DIFFERENT DESTINATION Europe has banned tourists as Covid continues to ravage several countries.
Austria announced that all visitors are barred from entering the country until at least December 13 as they face heightened cases and travel back to lock.
The country’s prime minister confirmed it could be extended for another 20 days if cases do not decrease.
Not only that, all hotels and tourist facilities will be closed.
A statement on the country’s tourism website said: “Austria’s borders are open, but with the upcoming lockdown, travel to Austria for tourist purposes will only be possible after December 13. .”
It also explains: “During the lockdown period, a curfew is in place in Austria, and all tourist facilities such as hotels, restaurants (takeaway only), bars, cultural institutions , entertainment centers, etc. are closed.”
Austria registered 15,145 new Covid cases on Thursday, breaking last November’s high of 9,586 confirmed cases.
Infection rates have risen rapidly in recent weeks as the country grapples with one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe – around 66% – and among the highest with infections. the 7-day average was 990.7 per 100,000 people over the past week .
One nurse even told local media that there had been “so many deaths” that they had to leave dead Covid patients in the hospital corridors.
The country is required to get the vaccine from 20 February next year – making it just one of four countries currently implementing the vaccine, along with Indonesia, Micronesia and Turkmenistan.
Austria is not the only country to ban tourists in recent weeks.
Morocco bans all UK flights after cases spiked across the UK last month, with the ban still in place, while Qatar put the UK on the red list last week, which meant all Britons, even if completely vaxxed, had to quarantine at a hotel for two days.
And other countries in Europe have reintroduced their lockdown rules, raising concerns about many destinations closing their borders just before Christmas.
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn warned that the country could follow Austria’s lead and fall into a complete shutdown in the next few days as it also faces a growing number of cases.
He said: “We are now in a situation […] where we cannot rule out anything. We are in a national emergency. “
Germany also suggested that vaccination could become mandatory, with anyone unsupported is currently banned from shops and restaurants.
The Netherlands is currently battling a the number of riots after the country returned to stalemate and also said they will enforce vaccination from next year.
Many other countries have yet to welcome back tourists, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Vietnam and Argentina.
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