Covid-19 Updates

last updated 20 Dec 2020

Austria Covid-19 Regulations

  1. Entry Restrictions

Most international travelers currently cannot enter Austria, except for the following:

  • Travelers who are travelling to Austria from one of the countries listed on either Appendix A (Australia, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Uruguay, Vatican) ;
  • Travelers who are travelling to Austria from a country not listed on either Appendix A, provided that they fall into one of the following categories:
    • Nationals of EEA Member States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as well as their family members living in the same household;
    • Passengers holding a national “Type D” visa or residence permit issued by Austria;
    • Passengers travelling to Austria for business or professional purposes;
    • Passengers entering Austria for humanitarian missions;
    • Students enrolled at schools and institutions of higher learning in Austria;
    • Passengers in transit;
  • Cross-border commuters (e.g. workers, students, family visits, etc.);
  • Transportation personnel.

Flights to Austria from the United Kingdom have been suspended until at least 1 January 2021.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Travelers who seek to enter Austria are allowed to enter only with a medical certificate (German; English) showing a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Austria, except for the following:

  • Travelers who have been in no country other than Austria or the countries listed in Appendix A in the past 10 days prior to their entry to Austria;
  • Children below the age of 11, provided they are travelling with their parents.

2. Quarantine/Self-Isolation Requirements

A mandatory 10-day quarantine applies to people entering Austria from countries not listed in Appendix A. It is possible to take a PCR or antigen test after 5 full days and release oneself from quarantine, if the result is negative. It is also possible to leave the country before the end of the quarantine, if it is ensured that the risk of infection is minimized as much as possible. A filled out and signed declaration of quarantine must be presented upon arrival (Appendix E and F).

The following persons do not have to go into quarantine if they can present a medical certificate (Appendix C and D) showing a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Austria:

  • humanitarian workers
  • business travelers (this also includes, for example, 24-hour supervisors)
  • persons who enter due to a court summons

If the testing is carried out in Austria, the quarantine can be terminated as soon as a negative PCR or antigen test result is available.

Please note that this page is updated on an ongoing basis, but COVID-19 related restrictions and policies are subject to frequent and sudden change, often with little to no advance notice to the public. Therefore, to ensure that you have the latest updates, we recommend that you reach out to T&S at [email protected] for additional information.

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