I was advised that I can expect a fine in relation to a breach of the Covid-19 Einreiseverordnung. What fines are possible?

Some people have received forms requiring them to provide information due to not having all/some necessary information when entering Austria from abroad. Some have claimed that they are unaware of there being fines in place for breaches of the Covid-19 Einreiseverordnung (Covid-19 EinreiseV).

While the sanctioning provisions are not contained in the text of the Covid-19 EinreiseV itself, they are clearly stated in the Epidemiegesetz. The Regulation was issued by the SozialministeriumSozialministerium The Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection is responsible for the following fields: The health care system Initiatives for people with disabilities Consumer protection Public health and medical issues Care and support The rights of consumers and the protection of their health Senior citizens’ policy Social policy Social insurance on the strength of the power being conferred upon it in Articles 16, 25 and 25a of the Epidemiegesetz (EpiG; Epidemic Act) to issue the Regulation.

Article 40 para. 1 lit. c EpiG states that breaches of Regulations enacted on the basis of the EpiG are classified as administrative offences (Verwaltungsübertretungen), and the sanctions are imposed in what is known as administrative penalty proceedings (Verwaltungsstrafverfahren), with maximum fines of EUR 1,450 or alternatively up to four weeks imprisonment in the event that there is no way of recovering the amount of the fine (known as an Ersatzfreiheitsstrafe).

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