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.
What to consider in Vienna at the moment
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. 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, Trinicum Diagnostics 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.
Requirements for free movement for people who test positive (measure valid until 30.6.2023)
Since August 1, 2022, people who test positive no longer have to enter quarantine and can, if they do not feel sick, participate in most aspects of public life. In accordance with government regulations, these people are subject to requirements for free movement and a general requirement to wear an FFP2 mask. Entry prohibitions apply in especially sensitive areas.
- For people with a positive antigen or PCR test result, a 10-day period of free movement requirements applies. They can test to release after 5 days with a negative test result or a CT value over 30.
- The prerequisite for participation in public life involves wearing an FFP2 mask at all times. People who test positive must wear an FFP2 mask outside of their home in all enclosed spaces and on public transport. If it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters outdoors or if people from outside the household come to visit, an FFP2 must also be worn.
- People who test positive are prohibited from entering health facilities, senior homes and facilities for the disabled, kindergartens or primary schools.