Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
Stunning unspoiled nature, endless all-season recreation, a wealth of musical and cultural offerings, a tempting culinary scene, a well-known tradition of hospitality, and a reliable and safe infrastructure make Austria a very appealing destination at the heart of Europe, easily accessible from the UK. Around 980,000 Brits visit the country each year.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites Spain and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
From August 22, Austria is no longer on the Department for Transport’s travel corridors list, meaning when returning to the UK, travellers will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
One-metre social distancing measures remain in place. Masks must to be worn on public transport; on cable cars; in taxis; at the doctors and in hospitals; in supermarkets and other food shops, bakeries, post offices and banks; and wherever a minimum distance of one metre is not possible to maintain.