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Travellers from the UK Can Now Enter Austria Without Quarantine

The rules change means some late summer travel is now easier if people have been double vaccinated or meet other health requirements. It bodes well for the start of the ski season with some glacier resorts opening in October.

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The UK has been moved from Austria’s virus variant list along with India, Nepal, Botswana, Russia, Zambia and South Africa.

People need to  have been double jabbed or those who have not been vaccinated can enter Austria if they have tested negative or recovered from the virus in the past six months, but they will need to quarantine for ten days.

They can leave isolation after 5-days if they have a negative test.

Previously people arriving from the UK had to obtain a negative PCR test within the previous 72-hours old before arriving and they needed to quarantine for ten days, but could leave after 5 days with a negative test.

Follow the link for the full details from the Austrian governement.

“We are very happy that it’s now possible for Brits to travel to Austria without quarantining,” said Martina Jamnig from the Austria National Tourist Office to PlanetSKI.

“Autumn is perfect for a hiking trip, but also for visiting Austria’s cities which are close to nature.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Brits not just for late summer and autumn breaks but also for their next winter holidays.

“Health & safety of our guests are our top priority and we are making sure that all necessary measures are in place so that everyone feels safe and can enjoy a well-deserved break.”

The summer tourist season from the UK to Austria has been hit hard but there is now some hope that people could head to the Austrian Alps for a late summer break.

See here for an earlier PlanetSKI feature on what is on offer in the Tirol in the summer months:

Summer in the Tirol

Summer in the Tirol. Image © PlanetSKI

“With the news on the entry regulation we are already looking forward to the late summer/autumn season,” said the UK Marketing Manager for Tirol Tourism, Elena Protopopow, to PlanetSKI.

“Skiing on the glaciers in Tirol comes in very handy of course. Especially the Hintertux glacier, as you have the opportunity to carve on the slopes all year round.”

Austria sees some early season skiing with the glacier resorts in the Tirol such as Hintertux, Stubai and Pitztal opening slopes in September and October.

Here are the expected operating times for skiing in the Tirol:

Hintertux Glacier: open all year round.

Pitztal Glacier: 25 September 2021 – 8 May 2022

Stubai Glacier: mid-September 2021 – mid-June 2022

Kaunertal Glacier: 25 September 2021 – 12 June 2022

Sölden: 4 October 2021 – 8 May 2022

October skiing in Stubai. Image © PlanetSKI

October skiing in Stubai. Image © PlanetSKI

Here at PlanetSKI we usually start our winter season on the glacier resorts in the Tirol and will be hoping to do so this year if conditions allow.

Other ski nations are also opening up their borders to travellers from the UK as we reported earlier.

Earlier this month Austria was moved from Amber to Green on the UK’s traffic light system, and we detailed the rules going in and out of the other ski nations:

All rules for travel should be checked in detail before making arrangements as the rules and regulations are constantly changing.

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