Arrival and departure
Entry into Austria: Prerequisites
Tested, recovered and vaccinated persons from certain countries are allowed to enter Austria. The following provisions apply to these three groups:
- Molecular test (e.g. PCR test) valid for 72 hours from the time of sampling
- Antigen test of an authorized provider: valid for 48 hours from the time of sampling
For public life in Vienna (entry to hotels, the restaurant sector, art and cultural events etc.), tests are valid for a shorter length of time: PCR tests are only valid for 48 hours, antigen tests for 24 hours.
- Official discharge certificate: valid for 6 months
- Medical confirmation of a prior infection confirmed by means of a molecular test: valid for 6 months
- Proof of a positive test for neutralizing antibodies: valid for 3 months
- 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).
The following rules apply to people who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EMA (Biontech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson):
- The proof of vaccination for fully vaccinated people is valid for 360 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.
- The vaccination is valid for 360 days from the date of the vaccination for recovered people who have been vaccinated once.
- The third vaccination (or the second vaccination for those who have had one shot or who have recovered from Covid) is valid for 360 days.
Please note that proof of a negative test, recovery or vaccination with a vaccine approved by the EMA must also be presented for many areas of public life in Vienna (Important: The Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are not recognized in such circumstances! People who have been vaccinated with these vaccines will need a negative coronavirus test). Full information on public and cultural life in Vienna during the coronavirus pandemic can be found here:
Specific entry requirements
- Entry to Austria is possible for vaccinated, recovered and tested people without having to complete a 10-day quarantine, if these individuals can verify at the time of entry that they have stayed solely in Austria or one of the countries listed below during the preceding 10 days. If such proof cannot be presented, the traveler must register for Pre-Travel Clearance and take a test without delay, and in any even within 24 hours.
This regulation applies to the following countries: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hongkong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Principality of Liechtenstein, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Uruguay, Vatican City, Vietnam.
- For entry from countries not listed above, the following applies: proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test, mandatory registration, and quarantine. Vaccinated and recovered persons who can provide proof or a medical certificate which confirm this do not have to go into quarantine when entering the country. It is possible to get tested to leave the quarantine after five days.
- Entry from countries and territories with variants of the virus is in principle prohibited. Currently, these are Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Suriname. Exemptions from this include Austrian citizens, EU and EEA citizens. The following applies to such persons: individuals who have been in such countries or territories in the preceding 10 days must carry proof of low epidemiological risk (negative PCR test), must register themselves, and immediately commence a 10-day period of quarantine. Release from quarantine is possible on the fifth day after arrival at the earliest by taking a test whose result is negative.
- According to the current entry regulations, it is possible to enter from states or territories affected by variants of the virus for professional purposes under simplified conditions (no quarantine requirement), subject to the provision of proof that such entry is in the overwhelming interest of the Republic of Austria. Such proof must be issued by a Federal Ministry.
- 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.
- Travelers arriving at Vienna Airport from Cyprus must present proof of complete vaccination or a negative PCR test result. If a test result cannot be produced and it is not possible to take a PCR test at the airport either, the passenger will nevertheless be allowed to enter the country. However, a PCR test must then be taken within 24 hours and a negative result presented.
- Services operated by the City Airport Train CAT from the airport to Wien Mitte station have been suspended until further notice. 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.
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.
- After entering Austria from high-risk or high-incidence countries, a ten-day quarantine must be taken immediately
- 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 people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the quarantine period in Vienna will be extended to 14 days due to the more infectious B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant. This may only be ended early by passing another test. In this case, the quarantine can be ended early on day ten.