Austria, Croatia Set Vaccine Expiration Date For Tourists, May Need A Booster
Austria and Croatia became the first European countries to impose a travel expiration date on coronavirus vaccinations.
The two countries added new entry restrictions, noting that fully vaccinated travelers must have received their last vaccine within the 270 days prior to entry. Concretely, this means that anyone whose last injection took place more than nine months before arrival is no longer considered to be vaccinated.
As a result, those whose shots have passed the “expiration date” will have different standards to meet before being declared safe for entry into countries. Visitors from both countries must provide proof of a negative COVID test Where a recent recovery from COVID. Croatia will allow travelers whose vaccination status has expired to take a PCR test upon arrival. They must self-isolate until the negative result is received.
While a booster is touted as the ultimate solution when vaccination expires and may soon be accepted in Austria and Croatia, boosters are not available in most countries. In the United States, they should be available in the fall in most cases. Austria will make booster shots available in October.
Jenny Southan, CEO of travel trend forecasting company Globetrender, said the prospect of vaccines losing effectiveness was “alarming and demoralizing,” and called the two countries’ move a reckless one. economic point of view.
Austrian authorities made the move as coronavirus cases rose in the country in August. The number of those infected quadrupled during the month, with government officials blaming visitors and citizens returning to the country after vacations abroad. The measures taken by Austria and Croatia precede what could be a new ban on all non-essential travel by Americans to countries in the European Union.
Fortune reported this week that EU leaders will discuss the idea of a ban in the coming days as coronavirus cases in the United States continue to rise rapidly.