Compared to the previous 15 months or so, it’s a great time to be an American traveler right now. As various different countries around the world ease their restrictions and clamor for American tourists to visit, the possibilities for a summer vacation seem endless.
Yet whilst more and more countries are keen to let Americans in, it can be hard for travelers to keep on top of not only the entrance policies for each destination, but their local Covid-19 rules and procedures too. As Austria begins welcoming American travelers, here’s everything you need to know about a trip to the central European gem.
Covid-19 In Austria – Background Information For Travelers
As far as Covid-19 is concerned in Austria, it’s fair to say the worst is well and truly behind them. At its peak, the virus recorded almost 10,000 daily cases in November – however, the last 7 days have returned an average of just 106 daily cases. Coupled with the fact that 32% of the population are fully vaccinated and 52% have received at least one dose of the vaccine, it seems like Austria is making the right decision to drop its restrictions.
Austria Welcomes Americans – What Travelers Should Know
Following the lead of several European countries, Austria too has begun allowing American travelers to cross its borders, with the rule coming into effect from June 24th. Whilst not one of the more popular destinations for Americans to visit in Europe, the addition of another potential travel option and a step closer towards normality that the move represents is bound to be keenly welcomed by all American travelers.
The new entrance requirements that Americans face to get into Austria provide both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers with the opportunity to enter the country and allows visits for non-essential purposes, such as for vacations. Travelers must provide one of three documents in order to enter:
- Negative Covid-19 Test: a PCR test no older than 72 hours, or an antigen test no older than 48 hours. Tests must be issued by a medical authority, meaning self-tests are not valid. Children under 10 do not need to show a test
- Vaccine certificate: The following vaccines (including mix-and-match vaccines) are recognized: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sinopharm. (Please be aware that this only applies to entering the country. Sinopharm is not valid for entering hotels, restaurants etc. within Austria.) You are considered “vaccinated” starting on the 22nd day after your first dose, lasting for 3 months from the vaccination date. After the second dose, the validity extends for another 6 months (i.e. the vaccination is then valid for 9 months total from the first vaccination date). Vaccines that only require one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose and for 9 months from the vaccination date
- Proof of past infection: You can enter Austria for 6 months after a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Proof of antibodies is valid for 3 months from the test date. This can be a doctor’s certificate, an official test result or an official/medical certificate proving a past infection, either in German or English
Once in Austria, travelers may be required to show proof of a negative test, vaccination or past infection in order to use leisure facilities such as restaurants, cinemas, or theatres where large numbers of people congregate. From July 1st, several more restrictions are set to be eased in the country. Bars and restaurants can remain open past midnight, whilst medical-grade masks will no longer need to be worn anywhere except for hospitals and nursing homes.
Non-medical grade masks – such as scarves or cotton masks – will be sufficient when in indoor venues such as bars and restaurants, and on public transport. Masks will not need to be worn in outdoor areas or outdoor events, regardless of the size and scale of the event.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. 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