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Everything that changes in Austria in June 2021

From staying out until midnight to the new landing ban on flights from the UK, here's everything that changes in Austria in the month of June 2021.

Time is ticking (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)
Time is ticking. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

While many positive developments are expected in June, with the cold spring weather finally giving way to summer, sadly one of the first events of June will be the flight ban imposed on the UK by Austria.

Flight ban for UK

The flight ban has been introduced due to the spread of the so-called “Indian” variant – the mutation of the virus which was first detected in India – in parts of the UK.

From June 1st, direct flight between Austria and the UK will be banned until further notice.

The UK will join South Africa, Brazil and India on a register of country where variants of the coronavirus are a concern in Austria

READ MORE: Austria announces further easing of coronavirus measures in June and July

In addition, entry into Austria from the UK  will be prohibited, apart from in the case of Austrian or EU/EEA or Swiss citizens or those resident in the EU or EEA. You can find a comprehensive list of people allowed into Austria from the UK here.

If you are allowed to enter Austria from the UK you must fill out a pre-travel Clearance form, and have proof of a negative PCR test result done not more than 72 hours before departure.

Residents of Austria as well as Austrian and EU or EEA citizens are permitted to provide proof of a negative test result up to 24 hours after arrival. In this case the person must quarantine until the negative test result is obtained.

This will be followed by quarantine for 10 days, with the option of ending quarantine early with another negative PCR test taken no earlier than on day five of quarantine.

The flight ban is in place until June 20th 2021.

Relaxation of pandemic restrictions

On a more positive note, many relaxations of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions will take place on June 10th. 

From this day:

  • Austria’s curfew will be moved from 10pm to midnight. This means people in Austria will be able to watch European Football Championship games in bars from June 11th. 
  • Groups of up to eight adults can meet up indoors and up to 16 outdoors.
  • The maximum occupancy of cultural venues will be increased to 75 percent (previously it was 50 percent).
  • The ten-square-meter rule per person now applies in the leisure, sports and wellness sectors, allowing more people to use facilities at once.
  • In retail, too, it will be reduced from 20 to ten square meters per customer, meaning more people can enter shops.
  • People will be asked to keep one metre apart, rather than two metres.
  • Mandatory testing will only be in place for children aged 12 and up, releasing 10 and 11 year-olds from mandatory testing.
  • People will no longer be asked to wear masks outdoors. 

READ MORE: Austria announces further easing of coronavirus measures in June and July

Green pass for Austria 

Austria’s continued lockdown reopening has been accompanied by the so-called ‘3G Rule’. 

The 3G Rule refers to ‘Getestet, Geimpft, Genesen’ (Tested, Vaccinated, Recovered) and describes the three ways someone can provide evidence they are immune to the virus.

From mid-June, you should be able to do this with Austria’s Green Pass digital certificate, which should allow you to prove your 3G status with a QR code.

Austria’s Green Pass digital certificate should come into force in mid-June, and the EU Covid passport, which should make it easier to travel between EU states, is also planned for the end of the month.

Last chance to exchange your British driving licence

People living in Austria who have a British driving licence should note the deadline for exchanging British for Austrian driving licenses remains June 30th, 2021.

READ MORE: What Britons in Austria need to know about exchanging driving licences

Kurz to get the jab 
Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will be vaccinated at some point at the beginning of June, he told OE24 in an interview. It remains to be seen if everyone who wants to be vaccinated in Austria will be offered an appointment for the jab by mid-July, as he has repeatedly promised.

The amount of vaccines delivered to Austria will rise again in June. In May, 500,000 vaccine doses per week were delivered to Austria, in June it should be up to 700,000 per week.

This could mean children aged twelve could be vaccinated as early as June in some states such as Lower Austria, especially if they belong to a risk group, according to ORF.

By the end of June, Vienna plans to have 55 to 60 percent of the total population living in Vienna vaccinated, and 70 percent by mid-July. 

Time to plan that wedding

As many more restrictions will be lifted on 1st July, now is the time to start planning any weddings, parties or nights out clubbing, as soon all this will be possible. 

Member comments

  1. Any news about when fully vaccinated US citizens be allowed to visit their vacation residences? We have been fully vaccinated since mid March of this year and live in Colorado. I am born & raised in Zell am See, Austria and miss going home.

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Austria in shock over doctor’s suicide following anti-vax abuse

Austrians expressed shock and anger this week over the suicide of doctor who had been the target of a torrent of abuse and threats from anti-vaccination protesters.

Austria in shock over doctor's suicide following anti-vax abuse

The bells of Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral rang out in memory of Lisa-Maria Kellermayr on Monday, and hundreds of people held a candle vigil outside, after the 36-year-old doctor was found dead at her practice on July 29.

She had long been the target of death threats because of her criticism of the widespread anti-lockdown protests of 2021.

An autopsy later confirmed that Kellermayr had taken her own life.

Austria has found itself deeply polarised over coronavirus restrictions and in particular a government policy –subsequently dropped — of making vaccination against the coronavirus compulsory.

Kellermayr — whose practice was in the region of Upper Austria where immunisation rates are particularly low — had frequently complained of the menace.

“For more than seven months, we have been receiving… death threats from those opposed to coronavirus measures and vaccinations,” she wrote at the time, sharing a message from one internet user who said they would pose as a patient in order to attack her and her staff.

She described how she had “invested more than 100,000 euros” ($102,000) in measures to ensure her patients’ safety and was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Then, at the end of June, Kellermayr announced on her professional website that she would not be seeing patients until further notice.

Daniel Landau, who organised a memorial vigil for her in Vienna, said that Kellermayr had become a virtual recluse for several weeks. “She didn’t dare to leave” her office, Landau told AFP.

Fanning the aggression

On Saturday, the head of Austria’s doctors’ association, Johannes Steinhart, said that while aggressive behaviour towards medical staff was not new, it had been “fired up and noticeably aggravated” by the debate over Covid-19 and vaccines.

The police, who had previously suggested Kellermayr was exploiting the situation for attention, insist they did everything to protect her. The local prosecutor’s office also rejected suggestions it could have done more.

“As soon as we received the police report (identifying one of the suspects), we sent it over to the relevant authorities in Germany,” spokesman Christoph Weber said.

On Friday, prosecutors in the neighbouring German state of Bavaria said a 59-year-old suspect was being investigated by a specialist hate speech unit.

At the beginning of the week, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen visited the small town of Seewalchen where Kellermayr lived to lay flowers in her memory.

After news of her death broke, he had appealed to Austrians to “put an end to intimidation and fear”.

‘They’re gagging us’

But on some Telegram groups, the hateful messages continue.

“Some people are celebrating her death; others believe the vaccine killed her,” said Ingrid Brodnig, a journalist and author who investigates online disinformation.

“Stricts laws exist” already against online hate, but not enough is done to implement them, Brodnig said.

One government minister has floated the idea of a separate prosecutor’s office to target such cases. Doctors and researchers have also been targeted elsewhere.

French infectious disease specialist, Karine Lacombe, described how she had been vilified for her work as part of a collective of doctors combatting coronavirus-related disinformation.

She, too, complained that the response from the authorities in the face of threats was not robust enough, and has scaled down her public appearances this year.

“You end up thinking that the risk isn’t worth it,” she told AFP. “In that sense (the aggressors) have won, they are gagging us,” she said.