Latest News: Austrian government bans U.K. travelers from entering the country because of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 25.05.2021). Travel and tourism will resume, hotels will reopen as authorities relax most of lockdown measures; entry requirements remain effective (Schengen Visa Info, 19.05.2021). Government plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions on 19 May; hotels, restaurants to reopen (Reuters, 23.04.2021).
*From within the EU:
Travel from safe countries with low infection rates
Travellers arriving from countries with low infection rates must either:
- be vaccinated;
- having recovered from COVID-19;
- 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.
All EU and Schengen Associated Countries, with the exclusion of Croatia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden and Cyprus, are currently considered low infection rate countries.
Travel from countries with high infection rates
Travellers arriving from Croatia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden and Cyprus are not subject to the quarantine requirement if they either:
- are vaccinated;
- have recovered from COVID-19.
If such proof cannot be provided, the person has to provide a negative test result or carry out a test within 24 hours after entry, AND go into 10 days of quarantine. The quarantine can be ended from day 5 after entry (day of entry = 0) with a new negative test result.
Mandatory Travel Documentation
All travellers are required to complete a pre-travel clearance form (exemptions apply). In particular, this concerns the address of the place of stay or quarantine, the means of transport used to enter Austria, as well as the notification of the countries in which the person has stayed in the 10 days prior to arrival. The pre-travel clearance form is available in German and English.
Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays *Transit:
People who transit Austria without a stopover, which also applies to exclusively indispensable interruptions - provided that a departure is ensured, do not need to register via the pre-travel-clearance form and do not need to provide a negative test result, proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19.*From Third Countries:
Entry from most countries outside the EU is prohibited except for, among others, EU citizens or persons residing in the EU. Persons fulfilling the exception criteria may enter without quarantine if they are either vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
If such proof cannot be provided, the person has to provide a negative test result or carry out a test within 24 hours after entry, and go into 10 days of quarantine. The quarantine can be ended from day 5 after entry (day of entry = 0) with a new negative test result.
Travellers from the following countries:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
are not subject to the quarantine requirement if they are either:
- have recovered from COVID-19;
- provide a negative result to a COVID-19 test
Entry from states with confirmed virus variants (currently Brazil, India, the United Kingdom and South Africa) is only possible to a very limited extent. Entry is only possible with a negative molecular biological test result (e.g. PCR) and quarantine. The testing obligation also applies to vaccinated and recovered persons. A landing ban is in place for all flights from Brazil, India, South Africa and, as of 1 June 2021, for the United Kingdom as well. Exemptions are in place for cargo flights, operational flights, ambulance and rescue flights, repatriation flights, aircraft transfer flights, flights transporting seasonal agriculture workers, and flights transporting healthcare and medical personnel.
Mandatory Travel Documentation
When entering Austria from abroad, an online Pre-Travel-Clearance is mandatory (exemptions apply).
*Travel in Austria: Fabric face masks are compulsory on public transport and in taxis.
*Public spaces and services: Lockdown measures are in place throughout Austria, affecting all areas of everyday life. Restaurants, cafes and bars are currently closed to visitors. Hotels are closed to tourists. FFP2 facemasks are compulsory in supermarkets, banks, bakeries, food shops, service station shops, cable cars, post offices, pharmacies, doctors’ offices and on public transport. Regional measures, including rules on facemasks, may vary. People who do not live together must keep at least two metres apart from each other in public, except on public transport.