As of midnight yesterday, the Austrian government has new measures in place regarding the entry of people from the so-called risk regions, which include all the countries of the Western Balkans.
According to these measures, non-Austrian nationals coming from the so-called high-risk areas will have to show a negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours, otherwise, they will have to go into self-isolation. They will have to do a PCR test at their own expense or pay a fine of 1,450 euro if they don’t do the test.
The countries that are considered high risk by the Austrian government include Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, the USA, Turkey, Ukraine, Philippines, the Chinese province of Hubei, Chile, Montenegro, Sweden, Ecuador, and South Africa.
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The exceptions to the entry ban for third-country nationals apply to medical professionals, seasonal workers or diplomats. But if they do not come from safe countries, they still have to take a PCR test.
On 16 June, the Council of the European Union removed Serbia from the list of countries whose citizens can travel freely in the EU, although this recommendation is not binding. Some countries, including Spain, France, Italy and Sweden, have banned Serbian citizens from entering.
The measures introduced for third countries, including Serbia, will still be in force in Croatia. On 11 July, the Croatian government decided on mandatory two-week quarantine for third-country nationals.
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