The general coronavirus quarantine requirement no longer applies when entering Austria as of Wednesday, May 19; they were phased out in favor of a certificate that shows proof of vaccination, testing, or recovery (3-G rule). Vaccinated or recovered individuals will not be required to go into quarantine when entering from a high-risk or high-incidence country; however, this does not apply to those that have simply been tested.
In addition, the Health Ministry announced, countries affected by virus variants will remain subject to strict regulations.
“Many countries are recording a drop in new cases. That is why we can relax entry regulations on the day of the reopening,” Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein explained. Any vaccination approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or that passed the equivalent WHO process will be accepted – this excludes the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, but includes the Chinese-made Sinopharm, which received emergency WHO approval.
No Quarantine for Most EU Countries
“Quarantine is also required for entry from high-incidence areas, and even stricter rules apply to virus-variant states,” Mückstein added.
The low-incidence countries that are not subject to quarantine are (in alphabetical order):
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- Vatican City
Travelers from the above countries may enter Austria for any purpose, including tourism, provided they have an up-to-date verification of 3-G. If their results are no longer current, they must take another test within 24 hours. A vaccination certificate – such as the yellow Impfpass issued in German or English – counts as proof.
To verify recovery, a medical or official document written in German or English which confirms that a COVID infection was successfully treated within the last 6 months is sufficient.
High-Risk Countries in the EU
To enter from a high-risk or high-incidence country a 3-G certificate is required, with those that were only tested still having to go into mandatory quarantine: If they test negative again on the 5th day after entry, quarantine is lifted.
This category includes visitors from (in alphabetical order):
- The Netherlands
Entry from countries with virus variants – currently Brazil, India and South Africa – will remain restricted. Only Austrian citizens and those who hold residency or a second home in Austria will be allowed entry – with a negative molecular PCR test as a prerequisite.
The Health Ministry did clarify that entering the country for humanitarian reasons or while in service of the Republic is possible. However, a PCR test is still mandatory – even for the vaccinated and/or recovered. Austrians and Austrian residents who have spent the previous 10 days in a virus-variant country must take a PCR test within 24 hours, with health authorities verifying compliance.
Landing restrictions for aircraft arriving from South Africa, Brazil and India have been extended until June 6. Entry from any other country is still prohibited and will only be permitted for exceptional circumstances, such as traveling for work or study. Commuters will remain exempt from these measures – except those arriving from areas affected by virus variants.
Children aged 10 or older must be tested, and quarantine requirements also apply to them; however, they are waived if their parents or guardians are exempt. Online registration under https://entry.ptc.gv.at/ is still necessary before each entry; commuters are only required to register every 28 days.