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.
Visitors from the approved EU countries can visit Austria without a quarantine period or testing.
Which Countries Can Travel To Austria?
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 blanket requirement for a medical certificate or quarantine has been lifted for all EU countries, and instead will be treated on a country-by-country basis due to case numbers/risk.
Travellers from the following countries do not need to show a negative COVID-19 test or commit to quarantine:
(list accurate as of Nov 17)
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
*Update: Countries in red text above will need to bring a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of arrival, or be subject to a 10-day quarantine.
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: Andorra, Albania, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, the areas of Brussels and Wallonia in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria (the regions Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Dobrich, Gabrovo, Jambol, Kardzhali, Montana, Plovdiv, Rasgrad, Shumen, Sliven, Smoljan, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Targovishte, Varna only), Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia (except Brod-Posavina, Istria, Koprivnica-Križevci, Osijek-Baranja, Šibenik-Knin, Varaždin, and Zadar), Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Île-de-France (Paris) and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur in France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Moldavia, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peoples Republic of China – Province Hubei, Peru, Philippines, Lisbon and Norte in Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands, Turkey, the areas of the North East, the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber in the United Kingdom, 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
Entry is prohibited to third-country nationals when arriving from states outside the Schengen area (except those listed above as safe countries). Exemptions apply. Third-country nationals travelling from inside the Schengen area have to carry a medical certificate proving a negative COVID-19 test result AND are additionally obligated to commit to a 10-day self-quarantine.
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
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
Update November 2:
Due to rising Coronavirus cases the Austrian government have decided to implement a second lockdown from November 3 until November 30. Measures include:
- Hotels are closed to leisure travellers/tourists; only business travellers are allowed to stay in hotels. Visitors who are already staying at a hotel when the measures take effect are allowed to remain there until their scheduled departure.
- Restaurants and bars can only offer takeout/delivery services, dining in is not permitted.
- Events such as concerts, plays, exhibitions etc. are cancelled.
- Museums, theatres, cinemas, gyms, pools, zoos, amusement parks, and other culture and leisure facilities must close (exception: libraries).
- All ski resorts are closed to the general public during lockdown. Ski area openings scheduled for November have been postponed to December. Professional ski teams will still be able to train.
- Cable cars are closed.
- Christmas markets cannot take place until 30 November.
- Shops can remain open; there must be at least 10 square metres (110 sq-ft) of space per customer. Personal services such as hairdressers can also remain open.
- Until 12 November, a curfew is in place (8 pm – 6 am).
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.