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Austria has officially reopened its borders to for tourism on June 16, 2020.
The first 31 countries that have authorization to travel to Austria include all of the European Union nations, with the exception of UK, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.
Visitors from the approved EU countries can visit Austria without a quarantine period or testing.
Which Countries Can Travel To Austria?
“On June 16, measures such as COVID19 tests or quarantine when entering Austria will no longer be necessary for a total of 31 countries in Europe.”
Prior to June 16th anyone from the EU travelling to Austria had to submit a medical certificate proving a negative covid PCR test no older than four days upon entry or be subject to a 14-day quarantine period.
As of June 16th, the requirement for a medical certificate or quarantine has been lifted for all EU countries, except for Sweden, Spain and Portugal. If you are from one of those four countries, you need to bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure.
As of July 15, 2020 travellers from the following countries do not need to show a negative COVID-19 test or commit to quarantine:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
*Update Aug 18: Spain and Croatia now need a 72-hour negative PCR test to enter Austria.
Update July 28: In order to stop EU citizens returning to Austria from high-risk countries, the government has made a new rule.
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving from a high-risk area are obligated to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
The following are considered high-risk areas by the Austrian government: Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Brasil, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldavia, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peoples Republic of China – Province Hubei, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and USA. Please be aware that this is only true for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. This does NOT mean residents and nationals of the above high-risk countries can enter with a test, because they cannot.
Entry Ban Updates
Important UPDATE July 15:
Direct flights from the following countries are not allowed to land in Austria: Egypt, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Iran, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, China, Belarus.
Only Essential Travel with COVID-19 Test or Self-Quarantine
From the Sweden, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Romania only essential travel in conjunction with a negative COVID-19 test or self-quarantine is permitted.
Austria Allowing Reunification of Un-Married Couples #LoveIsNotTourism
Austria is now allowing the reunification for un-married couples, even if one partner is from the USA, however Americans will have to bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure AND quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
Since the Austrian government has been vaguer than some other EU nations, as seems to be treating entry on a case by case basis, eager lovers looking to reunite should contact the Austrian consulate before traveling, and have lots of paperwork ready to show proof of their relationship.
What are the rules for visiting Austria?
While you visit Austria, the government is asking all tourists to adbide by these health regulations:
- Social distancing of 1 metre between strangers
- Avoiding hugging, kissing or hand shaking as greetings
- Wearing a mask where necessary
- Frequent hand washing
When can Canada, USA, Australia and other countries enter?
Right now, entry by air from all non-EU countries is prohibited.
Update July 6:
The EU suggested a list of ‘safe' third-party countries on June 30th, which included Canada and Australia, but Austria has decided to not accept the suggestion at this time.
Is entry into Austria based on nationality, residency or location?
BOTH residency and location. You have to be a resident of one of the above approved countries, and have physically been in one of the above approved countries for the past 14 days.
What’s Open in Austria?
Many tourists will find most things are open in Austria, but they may have different rules or limited hours compared to before.
- Hotels and inns have been re-opening since late-May
- Restaurants, cafes, and eateries have been re-opening since May 15
- Indoor and outdoor events of up to 100 people
- Museums, zoos, swimming pools, etc have all be re-opening since May 29
Have Flights Resumed to Austria?
Yes. Many flights have already resumed into Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg.
Austrian Air has the most flight availability across popular European cities, but other airlines already flying directly into Austria include: Lufthansa, Swiss Air, Air Serbia, LOT, Wizz Air, Eurowings and Laudamotion.
Read More: Want to see what other countries are open? Read our complete list of countries now reopen for tourism
Ab 16. Juni wird es in Europa wieder weitgehende Reisefreiheit geben. Die Grenzen zu 31 Staaten werden geöffnet. Für den heimischen Tourismus ist das ein wichtiger Schritt, Österreich ist eines der schönsten und sichersten Urlaubsländer.https://t.co/2SCEZc1WVA— Elisabeth Köstinger (@ElliKoestinger) June 10, 2020
Disclaimer: Austria’s reopening news is ever-changing 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 before traveling.