Austria (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Travellers do NOT have to fill out the pre-travel clearance form if they are entering from states or areas of low epidemiological risk, carry a proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result according to the below requirements, and have not stayed in any other state or area than those of low epidemiological risk or Austria in the past 10 days.

The following vaccines are valid for entry into Austria:

-Comirnaty from BioNtech/Pfizer
-Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca, and Covishield from Serum Institute of India
-COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen from Johnson & Johnson/Janssen -Pharmaceuticals
-Covid-19 Vaccine Moderna
-Sinopharm SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated (InCoV)
-Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine, SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: PCR test is required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.09.2021
1. Passengers arriving from or who in the past 10 days have been in Chile, Costa Rica or Suriname are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;
– residents of Austria;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/8w8kyybv
2. Residents of Austria and nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland arriving from or who in the past 10 days have been in Chile, Costa Rica or Suriname must have a negative COVID-19 LAMP, PCR or TMA test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival and are subject to quarantine for 10 days.
– The COVID-19 test requirement does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years if accompanied by an adult.
3. Passengers arriving from Cyprus must:
– have a negative COVID-19 LAMP, PCR or TMA test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival; or
– take a COVID-19 LAMP, PCR or TMA test upon arrival; or
– have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received:
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at most 360 days before arrival. A combination of vaccines is accepted; or
– the Janssen vaccine at least 22 days and at most 270 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 22 days and at most 360 days before arrival, and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Chile, Costa Rica or Suriname;
– passengers younger than 12 years if accompanied by an adult.
4. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 antigen test result issued at most 24 hours before arrival which is for personal use and recorded in an official data processing system; or
– have a negative COVID-19 antigen test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival; or
– have a negative COVID-19 LAMP, PCR or TMA test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival; or
– take a test within 24 hours after arrival; or
– have a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival; or
– a proof of neutralizing COVID-19 antibodies issued at most 90 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received:
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at most 360 days before arrival. A combination of vaccines is accepted; or
– the Janssen vaccine at least 22 days and at most 270 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 22 days and at most 360 days before arrival, and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers arriving from Chile, Cyprus, Costa Rica or Suriname;
– passengers who in the past 10 days have been in Chile, Costa Rica or Suriname;
– passengers younger than 12 years if accompanied by an adult.
5. Passengers must present a completed “Pre-Travel-Clearance” upon arrival. The form can be found at https://entry.ptc.gv.at
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam, with:
– a negative COVID-19 antigen test result issued at most 24 hours before arrival which is for personal use and recorded in an official data processing system; or
– a negative COVID-19 antigen test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival; or
– a negative COVID-19 LAMP, PCR or TMA test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival; or
– a proof of neutralizing COVID-19 antibodies issued at most 90 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received:
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at most 360 days before arrival. A combination of vaccines is accepted; or
– the Janssen vaccine at least 22 days and at most 270 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 22 days and at most 360 days before arrival, and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19.
6. Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 10 days.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at most 270 days before arrival, and their accompanying minors between 12 and 18 years old. A combination of vaccines is accepted;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Janssen at least 22 days and at most 270 days before arrival, and their accompanying minors between 12 and 18 years old;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/8w8kyybv

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Travellers do NOT have to fill out the pre-travel clearance form if they are entering from states or areas of low epidemiological risk, carry a proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result according to the below requirements, and have not stayed in any other state or area than those of low epidemiological risk or Austria in the past 10 days.

Travellers DO have to fill out the pre-travel clearance form (https://bit.ly/3ho6kiI0 if they cannot provide such proof or have stayed in a state or area other than those of low epidemiological risk or Austria in the past 10 days.

Countries and areas are divided in three categories, as specified hereafter.

1. Countries or areas of “low epidemiological risk” (see Appendix 1 https://bit.ly/3w5Rt1y of the COVID-19 entry regulation 2021)

Travellers from these areas must either:

-be vaccinated. As proof, travellers must either carry (A) a medical certificate (in German / in English) or (B) a vaccination certificate. A vaccination certificate is valid if one of the following conditions is met:

21 days, and no more than 90 days, have elapsed from dose 1 of 2;

The second dose of vaccine has been received, and no more than 270 days have elapsed since the time of the first dose;

21 days, and no more than 270 days, have elapsed after vaccination in the case of vaccines for which only one dose is scheduled;

Vaccination with a single dose of any vaccine, carried out less than 270 days before, for people who have recovered from COVID-19 (following a positive result to a COVID-19 test at least 21 days before the date of vaccination).

