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Austria COVID-19 Entry Requirements Travelers Need To Know

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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. 

12 Century Aggstein Castle in Austria
12th Century Aggstein Castle in Austria

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.
  • Austria will be on lockdown from November 22, 2021 to December 13, 2021. Tourist travel will only be allowed after the lockdown lifts.
  • After the lockdown, the “2-G-Rule” will be imposed. This means that all persons need to show proof of vaccination or recovery before entry to indoor establishments.

Countries Permitted to Enter Austria

Travelers coming from all countries are now permitted to enter Austria.

However, the country will be on lockdown from November 22, 2021 to December 13, 2021. Entry for toursists will only be allowed after the lockdown lifts.

Austrian parliament building in Vienna

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

Nations with ‘2-G’ Testing Rules:

Low-risk countries on Appendix A can now enter Austria with a ‘2-G’ pass, which is Austria’s lingo for ‘Geimpft and Genesen’ (Vaccinated and Recovered).

Appendix A (as of November 1, 2021) currently includes: – –

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Jordan
  • Macau
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam

People who are from the above countries may enter Austria without quarantine or pre-travel-registration if they provide any of the following upon entry:

  • 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

Please note that only certificates and test results issued in English or German language by a medical professional or public authority will be accepted.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Travelers coming from low-risk (Appendix A countries) will not have to quarantine.

Travelers coming from other 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

Back country skiing in 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. 

Historic town of Durnstein on the Danube river

Austria’s Health Requirements While Inside the Country (2-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 recovered or been 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.

Update: As of July 2021, Austria has started issuing the EU Digital COVID Certfiicate.

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

Austria has not made vaccinations a mandatory entry requirement, as visitors can also show proof of a negative PCR test or proof of 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.

Accepted vaccines include:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Covishield
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm

After January 3, 2022, Austria will no longer recognize the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A booster will be required for entry thereafter.

READ MORE:

All Countries Reopening For Tourism

Countries allowing Proof of Recovery, proof of Vaccination, or Antigen Tests for entry

Travel Insurance That Covers Covid-19

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Sources: Austrian Embassy/ Ministry of Tourism 

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


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Maria Isabel

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Hi there! I'm from Colombia, and I'm on holidays in Mexico. I will Travel to North Macedonia soon but I have to stop over in Germany and Austria. I've been looking info everywhere to see if I can even transit those two countries. Could you please tell me if i have any restriction or where to contact? Thank youu!

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

The best people to contact to find out for SURE about transits are the airlines themselves, the airport you wish to transfer at, and if you still can't get an answer... border police. With rules changing very fast and different nations being treated differently, it's very hard for me to make a sweeping recommendation or advice