Requirements for Air Travelers to the United States

Updated December 3, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Travel to the United States VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: Effective November 8, 2021, all non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. See the NIV/ESTA information below for details. The new travel policy rescinds the …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Vienna (December 1, 2021) 

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Austria: Vienna, 1st District – Maria-Theresien Platz and Ring Road Lower Austria – Landhaus Boulevard (St. Pölten) Burgenland – Europaplatz 1(Eisenstadt) Upper Austria – Landhausplatz 1 (Linz) Steiermark – Herengasse 16 (Graz) Kärnten – Arnulfplatz 1 (Klagenfurt) Salzburg – Chiemseehof (Salzburg) …

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Demonstration Alert: U. S. Embassy Vienna – November 20, 2021

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: 1st District- Heldenplatz marching counterflow on Ring Road – Final Event scheduled for 18:00 at Ballhausplatz.  1st District- Museums Quartier 12:00pm – 8:00pm 1st District– Rathaus 1st District- Stadtpark 1st District- Staatsoper (State Opera) 12:00pm – 8:00pm 1st District- Schwarzenbergplatz 1:00pm – 6:0pm 1st District- Platz …

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National Interest Exceptions for Travel to the United States during COVID-19 restrictions

Updated 11/8/2021 The NIE Program has ENDED! Das NIE-Programm wurde beendet! National Interest Exemptions (NIEs) are no longer required or valid for travel to the United States.  Presidential Proclamation 10143, which suspended travel from the 26 Schengen countries has been rescinded and replaced by a new travel policy requiring foreigner non-immigrants traveling to the United States to demonstrate …

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Health Alert (November 3, 2021)

Location: Worldwide  Event: On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Vienna (September 3, 2021)  

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: 1st District: West Train Station, Christian-Broda-Platz to Heldenplatz, 5:00 pm to 7:15 pm. The possibility exists that the demonstration may move near the Rathaus area near the OeVP headquarters. Event: A registered protest is expected in the 1st district of …

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Covid-19 Information

Last updated: 08/11/2021 Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive health and security updates. ***   All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel, regardless if you have already been fully vaccinated.  This can be a PCR or Antigen “Shnell” rapid test, …

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Covid-19 Information

***   All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  This can be a PCR or Antigen “Shnell” rapid test, paper or electronic copy, bearing your name, date of birth and lab name.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may …

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Traveling with expired U.S. Passport

U.S. citizens can use their expired U.S. passports to return to the United States through December 31, 2021. This applies only to U.S. citizens whose passports expired on or after January 1, 2020. Expired passports cannot be used to travel from the United States to an international destination or to travel to a foreign country …

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Covid-19 Information

Last updated: 06/09/2021 ***   Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  This can be a PCR or Antigen “Shnell” test, paper or electronic copy, bearing your name, date of birth and lab name.  …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Vienna (May 1 & 2, 2021)  

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: Near the Albertina (1st  District next to the Burggarten and the Hofburg) 16th District near the Ottakring U3 station Keplerplatz in Favoriten (10th District) The Graben and Freyung (near the Schottentor U-Bahn Station) Heldenplatz (1st District in front of the Hofburg) Event: Several registered …

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Change in Services Alert (April 7, 2021)

REDUCTION OF CONSULAR SERVICES  U.S. Embassy Vienna has suspended all routine consular services from April 1 until at least April 18, 2021.  All applicants with previously scheduled appointments will be contacted to re-schedule.  The Consular Section remains open for emergencies only. The City of Vienna government has announced a hard lockdown from Thursday, April 1 through …

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Change in Services Alert (March 30, 2021)

REDUCTION OF CONSULAR SERVICES  U.S. Embassy Vienna has suspended all routine consular services from April 1 until at least April 11, 2021.  All applicants with previously scheduled appointments will be contacted to re-schedule.  The Consular Section remains open for emergencies only. The City of Vienna government has announced a hard lockdown from Thursday, April 1 through Saturday, …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Vienna (January 30-31, 2021) 

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: Heldenplatz Resselpark Maria-Theresien-Platz Other central locations in the city. Event: Up to 17 different protests expected throughout the city this weekend, organized by a variety of groups related to the COVID prevantative measures with potential counter protests. Actions to take: Avoid …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)

Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and …

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Voting in Georgia Runoff Elections and Other 2021 Elections

U.S. Consular Section Vienna offers free delivery of mail-in ballots for all U.S. elections, including the January 5, 2021, runoff election for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats. Information regarding runoff elections, including registration and voting deadlines, can be found at  FVAP.gov . Ballots for the Georgia runoff election must be dropped off at U.S. Consulate Vienna no later …

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Reduced Consular Services Due to COVID-19 Lockdown

On Nov. 15, Austrian government officials announced a nationwide lockdown beginning Tuesday, November 17 until Sunday, December 6 to combat the spread of COVID-19.  All retail businesses, shopping centers, schools and offices will close, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, post offices, banks, gas stations and “Tabak/Trafik” convenience shops. Restaurants, bars, cafes, museums and …

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SECURITY ALERT

There is a continuing police action in Central Vienna with heavy police presence in Vienna’s First District. Subjects related to yesterday’s terrorist attack are still at large as of this morning. Public transportation is disrupted. The Government of Vienna has urged residents to stay indoors and away from downtown Vienna to allow police to focus …

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Absentee Voting Process

Last week, Deputy Consular Chief Cesar Soriano invited U.S. Citizens living in Austria to a Facebook Live chat on the absentee voting process.  If you missed it – no worries!  Please check out the recording where Cesar explains how to vote from abroad, various differences among the states, and answers questions from our viewers!

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Voting by Absentee Ballot in the 2020 U.S. Elections

This year, the U.S. Elections will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd. In some states voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2020 election are as early as October 5th. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, we recommend that you complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA-pdf)  each year to …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Vienna (July 10, 2020)

Event:  Due to COVID-19, Austria is at a State Department Travel Advisory level 4, which means “DO NOT TRAVEL.” Americans wishing to depart should leave immediately via commercial aircraft. U.S. citizens remaining in Austria should be prepared to shelter in place.  Whether to depart Austria or remain is a personal decision. Information Regarding Flights to the …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Vienna (July 2, 2020)

Event:  Due to COVID-19, Austria is at a State Department Travel Advisory level 4, which means “DO NOT TRAVEL.” Americans wishing to depart should leave immediately via commercial aircraft. U.S. citizens remaining in Austria should be prepared to shelter in place.  Whether to depart Austria or remain is a personal decision. Information Regarding Flights to the …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Vienna, Austria (July 2, 2020)

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: Mariahilferstrasse and Neubaugasse Waehringerstrasse U6 Station, moving towards Schottentor, ending at Minoritenplatz. Events:  On Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., a protest organized by Black Lives Movement will be held at the U6 Waehringerstrasse at 5:00 pm. The group plans to …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Vienna (June 19, 2020)

Event:  Due to COVID-19, Austria is at a State Department Travel Advisory level 4, which means “DO NOT TRAVEL.” Americans wishing to depart should leave immediately via commercial aircraft. U.S. citizens remaining in Austria should be prepared to shelter in place.  Whether to depart Austria or remain is a personal decision. Information Regarding Flights to the …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Vienna (June 12, 2020)

Event:  Due to COVID-19, Austria is at a State Department Travel Advisory level 4, which means “DO NOT TRAVEL.” Americans wishing to depart should leave immediately via commercial aircraft. U.S. citizens remaining in Austria should be prepared to shelter in place.  Whether to depart Austria or remain is a personal decision.  Information Regarding Flights to the …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Vienna (June 5, 2020)

Event:  Due to COVID-19, Austria is at a State Department Travel Advisory level 4, which means “DO NOT TRAVEL.” Americans wishing to depart should leave immediately via commercial aircraft. U.S. citizens remaining in Austria should be prepared to shelter in place.  Whether to depart Austria or remain is a personal decision.  Information Regarding Flights to the …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Vienna, Austria (June 4, 2020)

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: MuseumsQuartier on Mariahilferstrasse The corner of Boltzmanngasse and Strudlhofgasse (near the U.S. Embassy) Event:  On Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., a protest organized by Black Lives Matter and SPÖ will be held near the MuseumsQuartier on Mariahilferstrasse. On Friday, …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Vienna (May 29, 2020)

