More than 100 British tourists refused entry to Austria after COVID rules website mix-up

More than 100 British tourists have been denied entry to Austria after COVID rules were not updated before they left for their holiday, it has been reported.Some 110 Britons, most of whom are thought to have been going on a ski trip, flew into Innsbruck on Sunday, believing they only needed to have had a negative coronavirus PCR test within the last 72 hours. But when they arrived, they were told they needed a test with 48 hours, according to the BBC and the Express.Most were able to fly back straight away, but 40 were escorted by police to a hotel where they were kept overnight.Of those, 28 flew home on Monday and the other 12, reportedly made up of families with children, were able to stay, according to the local newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung. Advertisement All who were unable to stay reportedly had to pay for their return to the UK themselves. Image: Innsbruck is the capital of the Tyrol region 'Neither professional nor humane'One social media user who appeared to have been caught up in the disruption tweeted that there were "lots of angry/upset families".Another Twitter poster said that on her flight, about half were refused entry to the country.Opposition politicians in Austria said the government was at fault for updating the regulations too late.OVP tourism spokesman Franz Horl said that the British tourists had "relied on non-updated information from the Ministry of Health on the Internet".He added: "It is neither professional nor humane to lure people to Austria for Christmas and then bill them in a hotel under police surveillance and send them home the next day at [their] own expense."Austria is currently in the middle of a COVID-19 surge, and, in the last few days, changed its entry rules for people coming from the UK, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, where Omicron has caused cases to rise sharply.Austria now requires Britons and those from the other nations to have had a booster or third vaccination, as well as having tested negative before departure. Utter chaos at Innsbruck airport! Although we adhered to all the travel requests from the authorities, we have landed, and they are shipping 60 so us back after 5 hours of no information. More planes keep turning up with the same

More than 100 British tourists refused entry to Austria after COVID rules website mix-up

More than 100 British tourists have been denied entry to Austria after COVID rules were not updated before they left for their holiday, it has been reported.

Some 110 Britons, most of whom are thought to have been going on a ski trip, flew into Innsbruck on Sunday, believing they only needed to have had a negative coronavirus PCR test within the last 72 hours.

But when they arrived, they were told they needed a test with 48 hours, according to the BBC and the Express.

Most were able to fly back straight away, but 40 were escorted by police to a hotel where they were kept overnight.

Of those, 28 flew home on Monday and the other 12, reportedly made up of families with children, were able to stay, according to the local newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung.

All who were unable to stay reportedly had to pay for their return to the UK themselves.

People walk down a shopping street as shops are closed due to the fourth national coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in Innsbruck, Austria, December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Image: Innsbruck is the capital of the Tyrol region

'Neither professional nor humane'

One social media user who appeared to have been caught up in the disruption tweeted that there were "lots of angry/upset families".

Another Twitter poster said that on her flight, about half were refused entry to the country.

Opposition politicians in Austria said the government was at fault for updating the regulations too late.

OVP tourism spokesman Franz Horl said that the British tourists had "relied on non-updated information from the Ministry of Health on the Internet".

He added: "It is neither professional nor humane to lure people to Austria for Christmas and then bill them in a hotel under police surveillance and send them home the next day at [their] own expense."

Austria is currently in the middle of a COVID-19 surge, and, in the last few days, changed its entry rules for people coming from the UK, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, where Omicron has caused cases to rise sharply.

Austria now requires Britons and those from the other nations to have had a booster or third vaccination, as well as having tested negative before departure.

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