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What is the current situation regarding travel to Austria

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Kurz posted his Easter statement as a video on FB, because that's how we do things now rolling eyes Anyway, apparently the target that should be met everywhere except Vienna Puzzled is for all over 65s to be vaccinated by the end of April, then over 50s in May, and everyone else in June. Everyone eligible for a vaccine should have received at least one dose in the next 100 days.

Gastronomy, tourism and sports should be able to reopen in May, as the pressure on hospitals eases. There were some nice graphs in the paper this morning for this, I'll try and post them.

No further info though, or mention of borders yet.

This shows the number of currently occupied ICU beds (red) vs the maximum number used in the Nov/Dec peak:


This shows the number of ICU beds in use in each state between Oct 20 and April 21:


It is easy to see from these diagrams how stark the E/W difference is, and why western Austria has escaped the Easter lockdown of eastern states. Apparently the large outbreaks in Kufstein and Schwaz (both Tirol) in Feb/March produced zero ICU patients, and helped to justify the lack of heavy intervention.
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@Scarlet, thanks...useful. I somehow missed Kurz’s Easter “message”.
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I think Eastern Austria has somehow managed to escape the lockdown too...judging from the vast numbers of cars from those affected regions around here... Laughing
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@Scarlet, thank you for the update
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Thank you @Scarlet, looking more positive on the vaccination schedule, which makes me feel positive for the summer, there is a bottle go toffee vodka in the freezer that needs to be checked Very Happy
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I Just paid the balance on my trip booked for 26th June to the Hof, feeling slightly more positive about the chances of it happening after seeing the update, but still no more than 50/50 in my optimistic book.
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@JimboS, I’m not yet optimistic enough to have booked anything this summer (though tbf I’m not much of a planner with that, we'll just go), but I have bought tickets for the comedy festival in Mayrhofen next March, so I’m definitely hoping it’s on Very Happy
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Summer Bookings slow but steady at the moment, no Brits though. Winter 21/22 Fully Booked through to Mid-March, again no Brits. Some folks are going to be disappointed if they don't book soon.
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I'm already booked in for next Winter and flight. Very Happy
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@davidthornton, Me too. Maybe it was a coincidence but both the hotels I was looking at in St Anton are planning on not opening till January 6th. Surely, in normal times, things would get going in time for Christmas and New Year.
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RedandWhiteFlachau wrote:
Summer Bookings slow but steady at the moment, no Brits though. Winter 21/22 Fully Booked through to Mid-March, again no Brits. Some folks are going to be disappointed if they don't book soon.

just had a look on the booking agents there seems to be a reasonable choice of dates and accommodation available in the hotels of the places ive looked ,though it appears that not places are taking bookings yet,Those that are usually with good cancellation policies ,im just keeping a watching brief atm but am fairly sure we will need proof of vaccination to travel without too much hassle .A lot will depend on the workingS between the governments re policy even if the disease is under control for most which as yet it isnt
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@ski for fun, the Serco NHS app may not be accepted by Austria and other countries as proof. The grunen pass Austria is working towards won’t speak to the Serco app etc etc. How will prove I have had a vaccine? I received a card more akin to the cards all students use to fake to buy alcohol. It’s a bit of card...!


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Hopefully there will be lots info tonight from Bozo but I suspect it won’t become clear until we actually try to go abroad in the summer.
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To me its more important what the entry requirement will be for Austria, Germany, Belgium and France, Boris can say we can travel but will they let us in and what proofs will they need that we have either had teh vaccine or are covid free
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@radar, Here in Germany, the health minister, Jens Spahn, yesterday was publicly proposing that people who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from any quarantine etc. This is not yet decided upon (things currently all doom & gloom here) but it does indicate a direction of travel, no mention either of non EEA citizens. Sebastian Kurz has been making similar noises for a while. The UK government seems to be looking along those lines too.
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Hopefully there will be lots info tonight from Bozo but I suspect it won’t become clear until we actually try to go abroad in the summer.


You're expecting Bozo to have his mind on any sort of useful detail? Good luck with that!
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@Dave of the Marmottes, tongue in cheek Smile
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The infection rate is dropping (approx. 234) but the lockdown in East Austria has been extended by a week to the 18th April.
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@DB, I’m interested to see whether it’s dropping due to restrictions or because half the test centres are closed...
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@DB, I’m interested to see whether it’s dropping due to restrictions or because half the test centres are closed...


Me too. Hopeful that the recent sharp drops over the last couple of days are real but suspect it‘s related to the Easter holidays affecting the test results.
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The 7 day incidence/100,000 is now at 213, so finally heading down.

The Vorarlberg, which was at 130, and opened gastronomy under guidelines, is now at 149. It could be a coincidence, but I suspect not.
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@JimboS, I'll join you if Nicola will let me Smile
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