-The following vaccines are valid for entry into Austria:

Comirnaty from BioNtech/Pfizer

Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca, and Covishield from Serum Institute of India

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen from Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Covid-19 Vaccine Moderna

Sinopharm SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated (InCoV)

Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine, SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated

-provide a certification that they have recovered from COVID-19;

As proof, travellers must either carry (A) a medical certificate (in German / in English) or (B) a recovery certificate confirming infection with SARS-CoV-2 in the last 6 months, certified by molecular biology (e.g. PCR test). Proof of neutralising antibodies, which must not be older than 3 months, is equivalent to such a certificate.

-provide a pre-departure PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to arrival) or a rapid antigen test (taken within 48 hours prior to arrival), or carry out a test within 24 hours after entry.

As proof, travellers must either carry (A) a medical certificate (in German / in English) or (B) a test certificate issued in German or English confirming that the holder has tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 (PCR or antigen testing), including at least the following data:

first and last name of the person tested,

date of birth,

date and time of sample collection,

infection status (positive or negative),

signature of the person performing the test and stamp of the institution performing the test (or bar- or QR-code)

2. “Virus variant” countries or areas (see Appendix 2 of the COVID-19 entry regulation 2021)

Entry from these areas is in principle prohibited (except for, among others, professional purposes, Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens, visits of partners).

The entry requirements for the exceptions are the following:

negative molecular biological test result (e.g. PCR) on entry

Pre Travel Clearance

Obligation of a 10-day quarantine. The quarantine can be ended from day 5 after entry with a negative molecular biological test result.

-Quarantine requirement does not apply to entry:

for professional purposes to visit an international institution and for diplomats;

in the overriding interest of the Republic of Austria, in particular for cultural or sporting purposes;

for medical reasons, funerals, weddings.

3. Other countries and areas that are NOT listed in Appendix 1 or 2 of the COVID-19 entry regulation 2021

Entry requirements:

Proof of vaccination, a negative pre-departure test, certification of recovery from COVID-19 (see point 1 above)

Pre Travel Clearance

Obligation of a 10 day quarantine (unless 14 days have passed since full immunisation). The quarantine can be ended from day 5 after entry with a negative result to a new test.

No mandatory quarantine and pre-travel clearance for: 

Commuters to attend school or college, or for family purposes, or to visit a partner; 

Fully immunised travellers, if 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccine dose required as well as for accompanying minors between 12 and 18

Diplomats, for medical reasons, for emergency personnel, for judicial duties and unpredictable family emergencies (funerals, severe sudden illness). 
 

Lockdown Details

No curfew is in effect. With comprehensive health measures in place, catering and accommodation establishments may receive customers and events are possible. Guests have to register and provide proof of their low epidemiological risk by:

-proof of vaccination of an EMA licensed vaccine:
after the 22nd day of the first vaccination and within three months from that date
after the last prescribed dose (if this is also the first dose, 22 days later) and within 9 months from the first vaccination

-a medical certificate to proof a recovery from an infection in the past 6 months, confirmed by a positive PCR test (or an Absonderungsbescheid);
proof of neutralising antibodies, which must not be older than 3 months;

-a negative antigen test not older than 24h, taken at home and registered in an official data processing system;

-a negative antigen test not older than 48h, performed from an authorised body;

-a negative PCR test not older than 72h.

Further opening steps are planned for 1 July.

FFP2 masks must be worn indoors in all public areas, in shops and on public transport. No facemasks have to be worn outdoors (also in catering and accommodation establishments and during events).

*As of 1 July, it is planned that no facemasks have to be worn indoors if guests can prove their low epidemiological risk (see details under “General Measures”).

In all public places (indoors and outdoors), a minimum distance of 1 metre must be kept from persons which do not belong to the same household.

*As of 1 July, it is planned that no further distance requirement shall be in place.

Private gatherings are allowed with max. 16 adults (+children) outdoors, and max. 8 adults (+children) indoors.

The limit of attendees for events where people are seated is 3000 outdoors and 1500 indoors.

*As of July 1st, it is planned that no further limitations for private gatherings shall apply. At the same time, also the limit of attendees for events shall expire.

Non-essential shops are open. In all shops, the use of FFP2 masks is mandatory. Opening hours are between 05.00 and midnight. One customer per 10 square metres is allowed.

*As of 1 July, it is planned that limits per square metre will no longer apply.

Catering establishments may receive customers with comprehensive concepts in place. To receive services, guests have to register and provide proof of their low epidemiological risk (see General Measures).

Max. 8 adults (+ children) per table indoors and max. 16 adults (+ children) per table outdoors are allowed. Restaurants may open from 05.00 to midnight.

Delivery services are allowed 24/7.

*As of 1 July, it is planned that no limit per table shall apply. There shall be no closing hour any longer.
 

Sources

https://www.bmk.gv.at/service/corona/einreisebestimmungen.html
Data Source: covidcontrols.co