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“There Will Definitely be Winter Holidays in Austria,” says Tourism Minister

Several glacier ski areas in Austria are already open and welcoming international skiers again, but for the main season ahead the government is stressing skiers will be required to wear face masks indoors and on lifts and will also need to carry Covid-19 passes to use the ski lifts.

However skiers will not be required to be vaccinated in the country where a sizable minority of the population appear to be resisting getting the vaccine.


Skiers will instead have to show they have either been vaccinated, tested or have recovered from COVID-19 when they buy a lift pass.

The news came at a government press conference at which it was stressed that winter 21-22 is on, after the country allowed ski areas to open but banned tourism last season.

“This year there will definitely be winter holidays in Austria,” Tourism Minister Elisabeth Koestinger said. “We have developed strict rules for a safe winter.”

Austria’s famous apres ski scene looks unlikely to return this winter. The government has suggested apres ski bars will be reclassified as ‘night clubs’ and may only be open to people who are fully vaccinated.

  1. Baz

    22nd September 2021 8:30 pm

    Oh the fun of trying to work out if your group of mates can all:
    (a) actually leave the country you all live in with or without vaccination
    (b) be let into your chosen destination for a trip away
    (c) be allowed to buy a lift pass or sit on a chairlift with all the inherent risks of exposure they don’t present…
    (d) be allowed to return home again if you have to be tested to leave…
    (e) attend a nightclub if you’re vaccinated or not
    (f) my personal favourite, if you’re not vaccinated do you now have no friends anyway… since it seems the campaign of fear about covid has also morphed into people being “inconsiderate” or “selfish” etc if they chose not to get a vaccination…. what a fun 18 months it has been eh. Almost as bad as Brexit, or in my opinion worse than….

    And of course you’d have to also think the Gov of your home country won’t pull up the drawbridge while you’re away and change your returning requirements like they’ve been doing continuously since everyone rolled over and said what fun it is having our liberty removed…..

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” As Benjamin Franklin said. I wonder how he knew about lockdowns back then?

  2. Thanasis

    23rd September 2021 9:12 pm

    thank you. You draw a realistic picture.

  3. Baz

    28th September 2021 3:27 pm

    I know 🙂 If you live in the UK you are only too aware of the fact that the Gov here has changed the requirements for travellers from the UK to be allowed to return on many occasions already, and at far too short notice for anyone currently on holiday. So to expect they will do this again is completely accurate. Even last year when the UK had 60 thousand new cases in house a day, the Gov and SAGE were being idiotic about one or two UK citizens that may come back to the UK with a small spot of covid. Talk about bolting the door after the horse has gone…. not that going the way of Australia would be in any way a good plan mind.

    So this is how they (the gov and SAGE) act. So yes, like Gustave Courbet, it is a completely realistic picture I paint.

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