Event: Due to COVID-19. Austria is at a State Department Travel Advisory level 4, which means “DO NOT TRAVEL.” Americans wishing to depart should leave immediately via commercial aircraft. U.S. citizens remaining in Austria should be prepared to shelter in place.  Whether to depart Austria or remain is a personal decision. Information Regarding Flights to …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Vienna (May 14, 2020)

Event:  Due to COVID-19. Austria is at a State Department Travel Advisory level 4, which means “DO NOT TRAVEL.” Americans wishing to depart should leave immediately via commercial aircraft. U.S. citizens remaining in Austria should be prepared to shelter in place.  Whether to depart Austria or remain is a personal decision. Information Regarding Flights to the …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Vienna (April 27, 2020)

Note: Updated information will be prefaced with (NEW). Event:  Due to COVID-19. Austria is at a State Department Travel Advisory level 4, which means “DO NOT TRAVEL.” Americans wishing to depart should leave immediately via commercial aircraft. U.S. citizens remaining in Austria should be prepared to shelter in place.  Whether to depart Austria or remain …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vienna, Austria (March 26, 2020)

Location:  Austria Event: On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.  The government of Austria has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vienna, Austria (March 18, 2020)

Location: Austria Event: The Government of Austria has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Vienna (March 13, 2020)

Location:  Worldwide Advisory Issued Event: The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has become a global pandemic. Due to efforts to slow the spread of the virus, severe travel disruptions and closing of public venues have occurred in Austria and around the world.  The President issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending travel to the U.S. from the Schengen Zone, but this does not …

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ALERT: Visa Services Suspension

On March 11, 2020, the President issued a new Presidential Proclamation titled “Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus.”  This proclamation suspends entry as nonimmigrants or immigrants for aliens who were physically present within the 26 countries of the Schengen Zone during …

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Demonstration Alert – Demonstration on February 3rd, 2020

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: The corner of Boltzmanngasse and Strudlhofgasse (near the U.S. Embassy) Event: On Monday, February 3, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., a demonstration against President Trump’s Middle East Plan is scheduled to take place.  Less than 100 people are expected …

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Demonstration Alert – Demonstration on January 24, 2020

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna:  Central Vienna (along the Ring) Hofburg Palace Complex Heldenplatz Vienna State Opera House Event: On Friday, January 24, 2020, the annual Wiener Akademiker Ball will take place at the Hofburg Palace Complex in the First District.  Austrian police have reported that …

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Voting in 2020 U.S. Elections

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, …

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Demonstration Alert – Demonstration on January 10, 2020

  Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: The corner of Boltzmanngasse and Strudlhofgasse (near the U.S. Embassy) Event: On Friday, January 10, at 5:00 p.m., a Vigil for peace against a war between the U.S. and Iran. Actions to take: Avoid the areas of demonstrations. Exercise caution if …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Vienna (January 9th, 2020)

Location:  Austria Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to take: Avoid the areas of demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity …

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Demonstration Alert – Demonstration on December 6-8, 2019

  Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: Theodor-Herzl-Platz, 1010 Vienna Event: On December 6-8, 2019 protesters will gather from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day to protest increases in fuel prices in Iran. Actions to take: Avoid the areas of demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of …

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Demonstration Alert – Demonstration on October 3, 2019

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: Central City Hall (Rathaus) Zwingli Kirche OeVP headquarters Event: On Thursday, October 3, 2019 from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., a political march and demonstration by the group “Wieder Donnerstag” is expected to take place and assemble near the OeVP …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Vienna (December 3rd, 2018) 

Location:  Austria, countrywide Event: During the holiday season security measures in Austria remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners. Actions …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Weather Alert

Location:  Austrian Alpine Regions Event:  The Austrian Weather Service and the European Avalanche Warning System report that the avalanche danger is high over widespread areas in the mountainous regions of Austria. Some parts of Austria have reached a level five warning on the European Avalanche Warning scale (the highest threat level). Weather conditions can change …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel …

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