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August 4, 2021: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Austria

ENTRY FROM COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES WITH LOW EPIDEMIOLOGICAL RISK (INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES)

Travelers who have exclusively been to the United States or another “country or territory with low epidemiological risk” (listed in Annex 1 of the COVID-19 Entry Regulation) in the past 10 days may enter Austria without quarantine or pre-travel-registration if they provide upon entry a certificate of vaccination, a certificate of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result (see below for specific requirements).

If none of those certificates or test results can be provided upon entry, the person seeking entry must take a COVID-19 test at their own expense immediately (max. 24 hours) after arrival. In this case travelers are required to register in advance using the pre-travel clearance form.

Countries and territories with low epidemiological risk (as of July 8, 2021): Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Jordan, Kosovo, Macau, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Vatican City, and Vietnam.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VACCINATION/RECOVERY CERTIFICATES OR COVID-19 TESTS

Please note that only certificates and test results issued in English or German by a medical professional or public authority will be accepted.

Vaccination Certificate (e.g. “CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card” or Medical Certificate):

  • Inoculation with BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson/Janssen, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, or Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Start of validity: 21 days after the first inoculation

  • End of validity: 90 days after the first inoculation if partially vaccinated (received 1 of 2 prescribed doses) or 270 days after the second/only inoculation if fully vaccinated (received all prescribed doses)

Certificate of Recovery (or Medical Certificate):

  • Confirmation of the patient’s recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days issued by a medical professional or public authority,

  • OR a positive test for COVID-19 antibodies not older than 90 days

COVID-19 Test Result (or Medical Certificate):

  • PCR or rapid/antigen test for SARS-CoV-2;

  • Sample taken no earlier than 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (rapid/antigen test) prior to entering Austria

  • Test results must include: full name and date of birth of the tested person; date and time of the sampling; test result; bar-/QR-code or stamp and signature of testing facility

 

B. ENTRY FROM AREAS OF VARIANTS OF CONCERN

Travelers who have been to an “area of variants of concern” (any country or territory listed in Annex 2) in the past 10 days are not allowed to enter Austria.

Areas of variants of concern (as of July 8, 2021): Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

The entry ban does not apply for the following groups of persons or to the following travel purposes:

  • Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens, and Swiss citizens and all persons living in the same household,

  • Persons with a residence in Austria, the EU/EEA, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican or Switzerland, and all persons living in the same household,

  • Holders of a residence permit issued by Austria or an ID card according to § 5 of the International Headquarters Act,

  • Members of diplomatic missions and consular representations as well as employees of international organizations,

  • Entry for professional/commercial reasons, including sport professionals and artists,

  • Students and researchers,

  • Persons subject to a compulsory duty imposed by a court or public authority (e.g. persons summoned to a court hearing)

  • Entry for considerable reasons within the family (i.e. visits of a life partner, severe cases of illness, deaths, funerals, births, weddings, birthdays or support of family members in emergency situations). The reason(s) must be credibly established upon entry into Austria.

Any person who seeks to enter Austria claiming one of the above mentioned exceptions must:

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

  2. present upon entry a negative molecular-biological COVID-19 test (PCR test only, no rapid/antigen test) taken no earlier than 72 hours before the time of entry, AND

  3. observe a 10-day home-quarantine at their residence or at an appropriate accommodation at their own cost. Quarantine may be terminated upon presentation of a negative result of a molecular-biological COVID-19 test taken no earlier than five days after entry (PCR test only, no rapid/antigen test). Persons subject to a compulsory duty imposed by a court or public authority by Austria or persons entering Austria for unexpected particular considerable reasons within the family are exempt from mandatory quarantine.

 

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

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

  2. 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),

  3. 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.

 

D. GENERAL EXEMPTIONS

Persons entering Austria for the following purposes are not subject to COVID-19 entry restrictions or mandatory quarantine:

  • TRANSIT through Austria without stop or unnecessary delay. A change in mode of transportation is admissible (e.g. plane to train, bus, taxi, etc.).

  • Reception of absolutely necessary medical services if the recipient is either Austrian Citizen, is subject to mandatory health insurance in Austria, or hold a treatment conformation from an Austrian hospital. The absolute medical necessity of the medical services must be certified by a licensed physician. One accompanying person is acceptable (certificate of vaccination/recovery or negative COVID-19 test required).


E. REGULATIONS FOR MINORS

  • Minors under the age of 12 are subject to the same entry requirements and conditions as the adult under whose supervision they are traveling with exception the testing requirement. (eg. quarantine if traveling with adult who does not have a certificate of vaccination or recovery)

  • Minors 12 years of age and older are subject to the same entry requirements and conditions as adults.


FURTHER INFORMATION

Please note: This information does not replace legal advice and therefore no legal claims can be based on its use.

Additional or legally binding information on these entry requirements can only be provided by the responsible Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection: +43 1 71 100 86 22 86 or buergerservice@sozialministerium.at

Legal Text:
Regulation of the Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care, and Consumer Protection on entry into Austria in connection with COVID-19

Binding version:
BGBl. II Nr. 276/2021

Amended by:
BGBl. II Nr. 302/2021

Consolidated version (non binding)

 


 

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