Lockdown Update – Austria’s Current Coronavirus Measures

Austria’s lockdown was lifted on May 19, but there are still measures in place to contain COVID-19. Here’s how it works.

A Detailed Guide on Traveling to Austria

  • Persons who enter from:
    • Andorra
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Denmark
    • Germany
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Principality of Liechtenstein
    • Greece
    • Ireland
    • Iceland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Monaco
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • San Marino
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    • South Korea
    • Czech Republic
    • Hungary
    • Vatican

and can credibly prove upon entry that they have been staying exclusively in Austria or in a state or territory listed within the last 10 days, have to carry a medical certificate, a test result, a vaccination certificate or a convalescence certificate (vaccinated, tested, convalesced) and present it in case of an inspection. You may enter without quarantine, but you are still required to complete the Pre-Travel Clearance.

Without such proof, a molecular biological (e.g. PCR) or antigen test must be carried out immediately, in any case within 24 hours after entry. The negative test result must be presented at a control.

  • When entering from or staying in the last 10 days in states or territories of:
    • Croatia
    • Lithuania
    • Netherlands
    • Sweden
    • Cyprus

Persons entering the country with a certificate of vaccination or convalescence or a medical certificate of vaccination or convalescence (vaccinated, tested, convalescent) shall carry them with them and present them at a check.

Persons who do not meet these requirements must carry a medical certificate of a negative test result or a test result and present it at a control. If the medical certificate or the test result cannot be presented, a molecular biological (e.g. PCR) or antigen test must be carried out immediately, in any case within 24 hours after entry.

Tested persons must enter a 10-day quarantine after entry, vaccinated or recovered persons do not. Quarantine is considered to be terminated if a molecular biological (e.g. PCR) or antigen test is performed no earlier than the fifth day after entry and the test result is negative.

  • Entry from other states or territories  such as:
    • Brazil
    • India
    • South Africa

is generally not permitted and only possible in exceptional cases. Upon entry, these persons must in any case provide proof of vaccination, testing and recovery.

  • Entry from these states and territories is only permitted for the following groups of persons:
    • Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens and persons living with them in the same household
    • Swiss citizens and persons living with them in the same household
    • Persons domiciled or habitually resident in EU/EEA states or Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican or Switzerland and persons living with them in the same household
    • Foreigners, if they have a visa D issued by Austria or a photo ID according to § 5 of the official residence law
    • Persons who are entitled to reside in Austria on the basis of a residence permit, a residence title or documentation of the right of residence pursuant to the Settlement and Residence Act or the Asylum Act 2005
    • Persons holding a confirmation of application pursuant to Art. 18 (1) of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (Withdrawal Agreement)
    • Members of the staff of diplomatic missions or consular posts and persons living in the same household with them
    • Employees of international organizations and persons living with them in the same household
    • Humanitarian workers
    • Persons who are employed by a domestic regional authority or a domestic public corporation and whose place of employment is abroad or whose duties are performed abroad, provided that the activities of this corporation abroad are in the interest of the Republic of Austria
    • Persons entering Austria for professional purposes
    • an accompanying person within the scope of entry for medical reasons
    • Persons entering for the purpose of taking up or continuing studies or for research purposes
    • Persons entering for the purpose of attending school
    • Persons entering for the purpose of performing a mandatory duty imposed by a court or governmental authority, such as serving summonses to court hearings
  • Entry from virus variant states Brazil, India, South Africa, and the United Kingdom is only possible to a very limited extent. Essentially, only Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens or Swiss citizens and persons with residence or habitual abode in Austria are allowed to enter. Entry for humanitarian reasons or in the compelling interest of the Republic is also possible. The use of the exception for commuters is not permitted.

For persons entering from a virus variant area or having stayed in such an area in the past ten days, entry is only possible with a negative molecular biological test result (e.g. PCR). The testing obligation also applies to vaccinated and recovered persons.

Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens or Swiss citizens as well as persons residing in Austria who have been in a virus-variant country in the past ten days may enter the country without a molecular biological test, but must retake the test within 24 hours. The negative test result must be presented at a control.

