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Arrival and departure

Tighter rules for entering Austria:

  • Entry into Austria is only possible with valid proof of vaccination or recovery. A negative PCT test result (maximum of 72 hours old) must also be shown if proof of a booster vaccination cannot be presented.
  • If proof of an additional PCR test or booster vaccination cannot be presented, entry will be permitted, but the traveler must quarantine at home immediately upon arrival. This quarantine can be ended by taking a PCR test after arrival and receiving confirmation of a negative result. In this case, registration through Pre-Travel Clearance is mandatory.
  • Exempt from the requirement to present proof of vaccination or recovery and the additional PCR test or booster vaccination are pregnant women and people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. The reason for the exemption must be verified by means of a medical certificate. A further exemption applies for people of school age, regardless of their nationality: This group of people may enter with the Ninja Pass or equivalent documentation. Children under 12 years of age are also exempt, but must be quarantined or registered in the same way as their adult travel companion.

Hotels, restaurants, museums, theaters, musicals, opera, stores, services provided in close physical proximity, and sports venues are open to vaccinated people and people who have recovered from Covid-19. Stricter measures apply for events depending on the number of participants, which are partly 2G+ (vaccinated or recovered plus a negative covid test which is no older that 72 hours) or 3G+ (must have had the third vaccine and also be PCR-tested).

What you need to make a note of at the moment

The following conditions apply:

Tested people

  • Molecular test (e.g. PCR test) valid for 72 hours from the time of sampling
  • Antigen tests from an authorized body are valid only for commuters (work, school, study, family purposes, life partners) for a period of 24 hours from the time the sample is taken.

Recovered people

  • Proof of recovery: medical or official confirmation of recovery from an infection in the last 180 days, confirmed by a molecular-biological method (e.g. with a PCR test).

Vaccinated people

  • Since August 15, 2021, the proof of vaccination has been valid only with both received vaccinations (the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is exempt from this).
  • The proof of vaccination must be presented in the Latin alphabet in German or English.
  • The vaccine must have been approved by the EMA or gone through the EUL process of the WHO (Biontech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac).

A document of vaccination also applies as proof of vaccination under the following conditions:  

  • The proof of vaccination for fully vaccinated people is valid for 270 days from the date of the second vaccination.
  • Vaccines for which only one vaccination is scheduled (e.g., from Johnson & Johnson) are valid for a total of 270 days from the date of vaccination beginning on the 22nd day after vaccination. Since January 3, 2022, persons vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson require a second dose for a valid digital COVID certificate (preferably with an EMA-approved mRNA vaccine: Biontech/Pfizer or Moderna).
  • From February 1, 2022, the Green Pass is only valid for six months for the double-vaccinated – the validity remains nine months for people who have received three vaccinations.

  • For recovered people who have been vaccinated once, the vaccination is valid if a positive molecular-biological test result (e.g. PCR test) for SARS-CoV-2 was received at least 21 days before vaccination or if proof of neutralizing antibodies was available prior to vaccination; the vaccination must not have been given more than 270 days previously.

  • The third vaccination (or the second vaccination for those who have had one shot or who have recovered from Covid) is valid for 270 days.

Entry requirements for children

  • Children aged 12 years and below are exempt from the testing requirement if they are accompanied by an adult. In the event of quarantine, this will be considered finished when the quarantine of the accompanying adult is finished. The child must be registered for Pre-Travel Clearance, if required.
  • For children aged 12 years and above, the normal immigration conditions such as registering for Pre-Travel Clearance, testing and quarantine apply.
  • The Ninja Pass or an equivalent (in German or English) will be accepted as proof in the sense of the 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered) upon entry into Austria. It applies to people who are subject to compulsory education. If all weekly tests have been taken, this also applies on the sixth and seventh day after the first test. 

Please note that proof of a negative test, recovery or vaccination with a vaccine approved by the EMA (Biontech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) must be presented as proof of entry for many areas of public life in Vienna (Important: The Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are not recognized in such circumstances!)

Vienna International Airport

  • You can find information on ongoing flight operations at Vienna Airport on the airport's website. Please note that an FFP2 mask must be worn in all areas of the airport.
  • Services operated by the City Airport Train CAT from the airport to Wien Mitte Station are expected to resume in spring 2022. However, smooth transfers from and to the airport continue to be provided by trains of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and buses. ÖBB guarantees that its trains are cleaned and disinfected several times daily. Wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory on all trains and on the station premises.
  • Alternative ways to travel from/to the airport to/from Vienna
  • Free PCR gargle tests are available on all ÖBB Nightjet trains travelling to Vienna. The test kits are handed out by staff on board the trains and can be handed in upon arrival in Vienna at one of 620 REWE stores. If handed in before 9 a.m., the result will be available within 24 hours. More details

Travel within Austria

Of course, it is also possible to travel within Austria. On all public transportation, such as the Austrian Federal Railways or buses, you must wear an FFP2 mask.

Tips for travelers by car, train, bus and plane in and to Austria

Departure

Please inform yourself on the official pages of your home destination about the entry regulations there or about what kind of test you have to bring for your journey home.

Test possibilities in Vienna for your journey home

Quarantine

  • Austrians arriving from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Eswatini, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom must undergo a ten-day quarantine (except for those who have already received a booster vaccination and can provide a PCR test that is no more than 48 hours old).
  • It is possible to end quarantine from the fifth day after arrival with a negative molecular biological test or antigen test (Exception: persons entering from India must present a negative PCR test). The quarantine may be broken to leave the accommodation to take the test.
    Complete information on testing options in Vienna
  • Quarantine may be ended before the ten-day period is up for the purpose of departing from Austria. All efforts must be made to minimize the risk of infection wherever possible upon departure.
  • For all those infected with the Omikron variant, a quarantine period of at least 10 days applies in Vienna until further notice.
  • The following applies to contact persons from January 8, 2022: There is no longer any distinction made between K1 and K2 people. You are no longer considered to be a contact person when you have been vaccinated three times or if everyone involved was wearing an FFP2 mask. That also applies to children who have not yet received a third vaccination. The following applies to everyone classified as contact persons: Testing to leave quarantine early is possible from the fifth day with a negative PCR test.

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