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Austria - Covid travel and national health rules, EU Digital Covid Certificate

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To ensure safe travel, EU countries have agreed on a co-ordinated approach to free movement restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. EU rules now take into account your COVID-19 status as proved by a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Information on travel and health measures in the EU is available online and provides travellers with up to date details of any special rules in place as well as data on infection rates.

Check for any specific measures that may apply when travelling to Austria.

What are the rules to enter this country from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

COVID-19 travel entry restrictions were lifted in Austria. Travellers are not required to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result, except when entering from countries or areas with a high epidemiological risk. 

Countries and areas with a high epidemiological risk (no such countries or areas are currently listed): Travellers entering from these states and territories are required to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or testing, complete the pre-travel clearance form, and self-isolate for 10 days (this period can be shortened with a negative test after 5 days at the earliest).

 

Learn more:

Official Travel Portal


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You can find the latest information on air travel regulations for this country on the IATA website.

You can also find information about your passenger rights on our portal for citizens.

Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays

What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

COVID-19 travel entry restrictions were lifted in Austria. Travellers are not required to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result, except when entering from countries or areas with a high epidemiological risk. 

Countries and areas with a high epidemiological risk (no such countries or areas are currently listed): Travellers entering from these states and territories are required to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or testing, complete the pre-travel clearance form, and self-isolate for 10 days (this period can be shortened with a negative test after 5 days at the earliest).

 

Learn more:

Official Travel Portal


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You can find the latest information on air travel regulations for this country on the IATA website.

You can also find information about your passenger rights on our portal for citizens.

Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays

Can I transit this country?

COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted in Austria. The usual transit rules apply.

National health measures

Almost all measures were lifted except in vulnerable settings (e.g. nursing homes, residential facilities for the disabled and health care facilities). Stricter rules may apply at the regional level.

Learn more:

The Official Travel Portal

Use of facemasks

FFP2 masks or an equivalent are worn in vulnerable settings (e.g. nursing homes and health care facilities).

In Vienna, facemasks are compulsory for everyone from the age of 14 on public transport and in pharmacies. Children younger than 6 are exempt, and those aged 6 to 13 can wear regular facemasks.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent. There are exceptions e.g. outdoors, when a minimum distance of 2 meters to other people can be maintained (for more information, see the rules for Quarantine).

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events

Yes

For events of more than 500 persons, the organizer must formulate an appropriate COVID-19 prevention concept, so that for larger gatherings (such as concerts) some restrictions may apply.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent (for more information, see the rules for Quarantine).

Safety measures for public transportation

Wearing FFP2 masks when using public transportation is not compulsory. However, wearing a FFP2 mask in public transportation might be obligatory in certain regions (such as Vienna). 

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent (for more information, see the rules for Quarantine).

Places of worship

Yes

Places of worship are open without restrictions. 

Stricter rules may apply at the regional level. 

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent (for more information, see the rules for Quarantine).

Quarantine

Since 1 August, persons who test positive for COVID-19 are no longer obliged to self-isolate, but they must follow certain restrictions (see below). These rules apply after a positive PCR test as well as an antigen test (if, however, the positive result of the antigen test is not confirmed by a PCR test taken within 48 hours after the positive antigen test, the restrictions no longer apply).

Restrictions:

  • Obligation to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent. There are some exceptions e.g. outdoors, when a minimum distance of 2 meters to other people can be maintained.
  • Prohibition to enter certain facilities (exceptions apply e.g. for employees). This includes nursing homes, residential facilities for the disabled, healthcare facilities, daycare facilities for the dsiabled and the elderly, nursing schools, primary schools and other childcare facilities for children under the age of 11.

Duration:

  • The restrictions apply for a maximum of 10 days.
  • Early lifting of restrictions from day 5 is possible (requirement: a negative PCR test or CT 30 or higher). 

Learn more:

FAQ : Tests and quarantine (in German)

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops

Yes

All shops and services are open without restrictions.

Stricter rules may apply at the regional level.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent (for more details, see Quarantine).

Tourist accommodations

Yes

Tourist accommodations and services are open without restrictions.

Stricter rules may apply at the regional level.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent (for more details, see Quarantine).

Catering establishments

Yes

Catering establishments are open without restrictions.

Stricter rules may apply at the regional level.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent (for more details, see Quarantine).

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions

Yes

Cinemas, museums and other indoor attractions are open without restrictions.

Stricter rules may apply at the regional level.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent (for more details, see Quarantine).

Personal care services

Yes

Personal care services are open without restrictions.

Stricter rules may apply at the regional level.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent (for more details, see Quarantine).

Outdoors areas and beaches

Yes

Outdoor areas and beaches are open without restrictions.

Stricter rules may apply at the regional level.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent. This rule does not apply outdoors, when a minimum distance of 2 meters to other people can be maintained (for more details see the rules for Quarantine).

Ski facilities

Yes

Ski facilities are open without restrictions.

Stricter rules may apply at the regional level.

Persons who test positive for COVID-19 are obliged to wear continuously a FFP2 mask or an equivalent. This rule does not apply outdoors, when a minimum distance of 2 meters to other people can be maintained (for more details see the rules for Quarantine).

Other measures

Visitors to nursing homes, residential facilities for the disabled and health care facilities must provide proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result. Furthermore, a FFP2 mask or an equivalent must be worn in certain vulnerable settings (e.g. nursing homes and health care facilities). 

National use of COVID-19 Certificates

Information on 'EU Digital COVID Certificates' issued in Austria

In Austria, the 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' for national use is required to access nursing homes, residential facilities for the disabled and health care facilites. Stricter rules may apply at the regional level. Consult the Measures section for further details.

Vaccination certificates (for two doses) for national use are valid for 180 days or, if the person is under the age of 18, they are valid for 210 days. Vaccination certificates for further doses (third or fourth dose) are valid for national use for 365 days.

This does not affect the rules concerning the validity of vaccination certificates for travel entry: 270 days for people older than 18 years; unlimited validity for anyone under the age of 18 and for those who have received booster doses). 

Learn more:

The Official Travel Portal

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The 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' (EUDCC) is digital proof, valid in all EU countries, that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recovered from COVID-19, or has received a negative test result. National authorities are responsible for issuing the certificate.

Learn more:
EUDCC - Questions & Answers
EUDCC - Factsheet

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