In addition, a 10-day quarantine must be entered immediately. The quarantine is considered to be terminated if a molecular biological test result (e.g. PCR) is performed at the earliest on the fifth day after entry and the test result is negative. The negative test result must be presented at a control.

The regulation on the landing ban for aircraft from these states has been extended up to and including June 20, 2021.

  • Further special provisions apply to the following groups of persons:
    • Humanitarian workers
    • Persons entering the country for professional purposes
    • An accompanying person entering for medical reasons
    • Persons entering the country for the purpose of fulfilling a compulsory obligation imposed by a court or by the authorities, such as attending court hearings
    • Strangers, if they have a photo ID pursuant to Section 5 of the Official Residence Act
  • Entry within the framework of regular commuter traffic:
    • For professional purposes
    • To attend school or university
    • For family purposes or for the purpose of visiting a life partner
    • Is possible with a medical certificate, a vaccination certificate, a convalescence certificate or a test result (vaccinated, tested, convalesced)

If the proof is not possible, a molecular biological (e.g. PCR) or antigen test must be carried out immediately, in any case within 24 hours after entry. The negative test result must be presented at a control. The exemptions for commuters still do not apply to entry from virus variant areas. Commuters must complete an electronic registration Entry Form – Pre-Travel Clearance like all other entrants, but only renew it every 28 days.

  • Entry for medical reasons is permitted without restriction (no quarantine, no test) if absolutely necessary medical services are received in Austria. This regulation applies to:
    • Austrian citizens
    • Persons who are subject to compulsory health insurance in Austria
    • Persons who have been granted treatment by an Austrian hospital

Proof is required in the form of a confirmation of the unconditional need for medical treatment in accordance with Annexes G or H.

If someone has residence or habitual abode in Austria, the re-entry of these persons is possible without restriction after claiming absolutely necessary medical services abroad.

When re-entering the country, a confirmation of the absolute necessity of the utilization of medical services in accordance with Annexes G or H must be carried along and must be made credible in the event of an inspection.

  • Entry into the country for unforeseeable, urgent reasons within the family circle that are particularly worthy of consideration, such as above all:
    • Serious cases of illness
    • Deaths
    • Funerals
    • Births
    • The care of persons in need of support in emergencies

is possible vaccinated, tested, recovered.

If the proof cannot be provided, a molecular biological (e.g. PCR) or antigen test must be performed within 24 hours of entry.

  • The special reason worthy of consideration in the family circle must be proven, e.g. by the following documents:
    • Copy of death certificate
    • Funeral invitation
    • Hospital confirmation
    • Copy of birth certificate
    • Confirmation of date of birth
    • Medical certificates
  • Entry on the occasion of plannable other important events in the family circle such as:
    • Weddings
    • Baptisms
    • Birthday celebrations or the non-regular visit of the life partner

is possible. The general rules of the COVID-19 entry regulations apply,

Other legally applicable entry regulations (e.g. visa and residence regulations) must still be observed.

  • The following groups of persons may enter without restrictions (for these entries the COVID-19 entry regulation does not apply):
    • Persons entering for the purpose of maintaining the movement of goods and persons (if the country of destination is not Austria, exit must be ensured)
    • Persons entering for compelling reasons of animal care or for measures necessary for agriculture and forestry in individual cases
    • Persons entering in the context of a professional rendition journey/flight
    • Persons entering the country in the compelling interest of the Republic of Austria
    • Transit passengers or persons passing through Austria without a stopover; this also applies to exclusively indispensable interruptions, provided that exit is guaranteed
    • Persons entering Austria for the purpose of a repatriation journey/repatriation flight, including the accompanying organs of the public security service
    • Persons crossing foreign territory coming from Austria without a stopover in order to reach their destination in Austria
    • Persons in emergency vehicles within the meaning of § 26 StVO or vehicles in public service within the meaning of § 26a StVO
    • Persons entering the municipalities of Vomp-Hinterriss, Mittelberg (Kleinwalsertal) and Jungholz
Benjamin Wolf
Benjamin studied Journalism, History and International Affairs. After stints with Cafébabel in Paris and Arte in Strasbourg, he is now working as managing editor and COO for Metropole in Vienna. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history. Photo: Visual Hub

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