Testing options and to-dos in the event of an infection
Austria offers many testing possibilities - also for guests who do not have an Austrian social security number. So take the opportunity to get yourself tested and take care of yourself and those around you.
Free of charge testing options (maximum of 5 PCR tests and 5 antigen tests)
- The City of Vienna's Alles gurgelt! campaign: Many Viennese hotels are offering free PCR gargle tests for their guests. These can be taken on site and either returned to reception or taken to one of the drop-off stations (Billa, Billa Plus, Bipa, Penny, BP-Merkur Inside, Jet-Billa Stop & Shop, Shell-Billa unterwegs, ÖBB travel centers at Vienna Main Station and Vienna Meidling Station, ÖBB travel agencies in Vienna Main Station and Vienna Westbahnhof Station). The result is available within 24 hours and is valid for 48 hours.
- Please ask at the reception if your hotel participates in the promotion.
- Everything gargles! for tourists
- Tourists can get themselves tested in the test centers and gargle boxes operated by the city of Vienna for free (PCR tests and some antigen quick tests). An appointment is required!
Please note that some test centers may only be visited if you do not have any symptoms!
- Guests with an Austrian E-Card/social security cover can also have themselves tested free of charge in pharmacies (registration required).
- Batches of free tests: Five free PCR tests and five free antigen tests will be provided per person per month. PCR test kits purchased before April 1, 2022, may be used in addition to the tests until April 30, 2022. Testing frequency is restricted to 5 tests/person. In addition, free tests will continue to be available for people with symptoms and for certain areas (e.g. hospitals).
Fee-based testing options
- Numerous private laboratories in Vienna offer the possibility to get PCR and antigen tests. You can find a selection in a list from the Ministry of Health.
- Guests can have a PCR or antigen test performed at any one of dozens of drugstores in Vienna. An appointment is required.
- Fast results from PCR tests are delivered within a few hours by companies such as FasTest, ViroTrust, DermaCare, PCRTestwien.at, with locations in the city center.
- The Health Center at Vienna Airport offers the possibility to get a PCR test or a rapid antigen test (Roche SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test).
- Hotel guests can also have a PCR test performed directly in the hotel via the service DeliveryTest. Trained couriers collect the samples.
- The Hotel Sacher and the Palais Hansen Kempinski offer their guests the possibility to get tested for COVID-19 (rapid PCR test or antigen test) in the hotel. For more information, please refer to the websites of the hotels or contact them directly.
COVID-19 tests in Vienna
Should you fall sick during your stay, you will be taken care of and can avail yourself of free medical treatment. Please pay attention to the following procedures:
- If you suspect that you are infected, please stay in your room and avoid gatherings of people and public transport.
- Call the health hotline on 1450: You will be looked after by medical staff over the phone and given further information.
- You should also use the symptom checker.
Sickness during your stay in Vienna
- If, despite taking every precaution, you fall sick when on vacation in Vienna, you can always trust in the city's extensive hygiene and safety measures.
- If you have to quarantine yourself in one of Vienna's facilities on the basis of an official measure or government notice (in accordance with the Epidemics Act), you won't have to pay the costs of doing so.
Testing to leave quarantine early
- For Covid-infected persons, the quarantine period in Vienna is at least 10 days.
Quarantine ends automatically after 10 days, if you have been symptom-free for 48 hours beforehand.
It is possible to end quarantine early with a negative molecular biological test. The quarantine may be broken to leave the accommodation to take the test.
You can test to leave quarantine early after 5 days (if you have been symptom-free for 48 hours). End of quarantine: PCR test negative or CT value over 30.
The following applies to contact persons since 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.