Whether you are walking along the Danube, vacationing in Zell am See, a picturesque Alpine town, or visiting Salzburg and Vienna, Austria is an excellent destination for exploring the nature and history of the country.
With over 200 balls organized each year and the country famous for its delicious pastries, there is enough reason to make Austria at the top of everyone’s list even amid the pandemic.
If you are planning a trip to Austria, here are extended instructions for what you need to know.
Who can travel to Austria?
Citizens of the 27th bloc, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Iceland can travel to Austria without having to quarantine upon arrival. Furthermore, travelers from third countries that can also benefit from this relaxation restriction are:
Australia Canada Hong Kong Jordan Macau New Zealand Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore South Korea Taiwan Uruguay Vietnam
However, in order for these travelers to enter Austria, they are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result, vaccination certificate or medical evidence indicating that the holder has recovered from the virus.
A certificate or evidence of a negative test or recovery from COVID-19 issued by medical authorities, an official test result, vaccination certificate, card or European COVID-19 immunization passport submitted in digital and paper format can give travelers the freedom to undergo quarantine in Austria. The document must be submitted in either English or German.
If the traveler cannot present such a document upon arrival, he is obliged to submit a PCR test or antigen test upon arrival.
Entry rules for travelers with COVID-19 test results
Passengers who decide to submit a negative test result are required to submit a PCR test 72 hours before departure or an antigen test no later than 48 hours. For the tests to be valid, they must be issued by a medical authority. Self-tests are only valid if the result was recorded in the official data processing system before the trip took place. Children under 12 years of age are not required to take a test upon arrival in Austria.
Requirements for vaccinated arrivals
Vaccines made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna, Sinovac and Sinopharm, and mixed matches for these vaccines have been identified for entry into Austria. However, those who have been vaccinated with Sinopharm and Sinovac cannot use their vaccination certificates as proof of entry to hotels, restaurants and other places in Austria.
A traveler is considered fully vaccinated after receiving one of the EMA approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen) and 14 days have passed since receiving the final dose. Those vaccinated with the Janssen single-shot vaccines are considered fully vaccinated if 22 days have passed since the vaccine was given and the vaccination certificate is valid for 270 days.
Vaccination certificate holders have 360 days to use their documents. People who were previously infected and who received a single injection of the vaccine also have a validity of 360 days for their certificate of vaccination, similar to those who received the booster or the third vaccine.
Rules for travelers who have recovered from COVID-19
On the other hand, travelers who have recovered from a previous infection of COVID-19 are allowed to enter the country for 180 days after the infection has passed. Proof of antibody valid for 90 days from the date of the test.
Who is unable to visit Austria at the moment
Passengers from countries with high epidemiological risk are not allowed to travel to Austria for non-essential reasons. Currently, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile and Suriname are the only countries on Austria’s unsafe travel list.
However, travelers from these countries are still allowed to travel for medical or business reasons but should expect stricter requirements, as the following list unfolds:
They must complete the entry form and submit it digitally or as a hard copy at the border checkpoint. Submit a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to entering Austria. Quarantine for ten days upon arrival.
The ten-day quarantine requirement can be reduced if the traveler takes a COVID test on the fifth day of isolation.
What is open for travelers in Austria this fall
It’s time to be a vaccinated traveler in Austria, as the country imposes little or no rules on those who have received two doses of EMA-approved COVID vaccines.
Therefore, travelers who have been fully vaccinated, who have a recovery certificate and who have obtained a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours, are allowed to enter museums, events and other recreational facilities.
However, those who do not have any of the above medical evidence, are required to register before attending the event. Moreover, face masks are no longer required in Austria except for Vienna, which since 1 October has required everyone, including fully vaccinated travelers and those with previous infections, to wear an FFP2 mask when entering cultural institutions, shops and attending activities.
Austrian passport for COVID-19 vaccination
In June, the country successfully contacted the EUDCC portal and was ready to begin issuing the document by July, in time to reach the EU’s goal of connecting all member states to the portal in a bid to facilitate travel across Europe this year.
The EU COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Passport is the document issued to anyone who has been fully vaccinated, has recently been tested negative for COVID-19, and those who are immune to the virus due to recent infection.
Anyone who has been vaccinated with EMA-approved vaccines, recovered from the coronavirus or is currently negative for the virus, is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination passport.
Travel Insurance – A must for anyone visiting Austria
People traveling to Austria are advised to obtain extended travel insurance that covers any possible epidemic situation.
The insurance guarantees the traveler that if their flight is refused due to a COVID-19 situation, a refund will be given. It also covers health expenses in case of sudden illness or even repatriation in case of death.
You can buy medical travel insurance protection for travel to Austria at the lowest cost from MondialCare, AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance.
Current positive cases and vaccination prices The situation in Austria
According to the World Health Organization, 10,886 people have died in Austria from complications related to COVID-19, and 762,931 positive cases have been recorded since the beginning of the epidemic.
In the last 24 hours, the country has reported one death from the coronavirus and 2,719 cases of COVID-19 infection.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that as of October 15, 75.5 percent had received the first shot of the COVID vaccine while 72.1 had been fully vaccinated against COVID.
How did Austria manage COVID-19? Here is a timetable
Following the World Health Organization (WHO) designating COVID-19 as a global pandemic on 11 March 2021, Health Minister Anschober and Federal Chancellor Kurz on 13 March ordered the municipalities of Ischgl, Kappl, See, Galtür and Sankt Anton am Arlberg to be in Quarantine for 14 days.
On March 16, a strict closure began, and all non-essential stores, national parks, and public restrooms were closed until further notice. Air traffic has also been halted, while other strict contact regulations and COVID-19-based curfews are in effect. Restaurants, cafes and bars were closed the next day.
By the end of 2020, 6,222 people died due to the fallout from the Corona virus, while 36,815 positive cases were currently reported, according to information from the World Health Organization.
November and December were the most difficult months for the Austrians, since it was during these months that the deadliest day was established on December 17, when 218 people died over the course of the day. On November 21, the country recorded the highest number of total active cases recorded for the year 2020. It was November 5 when most positive cases of COVID-19 were reported, with 9,586 cases recorded per day.
Although the numbers of new COVID-19 infections have been on the rise, Austria has had fewer deaths than in November and December 2020, and the recovery rate has risen to 98.35 per cent.
An important role in easing these restrictions was played in the vaccination launch, which is still fully implemented.
However, in February, the Austrian authorities imposed stricter quarantine and entry rules to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus mutations. As a result, people entering Austria were subjected to a ten-day quarantine, which can be reduced by submitting a negative COVID-19 test result on the fifth day of quarantine.
Persons arriving in Austria were asked to submit a negative PCR or antigen test result as well as to fill out an online form.
At the same time, the country has imposed stricter border controls with Czechia and Slovakia due to the rise in COVID-19 cases from these countries.
However, these measures were supposed to end on May 19 as Austria announced that it would allow travel from several European and third countries classified as epidemiologically safe.
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Note: This article was originally published on July 14. Since then, it has been constantly updated with the latest changes. The last changes to the article were made on October 15, in line with the latest updates from the Austrian authorities.