Austria was one of the most visited countries in the world prior to the pandemic and received over 28 million visitors a year. The country is well known for its beautiful mountains, skiing, castles, palaces, and stunning architecture.
Austria has now reopened for tourism once again. Here are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements for Austria in 2021 and everything you need to know before booking your trip.
Updated News & Restrictions for Austria in 2021
- Lockdown ended May 19, 2021, with a wide variety of new reopenings inside the nation, including: restaurants, hotels, contact sports, museums, gatherings of 10 outdoors and 4 indoors, etc.
- Another round of openings will come into effect on July 1, 2021 that will see larger gatherings and bigger venues return
- New entry rules were also established May 19, 2021 that allows more entry options for visitors, including proof of recovery and proof of vaccination.
Countries Permitted to Enter Austria
Travelers coming from the following countries are permitted to enter Austria.
- European Union Members
- Schengen Area Countries and EFTA/EEA nations
- European Micronations: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, The Vatican
- Select approved third-party nations (including the USA) listed below
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
Nations with ‘3-G’ Testing Rules:
Low-risk countries on Appendix A can now enter Austria with a ‘3-G’ pass, which is Austria’s lingo for ‘Getestet, Geimpft, Genesen’ (Tested, Vaccinated, Recovered)
Appendix A (as of July 1, 2021) currently includes: – –
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- the Netherlands
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United States of America
- Vatican City
The above countries have many options for testing, including:
- A negative rapid antigen test, taken no longer than 48-hours before arrival
- A negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72-hours before arrival
- A medical certificate no older than 6 months, but older than 15 days, proving the passenger had a previously positive case of the virus and has fully recovered (Proof of antibody test also accepted, no older than 3 months)
- Proof of vaccination, in showing at least 22 days has passed since the final shot of vaccine was administered.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
Travelers coming from low-risk (Appendix A countries) will not have to quarantine.
Travelers coming from high-risk countries (Appendix B countries) will have to quarantine for 10-days upon arrival with the option of ‘testing to release’ on day 5.
Pre Travel Clearance Form
All passengers, regardless of the country they are coming from, must fill out a pre travel clearance form at least 72 hours before entering Austria
COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements
All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Austria.
Austria’s Health Requirements While Inside the Country (3-G and Digital Green Pass)
As of May 19, 2021 Austria has reopened things like hotels, bars, restaurants and many other tourism-based businesses, but they are applying a sort of ‘vaccine passport’ with checks once inside the nation.
Anyone wanting to check into a hotel, visit a museum, take part in an event, etc will need to show they have either been tested, recovered, or vaccinated.
Austria is developing a digital ‘Green Pass’ app to make this easier to prove on the go, but it’s not yet ready. Government officials estimate it should be ready by mid-June. For now, showing your physical papers for negative tests, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination will suffice.
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
Austria has not made vaccinations a mandatory entry requirement, as visitors can also show proof of a negative PCR/Antigen test, or proof or recovery for entry. They are allowing proof of vaccination as a valid entry requirement in lieu of testing.
Vaccinations need to be fully complete, with at least 22 days passed since the last shot. Vaccination types recognized are the same as listed by the EU Commission. Proof of vaccination is only valid for 9 months until further studies are done.
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Disclaimer: Current Austria travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories
Originally published August 25, 2020 with updates