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Austria: Travellers from Italy must present medical certificate to enter country

W/S Austrian police performing border controls amid coronavirus crisis, Brennerpass
M/S Austrian police performing border controls
C/U Driver wearing face mask at border control
W/S Austrian police performing border controls
SOT, Josef Schreier, District Commissioner of Innsbruck (German): "Due to health threats there are border controls that the police has to do. There are three measures for these controls. First of all, we are controlling whether someone wanting to enter Austria has a medical certificate, then this person may enter. Secondly, all Austrians or people living in Austria must confirm in writing that they will quarantine themselves at home for 14 days. And thirdly, for all those who are merely passing through Austria: they also must confirm in writing that they are going to pass through Austria. These are the three measures that the health authorities are implementing in order to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus in Austria."
W/S Cars queue at border control
W/S Police at border control
SOT, Edelbert Kohler, State Police Director (German): "We don't have 24-hour border controls yet. That means that in the last 24 hours there have been controls but they were random controls. In the border with Italy, we have controls on the spot. We have been supported with medical staff to operate these controls and now since 12.30pm today all vehicles are being stopped and all the drivers will be checked daily."
W/S Cars queue at border control
W/S Cars queue at border control
SOT, Sarah, Vienna resident (German): "Yeah my family lives in South Tyrol, but I am actually living in Vienna and I had to do a medical CT (computed tomography) Scan and get a certificate from the interior ministry send the reports slip and now just need to see how it will go on."
Journalist (German): "What does it feel like when you are here waiting in the queue and you have to clarify this for like the 20th time what do is going on in your head about this?"
Sarah, Vienna resident (German): "Well, it's strange. I simply don't know if I can make it back home. That's a strange feeling. I'm living in Vienna but my family is in South Tirol (northeast Italy). I'm already considering whether I should turn around and drive back home."
W/S Cars driving through border control
M/S Police inspecting documents at border control
SOT, Ute, tourist (German): "I think its okay, I would also do it [Coronavirus controls]."
Journalist (German): "You don't have a problem with it then?"
Ute, tourist (German): "No, not at all, I think it is good."
Journalist (German): "Will you visit a doctor when you get back home? or do you think it's okay?"
Ute, tourist (German): "No, we don't have any symptoms so I don't think you need to. I think we will all follow hygenic measures. But to go to the doctor is not necessary."
C/U Police inspecting documents at border control
W/S Roadworks staff at border control
Gunnar Mueller, tourist, (German): "Until Bologna, everything was totally normal, also the traffic was normal. From Bologna onwards, it became a bit less normal. You really started to notice it. But apart from that, you don't notice anything."
Journalist (German): "What about Checkpoints in Italy?"
Gunnar Mueller, tourist, (German): "No, none. There were Police at some gas station, sometimes you see then sometimes not. But other than that nothing."
W/S People walking by border control
W/S People queue for border control
SCRIPT
Austria's government implemented restrictions for people travelling from Italy on Wednesday, including the requirement to present a medical certificate, in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak, as footage from Brennerpass on the Italian border shows.
"There are three measures for these controls. First of all, we are controlling whether someone wanting to enter Austria has a medical certificate, then this person may enter. Secondly, all Austrians or people living in Austria must confirm in writing that they will quarantine themselves at home for 14 days. And thirdly, for all those who are merely passing through Austria: they also must confirm in writing that they are going to pass through Austria," said District Commissioner of Innsbruck Josef Schreier at the scene.
Italy remains Europe's worst-hit country by the coronavirus which has killed 827 people in the country and infected over 12,000 more. On Wednesday evening Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a nationwide shutdown of commercial activities excluding food & pharmacies.