the past looked for places that offered free wifi or parking, but that this summer they want to know if coronavirus testing is free.
"Free coronavirus tests are crucial for reservations. It is in the interest of the state for tourists to come to us", Said the Minister of Tourism.
Tourism in Austria will accelerate again from 19 May when quarantine for most arrivals is lifted.