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    Austria Travel Guidelines

    Last Updated : 31st May 2021
  • Can I travel to the Austria?
  • NO

  • Visa and Immigration related updates:
  • The Austria Visa Application Centres in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi & Kolkata have resumed accepting limited long stay category applications. Mumbai is accepting limited short stay (C category) and long stay (D category) visa applications.
  • Long Term - Student Visitor and Work Visa only on Wednesdays in Mumbai

  • Pre-Travel Clearance
  • All travellers entering Austria MUST register digitally in advance to obtain a so-called "pre-travel clearance" (PTC). At the border, they will need to show their PTC (either digitally or as a hard copy). All data collected will be deleted 28 days after the traveller has entered Austria.
  • Regular cross-border commuters have to obtain pre-travel clearance every 28 days.
  • Certain exemptions apply.
  • Find more information on the pre-travel clearance here and find the form you need to fill in before travelling here.
  • Proof of Vaccination, Past Infection, or Negative Test
  • In addition to pre-travel clearance (see above), anybody entering Austria has to show any one of these three documents:
  • Negative COVID Test
  • You need to show a PCR test no older than 72 hours OR an antigen test no older than 48 hours. (For travellers from certain countries, only PCR tests are valid, please see below.) Tests need to be issued by a medical authority; self-tests are not valid. Children under 10 do not need to show a test.
  • Vaccine Certificate
  • The following vaccines are recognised: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sinopharm. You are considered "vaccinated" starting on the 22nd day after your first dose, lasting for 3 months. After the second dose, the validity extends for another 6 months. Vaccines that only require one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose.
  • 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.
  • What proof is accepted?
  • Proof of negative test, vaccination, or past infection can be a doctor's certificate, an official test result, a vaccination certificate/vaccination card/vaccine passport (including a pdf from an electronic vaccine passport, either on your phone or as a hard copy), or an official/medical certificate proving a past infection, either in German or English. If your original certificate is not in English or German, please use this official health certificate in German or English as proof. If you are unable to show any of these documents, you are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours of arriving in Austria.
  • Hotels and restaurants are allowed to reopen. Find protective measures here.
  • Shops, museums, culture and leisure facilities are open. Events can take place again under strict protective measures. Find more information here.
  • A landing ban for flights from South Africa, India, and Brazil is in effect. On 1 June, a landing ban for flights from the UK will go into effect.
  • New entry regulations are in effect. Additional local rules for certain regions with high COVID numbers may be in effect (please check locally; find a German-language list here).
  • For almost all public indoor and some outdoor spaces (hotels, restaurants, events etc.), you will need to show either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection. Find more information on these so-called "entry tests" here.
  • You are required to keep a minimum distance of 2 m (6.5 ft) to people from other households.
  • FFP2 masks are required on public transport and in other public spaces.
  • We will provide more information as it becomes available.
  • Please note: The following information has been researched with the utmost care. However, we can provide no guarantee of accuracy.
  • 19 May: Hotels and restaurants, leisure and cultural facilities are now allowed reopen. Travellers from certain countries can travel to Austria for holidays again.

  • Wearing mask is mandatory in supermarkets, bank and post offices, public transport, taxis, pharmacies in the health sector and in services.
  • Major events are prohibited until 31 Aug, max number of guests at Guided tours seem to be 9 persons.

  • Social distance
  • At least 1 meter.

  • Border / Entry
  • Austria has suspended the entry of third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens), including U.S. citizens, entering Austria from outside the EU and the Schengen area.

  • Hotel
  • Re-open on 29 May, but breakfast to be taken inside the room .

  • Coach
  • 5-seats car: max. 3 passengers;
    9-seats car with 3 rows: max. 5 passengers;
    9-seat car with 4 rows: max. 7 passengers;
    No mandatory distance between the guest on coach (e.g. 40 pax in a coach that fits 50 pax max is fine).
  • Train
  • Since 18 May, runs as usual with restricted – wearing mask.
  • Public Transport
  • Since 18 May, runs as usual with restricted – wearing mask.
  • Shops
  • Open as usual with restricted – wearing mask.
  • Restaurants
  • Re-open on 11 May with restricted – max. 4 persons + their children per table.
  • Entrance
  • Re-open on 29 May - Recreational facilities and sights.
    Planned opening dates in Vienna / Planned opening dates in Salzburg