Skiers could face 10-day quarantine in Austria amid Omicron fears


UK skiers could face the possibility of a 10-day quarantine upon arriving in Austria as early as Friday, local media reported.

Under the proposed rules, only Austrian or EU citizens and those with a ‘habitual’ residence in Austria would be allowed to enter from Britain.

The measure would impact tourists wishing to visit the popular ski vacation destination.

Confirmation from the Austrian Ministry of Health is said to be pending.

Austria, which has just emerged from a national lockdown, has already introduced restrictions for international travelers.

The country’s government said it would only allow entry from Monday to vaccinated travelers, while those who had not received a booster vaccine would be required to pass a test to enter the country.

The move would be another blow to the ski industry, which has already seen travel bans imposed by France and Germany impacting reservations for the ski season.

It comes after the two countries have banned British tourists over concerns over the rapid increase in cases of Omicron Covid in the UK.

The measures in Germany went into effect on Sunday evening after the Robert Koch Institute said it had classified the UK as an area of ​​concern for virus variants.

Last week, several Eurostar trains from London to Paris were sold out as people rushed home before Saturday’s deadline.

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