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Traveling around the Balkans before Austria

I posted this as a reply below, but thought I'd post it as a topic as well.

I have a rather specific situation that I'm having trouble figuring out. We are staying in Croatia, but have plans to visit Salzburg and Bihac in northern Bosnia. I cannot find information about whether we will be allowed into Austria if we visit Bosnia first. We will be driving.

Thanks for any help.

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Are you fully vaccinated? (Meaning at least 2 weeks since the last dose of an EMA-approved vaccine.)

Posted by
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Here is the relevant language from the official Austrian website with travel info (https://www.austria.org/current-travel-information):

As Bosnia does not currently fit into Annex 1 or Annex 2:

C. ENTRY FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Travelers arriving from countries of territories not listed in Annex 1 or Annex 2, or who have been in such a country/territory within the past 10 days before entering Austria, must

complete the pre-travel registration form (no earlier than 72 hours before entry),

present upon entry a certificate of vaccination/recovery (see requirements above), or a negative molecular-biological COVID-19 test (taken no earlier than 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (rapid/antigen test) before entry),

AND must observe a mandatory 10-day quarantine at their residence or at an appropriate accommodation at their own cost. The residence/hotel may not be left for the quarantine period. Quarantine may be terminated upon presentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than five days after entry. Fully vaccinated (14 days after the last dose) persons, business travelers, persons subject to a compulsory duty imposed by a court or public authority by Austria, persons entering Austria for unexpected particular considerable reasons within the family or commuters entering Austria regularly (at least once a month) for family reasons or the visit of a life partner are exempt from mandatory registration and quarantine.

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Effective yesterday rules have changed again. Bosnia is now on considered a low-risk country, i.e. if you are fully vaccinated and can provide a written proof thereof you may travel freely to Austria.

Always check here: https://www.austria.org/current-travel-information

As the Delta variant of the Corona virus is spreading quickly, it depends on the progress of the vaccination efforts whether there will be another wave of COVID-19 infections. This could lead to a change of rules again.