The Bavarian Ministry of Health announced on Saturday that it is crucial whether you have stayed in a virus variant area in the past ten days. Austria itself wants to “constantly monitor” the traffic situation at the borders, it said.
Strict rules on entry
The other restrictions also apply if the area has been downgraded in the meantime, as applies to the Czech Republic and Tyrol with effect from 00:00 on Sunday, it said. For those arriving in a virus variant area in the past ten days, the quarantine is longer at 14 days. In addition, they cannot test themselves five days after entering the country.
Even stricter rules apply to entry: Anyone who was in a virus variant or high incidence area in the ten days prior to entry must present a negative test upon entry. This would also be possible retrospectively when entering from a normal risk area. This is particularly relevant for Tyrol, the Czech Republic is still a high incidence area.
Tyrol no longer virus variant area
In Tyrol and Vienna, people were relieved on Friday after Germany’s decision to no longer classify Tyrol as a virus variant area. You could convince Germany to “end the disproportionate border controls”, said Tyrolean Governor Günther Platter (ÖVP). Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) in turn saw the decision as a sign that the measures in Tyrol against the South African mutation had taken effect.
Germany removes Tyrol from virus variant list
Germany lifts its strict entry restrictions for Tyrol on Sunday again. As the German government announced on Friday, the Austrian state, like the Czech Republic …
Tyrol’s state parliament president Sonja Ledl-Rossmann (ÖVP) and four Bavarian mayors (Füssen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald and Pfronten) wrote an open letter to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (both CSU), in which they demanded that “for the continuation of the pandemic and in the future, strict border measures between Tyrol and Bavaria should be avoided”. In the evening, South Tyrolean governor Arno Kompatscher (SVP) immediately asked Austria to relax the tightened border regime on the Brenner. Platter had already assured him “that the abolition of border controls on the German-Austrian border will also make those on the Brenner obsolete and will therefore be lifted”.
Germany lifts the restriction
In any case, the Austrian authorities want to “continue to monitor the traffic situation around Kufstein and, as in the past few weeks, act appropriately to the respective situation,” the APA said on Saturday. As a result, there was “no traffic collapse” because of the German entry restrictions along the Brenner corridor. Already at the Brenner pass, transit trucks were checked to determine whether they met the requirements for entry into Germany, and truck traffic was metered.
Since February 14th there have been stationary controls at the borders between Tyrol and Bavaria. Only Germans and foreigners with a residence and residence permit in Germany were allowed to enter. There were exceptions, for example, for truck drivers and cross-border commuters with systemically relevant professions. You had to present a negative corona test that was no older than 48 hours.
(Quelle: What / Dpa)