Austria has introduced restrictions for people arriving from Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania because of a deterioration in the containment of the coronavirus pandemic in these countries, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced Wednesday.
Anyone arriving in Austria from those three countries will have to present a negative Covid-19 test or be forced to quarantine for 14 days. Kurz said the measures were being implemented after spikes in the number of Austrian cases were traced back to travelers from those nations.
“Anyone who is not adhering to the 14-day quarantine and who tested positive upon returning from these countries is committing a criminal offense,” Kurz said.
Health checks will also be reintroduced at the Hungarian and Serbian borders. To that end, 1,800 police officers will be deployed and all buses will be checked. "Please do not travel to these countries," Kurz said.
Last week, Austria announced travel warnings for the whole of the Western Balkans. At least 170 recent cases of coronavirus infection in Austria were linked to people returning from these regions.
Travelers from the United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey are also subject to restrictions in Austria.