Covid-19 Information

Last updated: 08/11/2021

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***   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, paper or electronic copy, bearing your name, date of birth and lab name.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Austria, advising U.S. citizens to Reconsider Travel to Austria due to COVID-19. Austria was downgraded to Level 3 on August 9 due to increasing number of COVID cases. 
  • As of August 11, the number of new COVID cases per 100,000 residents over the past 7 days is 41 (up from less than 10 in June).  Up-to-date information on the COVID situation in Austria can be found on the Austrian government’s official travel portal, Austria.info.  Austria has re-instituted mask and crowd size restrictions in eastern Tyrol province. 
  • The Austrian government and businesses follow the “3G Rule(short for German “geimpft, getestet, genesen – vaccinated, tested, recovered”). Everyone over age 6 must comply with the 3G rule. 
  • Travelers from the United States may enter Austria if the meet the 3G rule: either proof of full COVID vaccination, a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or proof of recovery from COVID within the past six months.  For complete details, visit Austria.org (Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.), or Austria.info.
  • Austrian business such as restaurants, bars, hotels, museums, cinemas, theaters and other cultural facilities require patrons to follow the 3G rule.  For U.S. citizens who have been fully vaccinated, most businesses will accept a photo of your CDC vaccination card or WHO Yellow vaccination card on your phone. 
  • Due to increasing COVID-19 cases among young people, certain businesses including nightclubs / discotheques, and after-hours bars require patrons to present proof of being fully vaccinated, or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours; antigen schnell / rapid tests are not accepted.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Austria?  Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes
  • COVID-19 tests are available throughout Austria at airports, “Apotheke” (pharmacies), public and private labs, government testing centers, and pop-up kiosks.  
  • Most airlines will accept either a PCR test or Antigen (Antigen-Schnelltest), paper or digital copy. The test must show your name, date of birth and laboratory name.  
  • Travelers may incur charges for COVID-19 tests. Residents may have access to free COVID-19 testing. Average costs are $30 for Antigen rapid tests and $100 for a PCR test.
  • U.S. citizens can obtain COVID-19 tests at Vienna International Airport.
  • Residents of Vienna can obtain free antigen tests at the Vienna International Center.
  • Click here to see a list of nationwide private labs offering COVID-19 testing in Austria (in German). 
  • Test results are usually delivered by text message or e-mail, or you may request a paper copy from the lab. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: 

  • Has the government of Austria approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes. 
  • Are vaccines available in Austria for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
    • All residents of Austria who possess an eCard (Austrian national healthcare) are eligible to receive free COVID-19 vaccines. 
    • U.S. citizens who are visitors may be required to pay.
  • What vaccines are available in Austria? Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca (phasing out). 
  • As of August 11, 60.1% of the total Austrian population have received at least one vaccination; 54.8% are fully vaccinated). 
  • For more information, visit the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Care and Consumer Protection website. 
  • U.S. citizens who are residents of Vienna can register for COVID-19 vaccinations at impfservice.wien (German and English). Residents of other provinces should check with local health department for information.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • Please see visit Travel.State.Gov for Vaccine Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. As of June 24, 2021, residents of the United States are permitted to enter Austria with proof of COVID vaccination, a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours, or proof of recent recovery from COVID.
  • U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to take direct flights between the United States and Austria to avoid third-country restrictions, especially the United Kingdom.
  • U.S. citizens traveling from a high-risk, virus-variant country are prohibited from entering Austria.  Please click here to see the list of low-risk and high-risk countries.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Austria as tourists should avoid transiting London or other U.K. airport. The United Kingdom is considered a virus-variant country. The Embassy has received reports of U.S. citizens who were denied boarding connecting flights from London to Vienna. Entry from the UK to Austria is restricted to Austrian citizens, residents, student visa holders and travelers with an approved purpose of travel, even if you are just changing planes and not leaving the airport. 
  • For the latest entry requirements, visit the website of the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C., or the Austrian government’s official travel portal at Austria.info.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Maybe. It depends on where you are traveling from and your vaccination status.
    • Travelers from the United States are not required to possess a negative COVID test if they have been fully vaccinated, or show proof of having recovered from COVID within the past six months. 
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Is a COVID test required to transit only through Vienna airport? No
  • For up-to-date entry and exit requirements to/from Austria, please visit the Austrian government’s official Travel Portal at Austria.info. 

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • The provincial government of Tirol has re-introduced mask and crowd size restrictions due to spiking COVID cases, and mandatory testing for non-vaccinated persons when traveling out of high COVID areas. 

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  It depends on where they are traveling from and their vaccination status.  
    • Those who are fully vaccinated, as well as those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months, do not need to quarantine unless they have recently traveled to a virus-variant area. 
    • Travelers from virus-variant areas are required to quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine can be ended  by a negative COVID test taken no less than 5 days after arrival.
    • Cruise ship passengers: U.S. citizens who test positive during mandatory ship-board testing will be required to disembark and quarantine at a hotel for 10 days at your own expense. 

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Masks covering the mouth and nose are required on all public transportation.

Fines for Non-Compliance: 

  • Violations of mask mandates, social distancing, movement restrictions, or other anti-COVID measures may be prosecuted as an administrative offense, punishable with a fine of 90 Euros per incident. Businesses may be fined up to 1,500 Euros for failing to follow “3G” anti-COVID measures.

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. Consular Section Vienna is open with reduced appointments for American Citizen Services, Non-Immigrant Visas and Immigrant Visas. 
  • Appointments are required for all services.
  • The Consulate is located at Parkring 12A (Marriott Hotel building, plaza side entrance), 4th floor, Vienna, Austria. 
  • If you are a U.S. citizen with urgent travel plans, please e-mail ConsulateVienna@state.gov or call +43-1-31-339-7535.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) applicants: If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, or you have other visa-related questions, please contact our visa support team at  (0043) (0)72011 6000, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (local Austrian time) or support-austria@ustraveldocs.com.
  • We only accept appointments from applicants who are physically present in Austria. If you live in another country, please contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 
  • All visitors to the Consular Section age 6 and over are required to wear masks and maintain a safe distance from other customers. 

Local Resources:

  • Please call 1450 if you believe you may have COVID. You will be given further instructions regarding testing.  Private testing may also be available in consultation with your doctor.
  • If you have a medical emergency, you should continue to use the 1-1-2 emergency number for a life-threating illness.
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