Before the pandemic, many Carinthians used the Easter holidays as the first opportunity of the year to vacation in Italy, Slovenia or Croatia. Strict entry regulations and mandatory quarantine on return make this practically impossible this year.
Austria imposed travel warnings of the highest level for neighboring countries. This means that there is a warning against tourist trips that are not immediately necessary.
An Easter holiday, for example in Italy, is peppered with many hurdles, even if you have registered a secondary residence there, says ÖAMTC lawyer Christoph Kronsteiner. You travel from one quarantine to the next.
Registration, tests and quarantine
“If you travel to Italy for private reasons, you would have to show a negative antigen or PCR test that is no more than 48 hours old upon entry. In addition, you have to go into quarantine and do another antigen or PCR test after a maximum of 48 hours. “
After 14 days of quarantine, a third test would have to be carried out. “In addition, there is a registration with the local health authority and a mandatory self-declaration form must also be carried with you,” says the ÖAMTC expert.
Quarantine also on return
When returning to Austria, an up-to-date PCR or antigen test is required again. In addition, you have to go into a ten-day home quarantine. You can test yourself again on the fifth day of quarantine at the earliest, and registration is also required before your return journey.
PCR tests or quarantine in Slovenia and Croatia
A negative PCR test not older than 48 hours is required when traveling to Slovenia or Croatia. Alternatively, there is the ten-day home quarantine. After five days at the earliest, you can test yourself free.
There are exceptions if there is evidence of coronavirus vaccinations that have already been received or a coronavirus disease that has already been overcome. The strict regulations for the return journey to Austria – i.e. test, registration and home quarantine – must also be adhered to here.