Austria bans direct flights to UK
Austria again bans direct British flights for fear of the Indian variant.
The European country previously banned direct flights to and from the UK in December, as the Kent variant began to spread widely.
The ban was lifted on March 21, as the UK began to emerge from the lockdown.
The new ban will take effect on June 1 and will affect services operated by Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet, among others.
Only Austrian citizens will be allowed to enter the country, according to guidelines from its Ministry of Health. All arrivals must prove that they have been vaccinated; have recovered from Covid in the past six months; or provide proof of a negative test.
Austria is currently on the UK’s ‘orange list’ for travel, which means arrivals from there are expected to self-isolate for 10 days once back in the UK and pass two tests. PCR after arrival.
Austria is following the lead of Germany, which will bar British travelers from entering the country after its public health institute designates the UK as an area of concern for variants of the virus.
From midnight on Sunday 23 May, people traveling to Germany from the UK can only enter if they are of German nationality or resident.
Additional reports by agencies