Austria removes Turkey from COVID-19 red list

By Askin Kiyagan

VIENNA, Austria (AA) – Austria removed a number of countries, including Turkey, from its red list of countries with travel restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Those who have received two doses of coronavirus vaccine at least 14 days before entering Austria will not be needed to quarantine, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told a press conference.

Meanwhile, travelers from the EU and other "low-risk" countries will be permitted to enter Austria without being forced to quarantine if they are either vaccinated or have a negative test result.

Brazil, South Africa, India, and the UK still remain on the red list due to the spread of new coronavirus variants.

Meanwhile, the country has taken some steps to ease COVID-19 related restrictions as of July 1. Discos and bars that had been closed for the past 15 months are now open to the public. The use of FFP2 mask, which was mandatory in closed spaces since January, has also been phased out.

Around 5 million people have so far been vaccinated with at least one dose in the country of 8.8 million, while 62 coronavirus cases have been reported over the past 24 hours.