Jet2, TUI, easyJet, Ryanair, Emirates: British refused entry to Austria after failing to show COVID vaccine or negative test
More than a hundred Britons were refused entry to Austria after arriving without proof of a booster vaccination or without a valid negative PCR test result.
The refusals come under tough new restrictions in Austria for visitors from the UK, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands over fears of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Officials at the airport in the Alpine city of Innsbruck, which receives large numbers of British holidaymakers in the winter arriving at this time of year, turned down 110 British visitors on Sunday (December 26th).
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The airport said the tourists were turned away because they failed to present a valid PCR test, mistakenly believed he might have 72 hours and not 48, or did not have the recall, reports the Mirror.
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Most of those who were refused entry were able to re-enter immediately, but 40 travelers were unable to do so and had to be accommodated in a quarantined hotel.
Police said despite the disappointment, the British visitors in quarantine had been disciplined, polite and understanding of the situation.
Earlier yesterday (December 27), another 28 of them made it back, leaving 12, including families with children, who were able to pass up-to-date PCR tests and were allowed to spend their holidays in Tyrol.
Elmar Rizzoli, head of the Corona task force, said: “In Britain, the coronavirus situation has deteriorated significantly due to the Omicron mutation.
“There are a lot of tourists entering the country right now, but also people coming back from the UK.
“These are all recorded. The presence of the pre-trip authorization is also fully verified.”
Austria had already tightened the rules and required all tourists to show proof of a recall or PCR test before reporting the UK as an Omricon hotspot.
A statement on the authority’s website now reads: “Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the UK will be classified as a viral variant region from December 25 in Austria.
“Anyone traveling from the UK should be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival.
“Exception: fully vaccinated AND recalled persons may enter Austria with a negative PCR test.”